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AUsome Training is autism training designed and delivered by Autistic people ourselves. AUsome Training is run by Evaleen Whelton

AUsome Training is autism training designed and delivered by Autistic people ourselves.

Unfortunately, a lot of “autism training” was designed by people who are not Autistic themselves and is never fact checked with Autistic people or against research from Autistic researchers and professionals. This means that people are getting a lot of misinformation and assumptions based on what people see from the outside. Autistic led training explains the realities of being Autistic and what is really going on for the Autistic person.

This is most definitely as frequently asked question! To explain it we talk about Autistic people instead of autism and we certainly don’t talk about symptoms of autism or any of that overly medicalised stuff! Autistics are human beings who have a different sensory system to non-autistic human beings. We interact with our environment differently to non-autistic people.We have our own language and culture which we are only beginning to explore as a community. We communicate in our own language with other Autistics but our language is often misinterpreted by non-autistics. Autistics have an ability to hyper focus and to become experts on a subject because learning for us is an emotional experience. You can read more in our article Signs of Autism 

We are lucky to have a diverse range of people training with us. Our training and courses are attended by parents, Autistic people, teachers, lecturers, principals and teaching assistants. Many students attend along with social care workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, play therapists, music therapists, psychotherapists, psychologists and other mental health and health professionals. Basically if you’d like to learn more about Autistic people then AUsome Training has something for you.

Alongside our training we also offer products that you can use at home like our Konnect Series Social Skllls Activity books and we also have a range of products to spread our positive messages or to help you to create a welcoming environment

Firstly, we need to look at the culture in the school or organisation. We need to gain a thorough understanding of Autistic people and what life is like when you feel excluded. The sensory environment includes the social environment and learning about Autistic Communication is central to creating an environment that attracts and promotes Autistic Talent. Once we have a good understanding of that we can also look at creating an environment that isn’t hostile to someone who is very sensitive to their environment.

We’ve created a free downloadable book especially for you to explain their diagnosis to them in a very positive and realistic way. You can find that here

There are lots of resources and courses on our site. Take your time because we know a new diagnosis can be overwhelming because there is so much information to filter through. AUsome Training has already spent many years filtering through this information and misinformation so that we can provide you with the best and most helpful advice.

Stimming has been shortened from “Self Stimulatory Behaviour” , that doesn’t fully explain the beauty and complexity of what stimming is and now the Autistic Community are reclaiming that word! We have a wonderful free downloadable resource which gives you a good introduction to Stimming. We also explain it more thoroughly in our courses and in our webinar on Stimming

This is an idea that many people who are not Autistic have and it illustrates a certain misinterpretation of Autistic people. Autistic people are just like other people and we are all different but we have commonalities like sensitivity and communication.  Some of us need more support due to other conditions or because of our circumstances. A lot of things have been mixed into what we call “the autism pot” and we mention these in our training sessions. Some people use terms like “high functioning” or “mild” or “low functioning” or “severe” but those words aren’t really good at explaining and also it’s not very helpful to Autistic people (or anyone else ) to grade people on their perceived abilities.

For example an Autistic person may have oral motor apraxia which means that they cannot speak. For a long time people thought this was “severe autism” but really it’s a separate condition which a person can have whether they are Autistic or not. Unfortunately many people still think that if someone can’t speak that they have low intelligence but that’s not true either and adults who are non-speakers tell us that kids should get access to AAC or learn sign language early on.

These are both medical terms assigned to Autistic people which show little understanding of what it really is to be Autistic. Aspergers used to be a diagnosis which was used by some diagnosticians to mean “mild autism” and by others when the child didn’t have a “language delay”. A few years ago it was removed from DSM, which is the diagnostic manual but some people still use it to diagnose Autistic people. Really there are just Autistic people, who are as diverse as every other population.

It’s not but all the research that was carried out initially and for decades after that was done on boys’ behaviours. Boys and girls behave differently due to societal expectations so it was pretty difficult to find a girl while looking for boys! Up til a few years ago boys were diagnosed four times more than girls but because there is better awareness and because lots of Autistic women are sharing their experiences this is now changing. Some people will say women were not diagnosed because they mask better but I don’t agree with that idea.  I wrote an article about it here 

Our courses were so popular in Ireland that we have created online courses so that you can access them from anywhere at a time that suits you. If you are interested in offline training then we offer courses all over Ireland and also online interactive courses. Have a look at our Courses Section.

We always welcome constructive feedback so that you can help us to ensure that our training and products are meeting your needs. You can contact us here 

We are looking for Autistic people to collaborate with so if you have an idea in mind for a course or webinar then please get in touch here 

You can sign up to individual courses and webinars or you can join us as a member to receive big savings and special offers . Find out more here

Once you registered you can access your account here. From your dashboard you can find all purchased courses and webinars under “My Courses”

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