The courses and talks which we have been asked to deliver over the years to parents, teachers, and healthcare staff in hospitals and residential services.
A service for parents, teachers and health staff.
"I learned to be conscious of why we are thinking things and how to perhaps communicate with ours more evenly and less stressfully"
"I learned that no one system, may be adequate and the technology may be used for different purposes"
"Engaging presenter !! Lots of useful information."
"I feel this course has covered so much and I have gained so much from it I can’t think of anything else that could be included."
"I didn’t realize how many opportunities there were each day to work on communication, both formally and informally. Excellent"
"I have learned loads. I have to minimise distractions. Keep my language simple, not have long sentences. smaller sentences in chunks. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Try and encourage turn-taking. Use visual clues."
"Lots! Simple approaches to use in the classroom. Helped me to understand myself and how my own mindset could have an affect on my classroom."
"I really enjoyed it & I will recommend it to other SNAs & Teachers. I look forward to putting the information I learned into practice."
"I learned that it’s ok to let a child have these emotions, as long as we provide them with tools to help them come back down the scale again to help them feel ok"
"Lisa really knows her stuff"
"I found the dyspraxia speech disorder very interesting and learnt the importance of using visuals."
"Lisa was very easy to listen to and gave some very good examples of situations that we could understand"
"The eight area’s covered each had their own learning, from the use of the abc approach to grandma’s rule it is important to consider how our reaction to each situation can impact the child."
"Thank you for a very informative course. It was concise, to the point and very clear. I found the instructor particularly easy to listen to."
"Potential approaches in how to deal with ‘challenging behaviour’ and the need to be aware of your own state of mind when/before dealing with it."
"I learned about choosing something that interest them to base the social story on, also the importance of positivity & not setting the child up to fail"
"I learned to give a child time to process what you are telling them. Show picture support. Show good listening yourself"
"Found it very interesting. As someone who already works in a special needs school there was plenty of content that would really help me when working with a child who has down syndrome."
"A very important couse for my life and tools that I will use to recognise my state of mind and recognising how it fluctuates throughout the day."
"I liked how the instructor broke the course down into different sections. She was very clear and her simple explanations were very easy to follow. She used personal experiences which are very relatable. Her synopsis was very well structured and detailed."
"Good overview of AAC devices and allowed user to gain knowledge and make proper choice in what suits students best"
"I really liked that there were videos to demonstrate how to use the different strategies. I find these very useful as for myself, I find it easier to learn when I am able to see exactly how the techniques are used."
"I got a much better insight into all the differences between the sensitivities of a child. I could see than in some of the kids I work with were hypersensitive for some and hypo sensitive for others, I never really realised that they could be mixed. I feel that I new have a much better understanding of some of the kids in my class."
"I liked seeing how the ABCs are completed and understand them. I also got to learn about how my reaction to behaviours affect the outcome."
"Loved the style of the video and the fact you could see the pages of the passport as she was explaining them."
"It is important to allow the child to express their emotions but that you should give them strategies to cope with these big emotions"
"I liked the section which explained the visual aids required to make emotional regulation a success."
"I learned to be more aware of my own well being and its importance as not just as a teacher but as a wife and mother."
"Loved this course, especially the importance of teaching and of talking about pain and how it is presented."
"I never realised something pretty obvious: the need of teaching the body parts in order for the children to communicate effectively where it hurts."
"I like that it gave you case scenarios and how to recognise the behaviour and where it’s coming from."
"I learned a lot about sensory issues, I would not be very familiar with these. I learned a lot of new strategies to try out with my children in my class."
"I liked the way it was presented. I liked the ways to look at behaviour and I especially liked the scenarios there were giving and how to approach the behaviour."
"I liked how the course was presented, easy to listen and watch and very approachable and understandable even for people completely new to the autism world."
"Clear slides. Warm presenter. I loved the lecturers personal experience & examples given."
"I found it all really informative. It covered a lot of techniques that would be useful in the classroom that I work in."
"Easy to listen to. Makes you think about how much overthinking you can do"
"I learned a great deal about the stages of development of behaviour, and I did not realise that these stages occur throughout your life and not just in your early years."
"I had never of heard of this before so it was all new!"
"Great course, well done to all involved. I took many notes that I will definitely be referring to throughout my teaching career. Thank you!"
"I really enjoyed the course, I found it very informative and I will watch the videos again to get as much info to sink in as possible."
"Great tips and ideas to help me with the children I work with."
"Thoroughly enjoyed the session, lots of practical ideas and tips."
"I found it very interesting, with some great ideas that I look forward to using when we get back to work."
"Teaches simple techniques on how to approach children that might be struggling with their thoughts and behaviours."
"Great to have someone talking that has first hand experience in supporting children with autism"
"I liked the quick, simple and incidental learning methods. Concise and engaging course. The presenter was informative and her personal stories interesting."
"The different ways that you can alter your teaching to cater for their difficulties. The fact that they are a child with down syndrome and not a down syndrome child -lovely! The verbal and memory difficulties and how to help them in class – found very interesting."
"I liked the walkthrough of emotional support documents"
"The short videos were very helpful and gave great ideas to try"
"The course was very informative. It covered alot in a short space of time. Interesting and practical advice given. I learned alot."
