Free Autism Awareness Training for Volunteers

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Volunteers and sports coaches who work with children on the Autism spectrum are invited to attend a FREE training workshop on Autism Awareness in March.

The session has been organised by the Guernsey Community Foundation and the Guernsey Sports Commission, and is being delivered by Catherine Hall of the National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch.

It will teach volunteers more about autism and related disorders and how they can better understand and respond to the needs of children on the autism spectrum.

1 in 100 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.  Within a sporting and coaching context, children may experience difficulties with communication, following instructions, fine and gross motor skills, flexibility and adaptability and sensory processing.

The two-hour workshop will explore practical tips and strategies that will help volunteers and coaches to support children with autism and make sporting activities more accessible and inclusive.

‘It is great that we have this opportunity to reach out to another section of the community and we are looking forward to spreading the word about best practice,’ said Catherine.

The workshop is taking place from 6pm-8pm on Monday 4th March at Beau Sejour.  Further information can be downloaded from the Sports Commission’s website – www.guernseysports.com/event. To book a place please contact Oliver Tracey on 747229 or email oliver.tracey@guernseysports.com

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