Autism expert to give free workshop at Les Cotils on 13 July 2015

June 26th, 2015 by Carey Olsen

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

Autism expert, Gina Davies, will visit Guernsey to deliver a foundation level training course to early years practitioners in Guernsey thanks to the local branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) and sponsorship raised by Carey Olsen.

The Attention Autism programme will be taught from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July 2015.

During her visit Ms Davies will also deliver an evening presentation for parents and carers and any professionals unable to attend the daytime course.

The free evening session ‘Behaviour – Let’s Tackle Some!‘ will be at Les Cotils, St Peter Port beginning at 7.30 pm on 13 July 2015.  The National Autism Society book library will also be available to browse at this time.

Tickets to attend the evening session must be booked via Eventbrite.

The Attention Autism programme is designed to fit easily into pre-school settings; building skills for life focusing on attention, communication and social skills.

Ms Davies has developed the programme at her specialist autism centre shaping the training for early years practitioners in both mainstream and special pre-school and school settings, childminders and pediatric speech and language therapists.

Ms Davies, a qualified speech and language therapist, turned her passion for communication development into practical and joyful intervention strategies for parents and professionals dealing with autism. She has worked with hundreds of autistic children and their carers and families.

The Guernsey branch of NAS fund raises to hold events locally for families affected by autism including the running of a sensory toy library and various family activities.

Catherine Hall, Guernsey NAS branch officer, said “we have received numerous requests from professionals seeking support in engaging children with autism but we have never been able to offer training for early years practitioners.”

“The sponsorship from Carey Olsen has enabled us, among other things, to bring Gina over to offer this transformative course to local professionals which could improve life for many children in Guernsey living with autism, and their families.”

Carey Olsen staff selected NAS as one of the charities they wished to support during 2013 to 2015.

Following the visit by Ms Davies, the NAS plans to host follow-up sessions for small groups showing recorded seminars that Ms Davies has given on social skills, behaviour and toilet training in order to facilitate discussions and share ideas.

Please email [email protected] for more details about the programme.

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