The Autism Together Model has been developed by the organisation Autism Together to be much more than a ‘physical intervention’ course.
It is a two-day course, but this can be increased to three-days if appropriate, and will be reflective of the needs of the people you support. This will give you a theory-based understanding of the Together Approach and our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) philosophy. The course explains how a person’s autism diagnosis, along with their environment, can impact on that person’s behaviour.
It teaches that when an autistic person displays behaviours that challenge others, this is a valid attempt to get a need met. This behaviour may occur when the individual is unable to meet this need due to environmental barriers, skill deficits or communication difficulties.
Our course will help develop your knowledge and understanding of these difficulties, helping you see the issue from the point of view of the person you are supporting. You will also develop the skills needed to identify the settings, events and triggers which can make behaviours of concern more likely, while learning how to use observation and monitoring tools to understand why these behaviours are occurring.
Using this approach, you will be able to develop proactive strategies to support individuals to have their needs met, without them having to display behaviours of concern.
Stuart Lyons is our PBS lead and, alongside training manager Michelle Walklett, has pioneered this course and brought it to successful national accreditation in just two years.
Stuart Lyons says:
“Our ATM course teaches staff that when an autistic person displays behaviours that challenge others, this is a valid attempt to get a need met when environmental barriers, skill deficits or communication issues are blocking the way.
“The benefit of the ATM course curriculum is that it enables staff to ‘join the dots’ of all the different aspects of autism and behavioural support, while promoting quality of life for the people they support and gaining important approaches to use in their jobs each day.”
Michelle Walklett explains:
“This training will take the form of 1-to-4 day courses, annual refreshers, train the trainers, trainer relicensing and course workbooks.”
Over the last few years, we have been working hard to gain national accreditation for the Autism Together Model, which has been designed specifically for organisations which support autistic people.
We are very proud to have received full approval and accreditation from the British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD).
BILD is an organisation which certifies that the needs of people with learning disabilities are properly understood and met, while ensuring the quality of related services are maintained to exacting standards.
The course does this by marrying the organisation’s existing methodology, known as the Together Approach, with a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) philosophy to help understand how a person’s autism diagnosis and their environment can jointly impact on their behaviour.