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2020 - Training Dates - Parents & Professionals.pdf  - Social Stories and Neurovelopmental Differences


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

Do you work with a child with a neurodevelopmental difference such as Autism or ADHD? Do they struggle to follow rules and boundaries due to a lack of social skills appropriate for their age? Would you like to proactively support them by learning how to write a really good Social Story to help them to understand what they need to do? There is a training film available from Highland Council professionals which you can watch in your own time via this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KbcPwqC46Y

Following watching this we would then like to invite you to attend a Social Story writing workshop to look at your child’s individual needs and how you would put a story together. Come with your ideas and we will help you to tweak it as necessary.

If it’s not feasible for you to attend in person, we would be more than happy to support you via Email Rachael.geddes@highland.gov.uk



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.




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