ASD-EAST Training for specialist teachers

Training description

Through the learning formats of lectures, workshops, discussion groups, case studies, examples from school and everyday life, the focus of the ASD-EAST training is:

  • to introduce key knowledge
  • to enhance understanding and
  • to improve practical skills in the use of appropriate strategies for teaching primary school students with ASD in both mainstream and special education educational settings.

This curriculum has been identified through multiple methods: a literature review, a review of current ‘best practice’ in autism, and a survey of the knowledge, confidence and self-identified training needs of teachers who work with children with ASD in Croatia, North Macedonia and Poland. The curriculum comprises six modules addressing the following topics:

  1. Supporting communication
  2. Emotional regulation
  3. Social skills
  4. Sensory needs
  5. Modifications and adaptations
  6. Challenging behaviour

 The objectives of the training are:

  • to enhance knowledge and understanding about the diverse needs of students with ASD
  • to improve skills of professionals (mainly specialist teachers) working with students with ASD in different settings
  • to empower professionals to be able to make evidence-informed decision to support inclusion and participation of students with ASD in mainstream and special schools
  • to support professionals to develop their skills in communicating and collaborating effectively with parents and professionals so that the knowledge and understanding of students with ASD is shared in schools and communities.
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Dr David Preece (University of Northampton)

Dr Natalija Lisak (University of Zagreb)

Dr Ivana Lessner Listiakova (University of Northampton)

Dr Jasmina Stošić (University of Zagreb)

Dr Joanna Kossewska (Pedagogical University of Krakow)

Dr Jasmina Troshanska (Autism Macedonia Blue Firefly)