We offer a variety of teacher aide professional development workshops across a number of regions.
One of our most popular is our Understanding Hidden Disabilities in the classroom.
We also have a number of literacy and numeracy workshops and work a lot in supporting reading perceptual issues.
Teacher Aide Professional Development Sessions – For all types of Teacher Aides - Understanding and Exploring Hidden Disabilities - like Autism, Intellectual Impairments, Speech Language Problems and reading and perceptual difficulties – unique, fun, ‘hands on’ and interactive. Lots of Practical Solutions explored….
One of its kind workshop – combining two of our most popular workshops – ‘Understanding Hidden Disabilities like ASD and Asperger’s and our Reading and Perceptual Issues literacy workshop - don’t miss the chance to participate in this ‘hands on’ active, learning experience about disability and diversity…
Suits all types of teacher aides – general, special needs etc. it does not matter what area of support you work in –you can bring along your teachers too!!
Sharon Boyce won the 2008 Human Rights Award for her work with this program. It creates real knowledge and understanding of difference and explores educative techniques that really work.
The Inclusive Classroom/ Physical and Hidden Disabilities/ plus Reading / literacy & numeracy development and support - Teacher Aide & Teacher Professional Development' – Hands – on, fun learning
- try all the different experiences
- explore ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome
- understanding Dyslexia
Every day, I go into schools I am so impressed with stories of support about how well Teacher Aides are working across schools in their multitude of roles. I shouldn’t just say stories, but the actual demonstration of the help we receive is really great. Some of my most exciting workshops are with teacher aides who have worked in so many areas and different jobs that they bring a whole new perspective to the area of education. It is this team attitude that I really love, especially those who are working in the area of supporting children with their many diverse needs. Keep it up.
- Experiential disability awareness with hands on approach and a particular focus for teacher aides. Explore Physical & Hidden disabilities.
- It aims to give all participants a handle on understanding some of the issues and feelings that face the students in their classroom/care every day. It will be a positive, energizing experience that will leave all with key solutions they can utilize in their everyday lives.
- Discussions involving real life experiences. All questions explored.
- We are often more aware of physical disabilities but sometimes can find it quite a bit harder to understand disabilities like Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment, Speech language problems, Dyslexia and many other hidden disabilities. We explore them all!
- The sessions aim to keep inclusion progressing to create diverse learning environments.
- Half Day PD sessions – fun, exciting, energizing and worthwhile – building on prior knowledge. You won’t be bored!
- All participants receive a certificate of completion.
- Small group sessions, guaranteed to make a difference.
Understanding Hidden Disabilities
We are often very aware of physical disabilities but find it quite a bit harder to understand disabilities like Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment, Speech language problems, Dyslexia and many other hidden disabilities.
This workshop is called 'The Inclusive Society/ Hidden Disabilities - Professional Development'. It aims to give all individuals a handle on understanding some of the issues and feelings that face the others in their world every day. It will be a positive, energizing experience that will leave your staff with key solutions they can utilise in their everyday teaching.
We base our hands on activities around five key hidden disabilities and simulate an experience of them all. These are then related to pedagogy and curriculum. All questions are answered and resources supplied. A frequent comment from participants is that they have often spent years researching and reading about a specific disability, like ASD, and have still not understood it. However after they have experienced our simulation and discussions help them to gain a real understanding. Through experiential learning comes a deeper understanding. Hidden disabilities are very complex and very difficult to really gain a good knowledge of. Our feedback from people who have completed this workshop is always that they really benefited from attending and they loved the hands on nature of the session. This positive workshop experience takes a short amount of time. It will help solve complex problems and create solutions in your schools.
Our program is unique and our simulations on Autism, Intellectual and perceptual difficulties and many of the other demonstrations are very powerful. For staff that may feel like they need a little more information on some of the people they have to work with who are a little bit different, these sessions will really help them gain confidence and a working knowledge of hidden disability.