NHS Education for Scotland and Autism Network Scotland held the Good Practice Event for Education on March 28th at the University of Strathclyde’s Collins Suite.
After Dr Gail Milroy of the NES set the context for the day, the morning began with two presentations on Early Years practice. Speech and Language Therapist Marion Rutherford talked about a range of visual support projects for schools across Edinburgh. Principal Teacher Lorna Johnston from Edinburgh Council spoke on Playboxes and their application within learning environments.
Following this, Claire McEachran from Glasgow Council talked about Parent Groups within the Primary School context. Teachers Alana Spence and Christine Garcia started the consideration of Secondary School examples showcasing the Girls Group which they had run in East Renfrewshire. Janette Kerr from Dundee Council and Judith Robertson from Dundee College spoke about the project AIM – Anxiety in Motion which supported school refusers back into education and to transition into college. There was a special video section for this presentation from young people who were now at college. It was great to see some of the young people who had taken part in the AIM project attend the event on the day as well.
To end the presentations Judith Scott from the ASIST team in Fife Council talked about supporting transitions highlighting examples and supports across all stages.
The day progressed with an afternoon of three workshops, each looking at good autism practice in a particular educational stage; Early Years, Primary and Secondary.
Below you will find presentations from the day: