Autism Fledglings offer the following training workshops. To enquire about any of our courses, please fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.

1. Effective Strategies for Teaching Verbal Behaviour to Individuals with Autism: An Introductory Workshop

This 2 day workshop presented by Dr Lynsey Herdman PhD and Kerry Farrell BCBA is designed to teach parents, therapists, SEN teachers, teaching assistants and other autism professionals on the use of effective strategies for teaching individuals with autism. The workshop will include both theoretical and practical training on effective ABA/VB teaching strategies through the use of video illustrations and role play examples. Delegates will learn how to teach children with autism in both the natural environment and intensive teaching setting and who are at an early learner level.

Topics will include the following:

  • What is ABA/VB and its principles
  • How to teach your child to cooperate with learning, and maintain cooperation
  • How to make learning fun and increase motivation to learn
  • How to use reinforcement
  • Intensive trial teaching and natural environment teaching
  • Errorless teaching and effective prompting techniques
  • Assessment and curriculum
  • Functional communication training
  • How to teach play skills
  • How to teach early learner skills
  • How to assess the function of challenging behaviour
  • Proactive strategies to reduce challenging behaviour
  • Data collection
  • How to start a program

Duration:  2 day course (9.30 to 4.00)

Course fee: £130 for parents and £160 for professionals


2. Behaviour that Challenges (Assessment and Intervention)

Challenging behaviour is often one of the major barriers to learning for a child with autism and is defined as behaviour of abnormal intensity, frequency and duration which results in the safety of the  individual and/or others being jeopardised, and limiting their access to the community. Often the challenging behaviour can be a result of deficient communication skills. This course will allow the learner to clearly define challenging behaviour, assess interactions in the individual’s environment that allow for the function of the challenging behaviour to be identified, and suggestions given using specific examples of what proactive strategies can be used to teach more appropriate behaviour.

Duration: 1 day course (9.30 –  4.00)

Course Fee: £70 for parents and £100 for professionals

3. Effective Strategies for Teaching Verbal Behaviour to Individuals with Autism: The Intermediate to Advanced Learner

This course is designed for those working with children who have emerging intermediate skills. That is, the child already has a form of functional communication (either developed through ABA teaching or through natural development) but their language skills, social skills, academic and self-help and leisure skills may still be limited. This course will focus on the following:

  • Transitioning from sign language to speech
  • Teaching requests using sentences, actions, missing items, requesting help, using “yes” and “no”
  • Teaching the learner to request for attention
  • Teaching learners to request information using WH questions
  • How to increase your child’s vocabulary to include verbs, adjectives, pronouns and prepositions
  • Teaching the learner to request items with prepositions, adjectives and pronouns
  • Teaching the learner to answer novel WH questions and recall past events
  • Teaching the learner to follow multiple step receptive instructions
  • Teaching reciprocal conversation
  • Teaching the learner independent play with socially appropriate toys
  • Teaching social skills
  • Teaching early to advanced receptive, visual performance, motor imitation, tacting and intraverbal skills
  • Advanced self help skills
  • Using the ABLLS to develop a natural environment teaching plans
  • Academic skills (Key stage 1 to 2)

Duration: 3 days

Cost: TBC

Please Note: In order to qualify for a place on our Intermediate to Advance Training Course, attendees must have attended introductory ABA course and be able to show evidence of their attendance.


4. ABA Tutor School Shadowing

This course is designed for those working as ABA tutors on home and/or school programmes and for teachers to better understand the role of the BA shadow in the classroom. The course will allow the learner to ensure that the child is accessing as many of the mainstream curriculum and activities that are meaningful to the child. It will allow the learner to help develop the child’s independence in school and to generalise skills taught as part of the home programme. The course will cover the following areas:

  • How to develop and maintain positive working relationships with school staff
  • The role of the school shadow
  • How to use reinforcement (if required) in the classroom
  • How to use prompts and prompt fading in the classroom
  • How to identify and prioritise targets using the national curriculum levels
  • How to develop communication with peers
  • How to develop interactive play skills with peers
  • Effective communication strategies between the school and home programme
  • How to teach classroom routines

Duration: 1 day

Cost: £70

5. Life and Leisure Skills

Skills such as tolerating a haircut, a dental check up or learning to ride a bike can be very challenging for individuals with autism. Using video examples, effective ABA strategies will be demonstrated to show how the following skills can be taught:

  • Tolerating hair cutting
  • Tolerating dental check-ups
  • Teeth Brushing
  • Nail cutting
  • Bike Riding
  • Swimming

Duration: 1 day

Cost: £70


6. Toilet Training

Many parents can find toilet training both challenging and stressful when it comes to teaching it to their child with autism. This course will cover the different methods that can be used to teach toilet training including intensive toilet training and habit training. Strategies for teaching night time toilet training will also be covered.

Duration: 1 day

Cost: £70