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What is it? ETTECEC has developed and implemented an innovative pedagogical approach based on the inclusion paradigm of education.
Who is it for? It is addressed to preschool teachers who want to develop their skills to respond to the needs of children on the autism spectrum. The training can also be useful for teachers who work with children above the age of 6.
What is in the content? The ETTECEC course “Diversity and Inclusion course for teachers” includes three modules, all of them based on specific situations that could happen in the classroom: “What is autism?”; “What to observe”; and “Strategies to implement as a teacher”.
How many have tried it? Over 20 teachers from ten schools in Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Spain have been trained and 270 corresponding children have been directly involved in inclusive education methods with a focus on autistic children.
What languages are available? The course is available in English, Spanish, Czech, Slovenian, and French.
How much is it? The course is free of charge.
Curriculum: “Diversity and Inclusion course for teachers”
MODULE 1: WHAT IS AUTISM?
1.1 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, the way the child perceives the world
MODULE 2: WHAT TO OBSERVE?
2.1 Observe the child’s functional activity (play, cognitive tasks, 1:1 interaction, behaviour in a social group, transitions)
2.2 Observe the child’s behaviour: function (internal reasons for certain behaviour), stereotypical routines, sensory issues (including eating issues), basic self-care, trigger that leads to a specific behaviour.
MODULE 3: STRATEGIES TO IMPLEMENT AS A TEACHER
3.1 Develop and implement strategies for structuring the education process: Setting up different places for different activities
3.2 Using visuals for different purposes
3.3 Develop and implement strategies of motivation (internal/external)
3.4 Develop and implement strategies of descriptive commenting
3.5 Develop and implement strategies of anticipating and dealing with child’s acting out
3.6 Develop and implement strategies of survival
3.7 Develop and implement artistic (drama, painting…) activities
At the first stage of the project, launched in January 2018, partners identified and described real-life classroom situations in groups including autistic children.
At the second stage, between March and May 2018, ETTECEC partners completed qualitative interviews with pre-school teachers and were involved in school and classroom observations to detect the problems encountered by teachers and pupils, and more generally by families.
These situations served as basis for the development of the ETTECEC training content, released in July 201. The final version of the training was released in December 2019, after the pilot sessions undertaken in Slovenia, Czech Republic and Spain from July to October 2019.