New in 2019: Neurodiversity event (for young pupils, year 7+):

Understanding & Accepting Neuro-divergent Ways of Experiencing the World

In a sentence:

An age-appropriate half-day event for young school pupils to learn about neurodiversity and different types of neurodivergence.

In this day of activities and workshops Dr Chloe Farahar introduces neurodiversity to young school pupils (year 7+), with a focus on accepting and accommodating their peers who experience the world differently.

This session can also be run as a 1.5 hours:

Explaining Neurodiversity as a family with Chloe
Understanding & Accepting Neuro-divergent Ways of Experiencing the World

(including being Autistic, with downloadable lab notes for families)

Please note that this workshop contains real-life narratives about being Autistic.

Session overview:

  • What is neurodiversity?
  • Thinking differently with Chloe – an introduction to Autistic stimming
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones – the importance of language

(more detailed layout):

  • Task One: What is neurodiversity?
    • Definitions
    • What kinds of neurodivergence are there?
    • Task Two:  – what challenges and strengths are there?
    • Common neurodivergences
    • Task Three: – the banana problem
  • Celebrate & accept neurodivergences – thinking differently with Chloe
    • What is stimming?
    • Stim task – mindful stimming
    • Task Four: The role of understanding and kindness
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones….
  • Task Five: what are your challenges and strengths
  • Stereotypes and language
  • Task Six: What’s in a name?
  • Chloe’s challenge and strengths
  • Summary

If time/required, Chloe can also provide a short presentation on her personal Autistic experiences:

  • Autistic childhood, school, and “friends”
  • Teenage years and “friends”
  • Stimming
  • My kind of relationship
  • Difficulties
  • Strengths
  • What would I change…

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.