Honouring Autistic Communication
In Speech and Language Therapy Practice
Length: 2.5 hours
Upcoming training date:
To be confirmed
Review of contemporary evidence base that informs Neurodivergent-affirming SLT practice with children and young people. Explore how flawed, outdated theories e.g., Theory of Mind, Central Coherence, do not reflect Autistic cognition
Autistic Communication Characteristics, Interaction Styles
Problems with standardised assessments in identifying how to empower Autistic students' communication
Strategies & supports which honour Autistic communication and interaction styles
Supporting attention and processing differences
Includes 30 minutes of Q&A
CPD Certificate will be available
The first in a new series of training on Neurodivergent-affirming practices to support Autistic children & young people. Based on lived experience and contemporary research, learn how and why SLTs can embrace a Neurodivergent-affirming model of Speech and Language Therapy.
The dominant model of Speech and Language Therapy for Autistic children and young people is to reduce their inherent social communication attributes through encouraging eye contact, teaching conversation scripting and other neuronormative social skills. The evidence base is not proven for using these psychosocial interventions, despite these being often the most common supports offered. With the growing evidence base highlighting the harms of teaching Autistic children and young people to mask or camouflage their authentic selves, we aim to help SLTs embrace a new affirming model of support which nurtures Autistic communication skills.
All trainings can be booked individually and delivered to your service / team / organisation