Here at the Springfields Academy autism is our passion and we aim to support, enable and empower autistic learners every day.
Since the majority of children and young people with autism are educated in mainstream settings, working with Springfields Autism Support provides access to expertise and experience. Consequently, if you’re looking to develop your understanding of the autistic learner then we offer a range of ways to help.
Autism Education Trust Training
We are delighted to hold the schools training license from the Autism Education Trust for Wiltshire, meaning we are approved to run AET training programmes.
The AET shares our aim of improving the quality of education for children and young people with autism. AET training programmes are supported by the Department for Education and over 207,000 people have received AET training. We believe that all staff basic should have a basic awareness of autism and the Making Sense of Autism module is for everyone in schools from cooks to caretakers, from governors to drivers. Good Autism Practice is aimed at practitioners and focuses on the strategies to develop good autism practice. Leading Good Autism Practice is for leaders and managers in schools who have a focus on the whole school SEND strategy. Extending and Enhancing Good Autism Practice explores autism in greater depth and looks at the theories of autism such as Theory of Mind. The module on Complex Needs provides strategies for those leaners with autism who may need more support and specialist teaching.
You can find out more about the range of AET programmes that we offer on their website:
Training in Your Setting
We can offer a range of twilight training sessions that take place in your setting.
Sessions normally last between 1-2 hours, but this can be adapted to suit your needs. We cover a wide range of topics including:
- An Introduction to Autism
- An Introduction to Communication and Visuals
- Supporting and Managing Anxiety
- Supporting and Managing Distressing Behaviour
- Enabling Environments and Sensory Needs
- Executive (dys) Function
- Central Coherence
- Can people with autism see things from different perspectives? An introduction to Theory of Mind
- Making Maths concrete for the autistic learner