Workshops and training for people working with people with learning disabilities and autism

Access All Areas' facilitators have over 10 years experience providing training to charities (local and national), supported living organisations, local and statutory authorities and providersadvocacy groups and more.

Our learning disabled and autistic facilitators are 'experts by experience', bringing authentic, lived experience - as well as an AIM Awards accreditation - to all training.

All workshops use interactive role-play techniques to ensure authenticity and practical application.

Get in touch on consultancy@accessallareastheatre.org or 0207 613 6445.

 
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Accessible communication skills

Aims: To develop and rehearse good communication strategies when working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism. 

Content: In this workshop, participants will explore different scenarios featuring communication difficulties, misunderstandings and breakdowns. Working with learning disabled trainers, participants will consider ways of communicating clearly and managing situations where communication breaks down.

Suitable for: Staff and volunteers working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism in education, supported living, care and advocacy settings

Key points covered in the day:

  • Body language, facial expression and non-verbal communication

  • Using clear language

  • Handling misunderstandings and confusion

  • De-escalating communication breakdowns

 
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Overloads and meltdowns

Aims: To develop understanding of the causes of overloads and meltdowns for people with learning disabilities and autism, and to explore ways of recognising, managing and preventing them.

Suitable for: Staff and volunteers working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism in education, supported living, care and advocacy settings

Key points covered in the day:

  • Causes of overloads and meltdowns

  • Recognising when someone is feeling overwhelmed

  • Communication strategies

 
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Dealing with discrimination (and other responses from the general public)

Aims: To develop and rehearse strategies for managing discrimination and other negative responses and behaviours when supporting people out in the community. 

Content: Working with learning disabled trainers, participants will consider the best ways to respond ‘in the moment’ whilst making sure the well-being of the person being supported is always paramount.

Suitable for: Staff and volunteers working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism in education, supported living, care and advocacy settings

Key points covered in the day:

  • When is it appropriate to respond to negative reactions?

  • Handling these reactions in public spaces

  • What if the person you are supporting is in the wrong?

  • Coping with your own emotions while supporting others