"This course covered a huge range of speech disorders , and explained them all very thoroughly."
"I learned how to complete an ABC chart, which I have heard of before but I would not have felt comfortable completing. I now feel that I could do so, thank you."
"This course is very suitable for people who are working with children with Autism."
"I liked the positive emphasis, the highlighting of the importance of the student’s autonomy and enjoyment and the practical approach she had!"
"Autism 101 gives a clearer understanding from the child’s experience and will be of benefit to individual children within my care."
"It gave a clear insight into all ages of a child with Down syndrome and the difficulties they may face along the way, I found the course very interesting."
"I liked the ideas strategies and scenarios explained. I will try to incorporate these in the Early Years"
"I learned that behaviour is just an action- observation is key."
"I enjoyed this course especially as there were videos to demonstrate all the elements of trying to encourage communication."
"Loved it!! Haven't used Social Stories before. Can't wait to check out websites recommended."
"It was very clear and helpful. I learned a lot from it."
"Love the examples and template! Very useful."
"I learned that it is acceptable for a child to want to ‘escape’ from a situation. That we as educators must take a better look at what is going on, at what the child wants to escape from and why. I learned that it is acceptable to make a ‘safe zone’ within the classroom with cushions etc as a private spot for the child to recharge."
"All the different strategies for teaching communicaton. All techniques were clearly explained. The use of the child alongside the lecturer in the video made it a lot easier to understand."
"So much information given. I have notes upon notes and Jennifer was excellent."
"Course was really well presented and full of practical strategies"
"I never thought of it in the way it was presented in this talk."
"I like the way she makes it interesting from her own personal experiences with her own children. It confirms that what she does works as it has been tried and tested. I like the way in which she invites you to go further with everything."
"I got loads of ideas to work on expressive/receptive language in relation to expressing pain"
"I liked how each form of communication was covered and the pros and cons to each and everyone. I also liked how it was explained how you can prompt the person without going straight to tell the person."
"I loved how thoroughly Jennifer addressed each sensory issue and strategies to help teachers support these children in the classroom. I particularly liked part 3 where Jennifer discussed and gave examples of a number of visuals that would work in the classroom also. This is very beneficial to me as a primary school teacher."
"I learned not to say calm down or don’t be angry/sad. I feel sometimes this can be a normal reaction but from now on I will be saying “What will make us feel a little less ………”"
"It will definitely help me with my work as an SNA. Thank you"
"Having the tools to deal with stress is an important factor to becoming a successful educator and having a healthy life work balance."
"I feel that i can use my new knowledge in the classroom and for my own self-growth."
"I really liked every aspect of this course and feel that I can take a lot of information away from it."
"The course was very descriptive and easy to follow, full of information and ideas that I will use within my own work with the children with Autism that I work with. Great lessons."
"I have been working with some pupils with down syndrome and was never told a lot of this. I learned lots of practical tips that I can use. Thanks"
"I liked how real life situations were given rather than it being focused on hypotheticals."
"I liked that there was a lot of examples used to describe situations.I felt it really helped me to visualise a lot of behaviours and outcomes. I thought it was very informative and easily explained,which i liked a lot. A really good presentation with facts and examples. thank you."
"The delivery of the course was very informative and gave me a lot to help implement in the classroom setting"
"I loved the way it was presented and so clearly explained, also how she said to use phrases like sometimes/ I will try etc, it gives the child the understanding that they will not always get it right nor are they expected too."
"Thank you very much, I really enjoyed the course and found the resources very helpful"
"I learned that it is very important to use the right phrases. That verbal children can help to write social stories with you as opposed to having it written for them."
"The presenter gave very clear instructions on how to help a child with behaviours that challenge. The 8 points were very simply put and easy to follow."
"I like the real life footage, putting the strategies in place"
"I really enjoyed AAC Devices 101"
"The speaker is very articulate and explains things very well. the eight things to consider give a good overview of how best to manage behaviour so as not to negatively impact the child."
"I liked the delivery of the course. The provider was easy to listen to and conveyed her information clearly and concisely. The ideas to teach body parts and concept of pain were very helpful."
"Being a primary school teacher, I have worked with a number of children with ASD throughout the years. However, as a result of this course I feel I have a much better understanding of children with ASD. I learned many new strategies and supports that can be set up in my classroom to help support."
"I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot from it. Thank you!"
"I liked Jacci's down to earth approach and her clear way of explaining things"
"The practical tips on helping a child with down syndrome, such as giving choice, being aware that their physical or health problems may be impacting on their ability to learn in the classroom."
"I really liked the comparison between the t- Rex and the scale, I think a child would really enjoy this"
"I liked the way the course was delivered easy to follow and understand. I also got a few ideas that I could use in my work going forward."
"I liked the hands on presentation, which gave very clear examples that I could relate to children i am working with."
"I have learned in order to teach pain you have to teach body parts and the concept of pain combined. I have been given lots of ideas to do this."
We wanted to ensure a way that anyone who wanted the information, could access it, when they needed it. This single portal now gives you access to all the CATTS online training we have created, as well as allowing you book in-person classes and events (such as Lámh) when they are available. So, take a seat, and see what courses you would like to take by viewing our Full Catalogue, or browsing through the featured listing below.
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