Accepting the Autism Spectrum

11 October 2021 @ 09:30 - 13:00
Using a 'Low Arousal Lifestyle’, the trainers talk about life, parenting, and their practice.

Summary of the event:

As practitioners and parents who live using a Low Arousal Lifestyle’, the trainers Paula and Rachel, talk about life, parenting, and their practice. This event will explore Toolbox of Strategies, the tricks, and tools that you use naturally to manage our own wellbeing as we negotiate through the chaos of life. We will consider our own attitudes, responses, and stress levels. Small changes here, can make a significant impact on what happens in the classroom.

There will also be a focus on Building our Toolboxes, as we highlight some of the behaviours that we have encountered, we will discuss the possible causes of this behaviour and explore some of the practical strategies we have used to support our children and young people. There will be an opportunity to build your own toolbox of strategies, based on the principles of The Low Arousal Approach and explore some Case Studies/Personal Classroom issues.

Audience: SENCos, Inclusion Managers, Teachers, TAs, Learning Mentors, Parents

Training led by: Paula Holden and Rachel Swingler

Paula is a Specialist Teacher of Autism, having spent many years in Education, in a variety of roles. She left the mainstream world and immersed herself in the world of special education in 2009. As a teacher and parent to Tim and Bex, both diagnosed with autism, she has been speaking and training for over 15 years. However, following her son’s breakdown, Paula left school-life when it proved that caring and teaching are not compatible, soon after Touch the Spectrum was born. TTS has gone from strength to strength, working with children, young people, and adults, living with autism. Paula holds a variety of qualifications, but nothing that prepared her for living with children with autism and negotiating the world of SEND. In March 2021 she had a stroke, and her world was plunged into uncertainty. Paula is so very grateful that she lives a low arousal lifestyle, her focus on wellbeing has been an essential ingredient in her recovery.

Rachel is a late diagnosed adult and parent of an autistic teenager. She has been home educating H for 5 years, following an unsuccessful transition into secondary school, later followed by an unsuccessful post 16 transition. They live a low arousal lifestyle and work hard at reducing stress to enable H (and Rachel) to be able to access the world. She started contributing to speaking/training events in 2018 and found that she really enjoyed it. Her professional background is in early years where she was a SENCO and a 1:1 for children with complex needs including autism.

Cost: £59+ VAT /person
Refreshments & cold buffet lunch included
Limited discounted places are available for parents on enquiry. Please email

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Advanced booking is required to attend this event.

  • Adults: £59