West Heath School

Twilight & Tailored Training Courses

We offer a range of training opportunities; either join us at a one of our Twilight events, held between 5-7pm once a term at West Heath School in Sevenoaks, or arrange a bespoke training package to be delivered at a venue of your choice.

Fees:    Twilight Training – £10.00 per head

Inset Training – £200 (2 hours), up to 25 delegates

 

High Functioning Autism (ASD)

Teachers and support staff are more likely than ever to be working with young people whom have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition. The challenges faced by this group in accessing their education effectively are broad and variable in their impact for each individual. A greater understanding of how these challenges manifest themselves in the classroom and the resulting behaviour is essential in allowing teachers to support this group of learners effectively.

The key objectives of this session will be:

  • To relate the traits associated to ASD with challenges individuals face in their day to day lives.
  • To gain an understanding of the impact of the educational environment on an ASD individual
  • To understand the ‘anxiety’ faced by this group and the depth of impact this can have.
  • To explore practices that can enable effective learning outcomes for ASD learners.

 

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDAS)

PDA is a term first coined in the 1980‟s by Professor Elizabeth Newson to describe a group of children who exhibited a unique cluster of symptoms. These children often resembled other children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome but they were atypical in their presentation….however they were all typical of each other.

PDA is best understood as an anxiety-driven need to be in control and avoid other people’s demands and expectations. Young people with PDA are complex individuals: Everyday demands / implied suggestions ‘disables’ their ability to comply and they share many of the social communication/interaction and sensory difficulties seen within the autism spectrum. However, they can also show similar levels of anti-social, callous and unemotional behaviour as individuals with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD).

The key objectives of this session will be:

  • To explore and understand the main features of PDA
  • To examine how PDA differs from ASD and ODD
  • To provide strategies to help youngsters with PDA

 

The Developmental Effects of Childhood Maltreatment

“Child maltreatment, sometimes referred to child abuse or complex trauma, includes all forms of physical and emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect and exploitation that results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, development or dignity” (World Health Organisation).

Childhood maltreatment is becoming increasingly recognised as a significant public health problem and is now regarded as the highest – and costliest – public health risk in the US. The consequences of maltreatment in childhood and adolescence can be significant throughout the lifespan with adults who suffered early maltreatment reporting increased risk of physical health problems, mental illness, addictions, involvement in criminal and antisocial activities, unmet life goals, difficulty with relationships, and increased risk taking behaviours.  Disturbingly, they were also more likely to continue the cycle of maltreatment with their own children.

The key objectives of this session will be:

  • To understand the theoretical background relating to the effects of childhood maltreatment
  • To explore the different types of emotional, behavioural and cognitive difficulties that result from maltreatment
  • To recognise what happens when things go wrong
  • To explore what can be done to make things better

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood.

  • The three key features of ADHD are: Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
  • Those with ADHD may experience social, academic and psychological impairments
  • The exact cause of ADHD remains unknown but is likely to be an interaction between genetic and environmental factors
  • Whilst there is no ‘cure’, there are treatments that can help, and ADHD is among the most treatable psychiatric disorders.

 

The key objectives of this session will be:

  • To explain what ADHD is, and the difference between the different types
  • To gain an understanding of what may cause ADHD
  • To have an understanding of how ADHD is currently diagnosed
  • To have an understanding of what can be done to help someone with ADHD

 

Workplace Effectiveness

There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s effectiveness in the workplace, ranging from subject specific skills and knowledge through to the extent to which the individual experiences a rich sense of meaning and purpose in their work. In this session however we will focus on the significance of our capacity to effectively manage our internal state when faced with the pressures we so often experience in the workplace. We will explore in practical terms specific techniques that can enable us to not only be aware of, but more effectively manage our response to everyday challenges. In so doing you will have the opportunity to take home and apply strategies and techniques that will support you to engage increasingly effectively both in the workplace and beyond.

The key objectives of this session will be:

  • To understand underlying processes that impact on our reactions to circumstances in the workplace
  • To identify strategies and techniques that can enable increased awareness of these processes
  • To explore, and have an opportunity to practice such techniques