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Understanding Autism

The Pines multi agency team offer an overview to ASC.

This full day course in ASC is offered to all education staff, care staff and parents.

It covers the following topics:

  • Autism Awareness,

  • Sensory Processing, 

  • Communication,

  • Challenging Behaviour 

  • Star Analysis 

  • Practical Strategies 

This involves presentations and workshops in an innovative & interactive style  that really makes you reflect on your practice



Food, Mood & Behaviour

This 3½ hour session is led by Dave Rex, Specialist Dietician for Highland Council’s Care & Learning Directorate.

This session will explore:

  • How our food environment influences child food preferences.

  • Sharing the latest research from Food & Behaviour research conferences.

  • How nutrition affects children’s mood, behaviour and learning.

  • The pros and cons of Nutritional Medicine” for children with Autism or ADHD

  • Choosing nutritional supplements and compliment a child’s food intake.

  • Practical steps to broaden the food choices of selective eaters at home and school.

The target audiences include:-

  • Parents and carers of Autistic children.

  • Parents and carers of children with mood disorders.

  • Parents and carers of selective eaters.

  • Staff from health, social work, education and third sector, working with children listed above.

  • Professionals and carers involved in fostering and adoption.


Autism Everyday Challenges – An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Children with Autism can find everyday activities (for example, teeth brushing, playing in the playground and bedtime) challenging.

The focus of Occupational Therapy is to promote ways to make everyday activities as successful as possible for the child to participate in. 

We will explore a range of reasons, (e.g. motivation, anxiety, sensory based) which may cause challenges for the child in everyday activities. 

We will explore and consider ways to help a child with Autism to participate in activities more successfully.


  • To understand WHAT the occupational challenges are for children with Autism in school, home and community settings.

  • To be aware of range of reasons WHY a child might be having these difficulties.

  • To explore HOW we may help a child be more successful in everyday activities

  • Participants will be supported to develop their own action plan from range of suggestion/strategies discussed.


Social Stories

Social Stories were developed by Carol Gray to help teach social skills to people with autism.

Training in Social Stories is offered to all educational staff, care staff and parents.

It covers the following topics:

  • What is a Social Story?

  • Who are they for?

  • How to write a Social Story

  • How to present a Social Story

This half day workshop involves presentations and practical activities that will teach the skills required to create Social Stories. Social Stories can be used to help the child or adult with ASC develop the social skills needed to deal effectively with situations both at school, work and at home.



The Pines
Drummond Road,

01463 720 030