At the first stage of the project, launched in January 2018, partners identifyed 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 teahcers and pupils, and more generally by families.
These situations served as basis for the development of the ETTECEC training content, released in July 2018:
Curriculum: “Diversity and Inclusion course for teachers”
MODULE 1: UNDERSTANDING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
1.1 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, the way the child perceives the world
MODULE 2: GUIDELINES ON HOW TO DETECT AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
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 WHEN WORKING WITH AUTISTIC CHILDREN AND SELF-CARE METHODS FOR TEACHERS
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
The ETTECEC training for pre-school teachers will be fully available online soon in English, Spanish, Czech, Slovenian and French.