UK Training Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) : 10085245.
Please scroll down for current details of  day and half day courses aimed at professionals ( with some relevant for parent/carers as well) and courses designed for parent/ carers ( with some relevant for professionals ).

Day/half day courses 

Please check course learning outcomes to ensure your chosen course is relevant and appropriate for you.

If you are booking for someone else please ensure they are aware of all of the course expectations and learning outcomes so that it is relevant and appropriate for them.

All courses are based on:

  • The lived experiences and insights of autistic individuals
  • Evidence based research
  • Sarah’s professional and lived experience and practice as an educationalist with 30 years’ experience in mainstream and specialist settings primarily working with autistic children and young people and as a parent. For more details of her background please go to the ” About Sarah” page on the website.
  • All courses are aimed at those in educational settings but will also be informative to those from other professional settings and sometimes also parent/carers . Please check the course learning outcomes to see if it will be relevant for you.

Autism in the Early Years

NEW DATE ! 12th March – 9.30a.m.- 3.30p.m. 

Investment cost : £100 pp

Venue :  The Resource Centre, Meath Street, Middlesbrough TS1 4RY.

Trainer: Sarah Houghton-Birrell

To book or for more details please telephone: 01642 595363 or
email: thebungalowpartnership@gmail.com 

Refreshments are provided but to keep costs to you to a minimum we ask that you bring your own lunch

 Suitable for staff in early years settings with no or limited knowledge of autism  e.g. T.A.’s / Nursery Nurses/Teachers/Childminders etc  in mainstream/special

“Thank you, Sarah, for your time, support and teaching, you have such passion it’s impossible to not get caught up it in and I’ve totally caught the bug”

  •  Being aware of and understanding the issues around early diagnosis and its importance and the distinguishing difficulties in young children with autism
  • Knowing and understanding some of the common characteristics, challenges and strengths as they present in young autistic children
  • Acquiring evidence-based strategies for support and progress in behaviour, learning, play and everyday life to enable optimal outcomes
  • Being aware of issues experienced by young children with autism and their families and methods to support them to provide optimal outcomes for all concerned
  • Opportunities to discuss issues which may be encountered in your setting

Autism and Anxiety

26th March 2020 , 6 – 9pm

Investment cost £12

Venue : Shotton Community Hub, Bridge Rd, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2PQ.
Trainer : Sarah Houghton-Birrell

To book or for more details please
email: thesensoryplace19@outlook.com

or follow this link : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autism-and-anxiety-course-tickets-89433842029?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&fbclid=IwAR3kbxL4LEZeRRJ16rO1-SAkPZluTvXE_aoV6PxqhaUoqzzzRsit5vVoQWs

This course is designed for parent/carers however other professionals may also find it helpful. A basic knowledge of autism will be assumed however if this is not the case please access this link prior to attending the course https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd.aspx

Course content

  • What we know about anxiety and autism
  • Key causes of anxiety in autism
  • Evidence based strategies , tools and resources for home and other settings
  • Time for questions

Pathological Demand Avoidance     (PDA)

14th May 2020 6 – 9pm

Investment cost £12

Venue : Shotton Community Hub, Bridge Rd, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2PQ.
Trainer : Sarah Houghton-Birrell

To book or for more details please
email: thesensoryplace19@outlook.com

or follow this link : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pathalogical-demand-avoidance-tickets-89434060683?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&fbclid=IwAR1_0xV9i70lLS0l5yq_zU2VLbOEzrnQ814Lx_HN0j-QKHafN5428D8hA7U

This course is designed for parent/carers however other professionals may also find it helpful. A basic knowledge of autism will be assumed however if this is not the case please access this link prior to attending the course https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd.aspx

Course content

  • Understanding what we mean by the term PDA
  • What this means in the context of the autism spectrum
  • Issues around diagnosis and diagnostic criteria
  • The impact on individuals , family and professionals
  • Evidence based strategies for home and other settings
  • Time for questions

Autism and Understanding & Increasing Flexible Responses Using Structure and Visual Resources 

18 th June 2020 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. 

Investment cost : £100 pp

Venue :  The Resource Centre, Meath Street, Middlesbrough TS1 4RY.

Trainer: Sarah Houghton-Birrell

To book or for more details please telephone: 01642 595363 or
email: thebungalowpartnership@gmail.com 

Refreshments are provided but to keep costs to you to a minimum we ask that you bring your own lunch

Suitable for T.A.’s /Teachers/Learning Mentors/Therapists in  mainstream/special/secondary/ primary and  Parents and Carers and other autism professionals may also find it helpful. A basic knowledge of autism will be assumed however if this is not the case please access this link prior to attending the course https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd.aspx

“I have learned so much about why autistic children can seem inflexible and that it is often “can’t” rather than “won’t” and now I have lots of tools to help with this issue”

  •  Know and understand the reasons behind inflexibility of response in autistic individuals
  • Be aware of a wide range of key structured and visual methods that can support autistic individuals being more flexible through understanding what is expected e.g. structured environments, schedules, social stories and other techniques
  • Opportunities to discuss issues which you may encounter, explore and plan key resources, have questions answered and share experiences with colleagues
 Whatever the time of  year we are always happy to take expressions of interest for future Level 3 or 4 Understanding and Applying Good Practice with People with Autism and also Mental Health and Well-being in Educational Settings programmes of learning. Please copy and paste this link into your browser to enquire https://shbassociates.co.uk/contact-us/