Autism Spectrum Disorder Autistic experience

In a sentence:

Autism Spectrum Disorder Autistic experience: A critical perspective: What is autism & what it is not; what psychology is catching up with; why autism is not a disorder but a neurodivergence.

In this workshop Dr Chloe Farahar demonstrates a critical perspective on what is presently called Autism Spectrum “Disorder”, and helps provide practical advice on how to approach and support neuro-divergent students. 

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

Workshop overview:

  • What is autism – what it is not (myths and misconceptions)
  • What psychology is catching up with
  • Why autism is not a disorder

(more detailed layout):

  • What is autism – what it is not (myths and misconceptions)
    • Autistic strengths
    • Mind your language
  • What psychology is catching up with:
    • Autism is more than an “extreme male brain”
    • Autistic people are also:
    • Men, women, non-binary, trans, queer people who do not experience autism as an “extreme male brain” – external vs. internal phenotype/expression
  • Why autism is not a disorder
    • How different psychological disciplines can approach a phenomenon differently (theoretically, methodologically etc.)
    • Why humanity is neuro-diverse

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…
  • Advocates
  • No, I may not “look” like your child…

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.