I really enjoyed Sue Larkey's course tremendeously and have learned a great deal, not to mention gaining a new perspective on so many things. Sue was easy to listen to and she kept me engaged with her enthusiasm and obvious caring nature, as she spoke about the children and her experiences with the children, their families and how she has helped them with their many challenges.
Sue's detailed insight of so many things on ASD/Aspergers has suddenly shed so much light onto so many issues for a number of students (and a few children outside my working environment) for me. It made me want to watch it all again, just to see if I can retain even more the second time around. There was just so much to take in. Some of the simpliest ideas and tips have already helped me in dealing with kids one on one. She mentions in her video that if we thought there was any part of the lessons that should be taken out, or perhaps replaced with something else. Well I don't feel I have enough experience as yet, to offer advice as to what needs to be added in her videos, but I personally don't feel there was anything she should take out! There wasn't one lesson that I didn't enjoy and found myself discussing it with others and they definitely made ME stop and think about the way I DO and SAY things a lot more when dealing with the children.
Some of the simpliest of tips which have made me stop and think and others I wasn't aware of, but they all have really helped:
Talk in a monotone voice to tell them what to do.
A red ear - can be a pre-warning to a shutdown.
Make sure they've had a drink of water and been to the toilet before a good learning session is to start.
Ensure you say the child's name BEFORE you give them an instruction (which I thought I was doing quite well, but obviously not well enough).
Children on the spectrum always replace one behaviour with another and you can't stop a behaviour.... but you DO need to replace it!
I could go on and on.... Let alone the list of resources which outline strategies for specific behaviours/issues needing a fresh idea.
So Im very thankful that this course was offered to me and I was given the opportunity to take part and gain some very helpful strategies.
Kind regard, Kerry (Teacher)
Could you please pass on my thanks to Sue for amazing course. As an EA and mum to a child with autism I took so much away with this course, not only for myself, my child and the students I work with but to share with family and teachers. It is the first course I have done that really gets people to reflect on themselves first and then use it as a reflection tool when exploring the complexities of ASD.
Kind regards, Michelle
my apologies if this is the wrong place to send but, I just wanted to say thank you for a very informative & interesting course. i am currently doing a cert3in education support course. Your course has been helpful in enhancing this course & ive looked forward to doing it every week. Very easy to follow & understand. It makes sense. So thank you 🙂 Brenda
Also, can you please pass on to Sue that her course has made the life of one little girl in my room a whole lot easier. Only diagnosed with severe autism this year - the first year of Kindergarten - I was at a loss as I had never taught a child with autism before. This little girl has made me a better teacher and I think, a better person! So on behalf of her, and myself please tell your amazing wife that she is changing lives 🙂 Jane (Teacher)
"Sue......what a gift you are to parents and teachers.....and what a gift to our beautiful young people with ASD. I have just completed your online course, Understanding Autism & Asperger’s Disorder. What a privilege to have spent time with you.
The only thing in my mind that outshines your knowledge, and the comprehensive and practical instruction you give, is the incredible passion you so clearly have for children with Autism. Your call for us all to embrace difference really struck a chord with me.
Thank you for opening up a wealth of understanding for this kindergarten teachers Aide. I am so grateful for all your insights, and most of all, for instilling passion in me." Abby Teacher Aide
"The Course was amazing and very inspiring. I am implementing what I learnt in the course and obtaining fabulous results." Anastastia, High School Teacher
"I loved it so much I did all 5 lessons in one day! So worthwhile .I really liked the examples that were used. I could relate it to so many of my past experiences with students. I definitely feel better equipped to identify the characteristics of ASD students and have some new strategies to use.” Erika, Classroom Support Teacher
"This was the BEST professional learning that I have undertaken for a long time. I have been telling my colleagues about it all day! I have a child with Asperger's Syndrome joining in my Year 7 tutor group and I today I modelled My Life in a Box." James, Secondary School Teacher
"Really enjoyed all the modules and found them opening up the world of our beautiful, individual and talented students. Loved the flexibility of completing the modules. Thanks, Sue.
You make a difference!" Jennifer
“Thank you for a fantastic course. I have gained so much from your stories and videos. I have implement certain strategies with success e.g. student rocking I placed a pillow behind her back guess what the behaviour changed. Yippee” Cheryl
"I am looking forward for your next online course. I am a English second language person and the online course was fantastic, if I didn't understand something, i just need to go back and listen to you again!! It was great for me." Teresa
“Having earlier today completed Module 5 of my online course I just wanted to take a moment to say a big thank you to both Sue & yourself for offering this type of PD. Our physical distance from major centres, coupled with some of our teachers having young children and find it hard to travel for PD, make the online option perfect for us as a collective staff to undertake the same PD.
We also had our CRTs complete the course which is already proving to be very valuable on the days that they are teaching; everyone is hearing the same message and understanding why the strategies we are implementing are important.
Splitting into the 5 modules gave us the perfect opportunity to take on some information, put some strategies into play then come back and continue our learning.” Cynthia
“Many thanks for the webinar online course content … I powered through it Your such a pleasure to watch and it really feels like your in the room and only speaking to me... we could be having coffee,I strongly believe your courses SHOULD BE REQUIRED LEARNING FOR ALL TEACHERS. Many thanks again.Your amazing" Tiffany, Parent
“I completed Sue's amazing course over the holidays. I can't tell you how beneficial it has been for setting up my classroom, getting to know my new student and providing me with the tools to ensure a smooth transition into my class. A day doesn't go by when something happens but then I hear her voice in my head, and I am able to diffuse the situation or prevent it from happening at all. I am so grateful.” Sarah
“Last week I began using the traffic light strategy with a little person in my year 4 class. This strategy of highlighting in green what he thinks will be easy, yellow for challenging and red for hard seems to really make sense to him! He has really responded well to it so far and today I managed to get him to do quite a bit of a Maths test (SINE) in a short amount of time. I even got him to have a go at a yellow question and then when I told him it was enough for today, he came back to ask if he could do more!
In the short time I have taught this student, I know getting him motivated and 'working' can be a challenge, so this is a major breakthrough! I am so glad I have discovered it early in the year as a strategy that works for him. I feel so pleased for him and I could see his confidence and own pride in his achievement. His smile said it all and I sensed a 'lighter' feeling about him afterwards. This strategy is allowing him to respond to me so well!
I just had to share. One thing/strategy at a time, this being my first this year (I just finished the course recently) I am excited about what else I can trial and what results I might get! “ Stephanie