New in 2021: Creating neurodivergent friendly learning environments

(and teaching environments for neurodivergent staff)

In a sentence:

In this talk Dr Chloe Farahar, an Autistic academic, walks attendees through example practical things educators can do to make learning environments neurodivergent inclusive.

Overview:

In this talk Dr Chloe Farahar, an Autistic academic, walks attendees through example practical things educators can do to make learning environments neurodivergent inclusive. To be neurodivergent inclusive in the classroom it’s important that we acknowledgeaccommodate, and normalise inclusive practices, this means:

  • Acknowledge: Learning about neurodivergence and inclusive practices – that’s what you’re doing with this session!
  • Accommodate: Adjusting our practices
  • Normalise: Normalising these practices for everyone – not just singling out neurominorities

Dr Farahar can also discuss how to make the teaching environment neurodivergent inclusive for staff who are neurodivergent themselves (e.g., Autistic; attention differences; dyslexic; dyspraxic; anxiety; etc.).

Detailed layout:

  • Who am I (Dr Chloe Farahar)?
  • Questions to ponder…
  • What is neurodiversity really?
    • Common neurodivergences
  • Challenges and strengths
  • Neurodivergent friendly learning environments for students
    • Example for practical strategies

(if time/wanted)

  • Neurodivergent friendly teaching environments for staff
    • #AutisticsInAcademia suggestions for neurodivergent inclusive academia

Q & A

Each individual workshop suits a two-hour (or more) timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.  

Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and workshops have been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80+).  Workshops are appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+, and 10 years+ for the neurodiversity day event), and have been carried out with: teenage school children; foundation degree students; degree students; charitable organisation staff/volunteers; Metropolitan Police personnel; support and well-being staff etc.

Fees: Training sessions are £100 per hour per trainer. If you are a charitable organisation with limited funds still get in touch and we can see what we can do – we never want to price out organisations wanting to improve their understanding of Autistic experience.