The Tizard Seminars
Free to attend - book your place below
Sexpositive education for people with learning disabilities: challenges and opportunities
- Thursday 4 November 17.00 GMT
- With Dr Dilana Schaafsma
- Free to attend
The Behaviour Analysis Journal Club
Our online discussion group allows you to explore the latest research in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and gain continuing education units. Using video conferencing, each event discusses a recent research article and is led by a professional with specialist expertise in the topic. You also explore how research findings can be put into practice.
The events are suitable for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BACBs) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs). Each event provides a type 2 continuing education unit (CEU) from the BACB (Behavior Analysis Certification Board).
The latest topics are listed below; please contact us for information on future events.
Previous sessions have been uploaded to our YouTube channel.
Stigma for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and racism within applied behaviour analysis
- Monday 11 October 18.00 - 19.00 (BST) online via Teams
- Presented by Dr Marija Čolić, Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department, University of Hawaii
- Free to attend
The Autism Journal Club
Free to attend - register below.
Supporting newly identified or diagnosed autistic adults: An initial evaluation of an autistic-led programme
- Monday 19 July, 16.00 - 17.00 BST
- Dr Laura Crane (Centre for Research in Autism and Education, UCL Institute of Education) and Caroline Hearst (Autism Matters, and Founder and Director at AutAngel)
- Laura and Caroline will present their paper on ‘Supporting newly identified or diagnosed autistic adults: An initial evaluation of an autistic-led programme’
- Following a short presentation, there will be an opportunity for discussion, including: Is peer support useful for all autistic people? This is a small scale programme for a small group of people in one area of England - how do we scale this up so that more autistic people could benefit?
- Free to attend
Sensory needs of autistic adults
- Monday 28 June, 16.00 - 17.00 BST
- With Dr Jill Bradshaw, Jane Pringle and Dr Damian Milton
- Free to attend
Short courses and training
In addition to the options listed below, the Tizard Centre can offer bespoke training packages to services. Please contact us for more details or an informal discussion.
BACB continuing education
The Tizard Centre offers CEUs (continuing education units) as an approved continuing education provider for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
The SPELL framework
The SPELL framework, developed by the National Autistic Society, is a socially valid framework that supports the understanding of autism and the development of autism-friendly environments and approaches. It is an individualised and person-centred approach based on five key elements: structure, positive approaches and expectations, empathy, low arousal and links.
- Day one: understanding people on the autism spectrum
- Day two: supporting people on the autism spectrum
- Day three: training for trainers. The day assesses your ability to provide training using the materials that form the first part of the accreditation process. The focus is on providing guidance around using the training materials for understanding and supporting children and adults on the autism spectrum.
It is possible to attend days one and two without attending day three, depending on your training requirements.
We run this course on an annual basis.
Person-centred active support
Training for trainers
Our ‘training for trainers’ course is run at the University’s Canterbury campus.
The first day is classroom-based and provides information on the key issues for delivering materials. The second day focuses on the skills and knowledge required for training and leadership. You need to attend both days of training.
To attend the course, you should have experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities in a facilitative way and work in an organisation where you can gain hands-on practice between sessions.
If you have attended the entire course and would like to gain certification, you are assessed via two video clips – one of you providing support and one of you giving feedback to a member of staff who provides support.
This course runs on a regular basis; to book your place, or find out more, visit our online store.
This training can also be offered as a bespoke in-house course to services that have large numbers of staff to train. For more information on bespoke courses, contact Dr Ciara Padden, Consultancy Manager.
Talking Mats communication symbols tool is based on extensive research and was designed by speech and language therapists (SLTs). It uses unique, picture communication symbols which are attractive to all ages and communication abilities. Talking Mats is being used by clinical practitioners, carers and support workers in a wide range of health, social work, residential and education settings to help people to organise their thoughts and express their views.
This two-part foundation training is structured to allow you time to reflect and develop your own communication skills between the sessions. You are provided with a topic set, so that you can put the resource into practice straightaway. Attendance at both sessions is required. For more information, contact Dr Jill Bradshaw, Consultancy Manager.
Understanding Autism: online course
Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with a free online course produced by Tizard Centre in partnership with FutureLearn.
First identified over 70 years ago, autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting how a person communicates with and relates to others, and how they make sense of the world. It is a spectrum condition; all people on the spectrum share certain difficulties, but their condition affects them in different ways.
The online course explores questions such as: what is autism? It also covers topics such as social communication skills, sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours, co-occurring conditions, strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum and lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum.