Talks & Training
A certificate of attendance and number of hours along with a summary of content can be provided for each member of staff that attends Alex’s training. This needs to be agreed in advance.
Alex is autistic, diagnosed at four. As a child Alex found the world a horrifying place. He had heightened senses and a language of his own that very few people could understand. As he moved into his teens he found living life harder than everyone else. This was extremely difficult for him to accept. For years he was terrified of people finding out he had autism. Yet in truth most people could tell he had something.
Alex spent a lot of his early teens in a very anxious state. His attempts at being cool and funny like his peers always ended in failure. This caused Alex to feel depressed and withdrawn. Alex’s attitude towards autism began to change when he learnt about adults with autism who lead successful lives. He learned that there are advantages to having autism. Thinking positively about autism helped Alex cope with having the condition.
Nowadays, Alex is a positive role model who has learnt how to succeed despite the difficulties. He knows what it is to be an autistic teen with all the struggles. This training will help professional to have a better understanding of the young person with autism. Alex uses his experience to provide real world training.
We are able to tailor this to your requirements and if you have a particular topic in mind just let us know. Here are some prepared talks that are also available. If you want Alex to combine different subject just get in touch.
1. Autism and anxiety – Alex shares his own experience of anxiety from his early memories when as a child he found the world a terrifying place right up to today where he talks about his own battle with obsessive anxious thoughts.
2. The effect of sensory issues on the autistic life – In this session Alex will provide an insight into the impact of how Alex’s mixed up senses affected as a child and as now as an adult. He will talk about how he found clothes painful and normal sounds were felt like a rushing train. This workshop can help professionals to gain a greater empathy and understanding of how a child with ASD can struggle with sensory overload. He will speak about the way in which his senses impact his life now as an adult. How he hates physical contact and how he doesn’t often feel pain and can be unaware of his asthma getting out of control. He will talk about his unusual response to pain which can have an impact upon his health.
3. Autism Awareness Training – This talk is a good introduction to staff and carers. Alex has given this talk to college tutors and staff, childminders, social workers, teachers and support workers. Alex can tailor this talk to your particular requirements.
4. Growing up with autism– This talk is aimed at young people who have autism themselves. Alex shares his teen personal experience of always feeling different and wanting to know why and eventually finding out he had autism. This is a positive talk that will help young people who have autism to not feel ashamed of who they are.
5. Autism and me – In this talk Alex gives a humorous introduction to autism and shares some of the ways his life is affected by autism.
6. Autism and medical experiences – Alex gave this talk to a Doctor’s surgery. He shares some of his medical experiences and how medical staff can help individuals who are on the spectrum.
7. Hopes for the future – Alex talks about the things he wants out of life and some of the obstacles that can get in the way.
8. Autism and adulthood – This is a good Autism Awareness Training Session, Alex talks about the help he needs to succeed as an adult with autism.
9. Alex’s Testimony – Alex couldn’t believe in God when he was younger because it’s hard for someone with autism to believe something you can’t see. Alex explains how this changed and how he came to understand the concept of God and forgiveness in his life.
10. Experiences of School – Alex talks about his memories of going to a Special School for two years, and can also talk a bit about being homeschooled.
11. Using social media to raise awareness
12. Autism and employment – A positive look at ways in which individuals with autism can make a positive contribution to the work place.
13. The myths about autism – Using humour and banter Alex challenges some of the most common myths of autism while sharing his real personal experience of living with the condition.
14. A Guide to Neurotypicality – This is a Parody speech where Alex talks about NT’s (non autisic people) like they’re the ones who have a condition. It’s basically a chance to turn the tables around for a laugh. This was based on an article which you can see here
15. Understanding self-stimulatory behaviour (stimming) –Alex shares his experience of stimming from an early age. He answers a lot of questions like why he stims, what he is thinking when he stims? Should stimming be stopped or controlled? Is stimmimg a sign of distress? Alex is passionate about raising awareness and understanding of ‘stimming’ he finds that many professionals misunderstand why an individual on the Autism spectrum will feel the need to ‘stim’. He will talk about his personal struggle to control the tics in public and how this is exhausting and can lead to him needing to really engage in movements when on his own. Alex will talk about self stimulatory self harm and how to recognise as something separate from self harm behaviour.
16. Autism and Obsessions – Alex talks about special interests, he shares how he feels they have helped him to become who he is today. Alex talks about why he became obsessed with the colour blue as a young child and why narrow interests help him to cope. He also talks about dealing with obsessive thoughts.
17. Autism awareness training – Alex and Sylvia are available to provide autism awareness training. This can be in either half or full days and will be an interactive workshops that will enable attendees to consolidate what they have learnt.
18. Autism, ABA and family life – Sylvia shares her personal experience of ABA.
19. ‘My journey with Autism’ A Mum’s experience – Sylvia shares her own experience of Alex’s early years, diagnosis and coming to terms with it.
20. My Childhood with autism – This is a talk about Alex’s childhood, back in the days when he found the world a horrifying place. He also talks about the therapy he received.
21. My disabilities and me – This is a talk where Alex speaks about his autism as well as his other conditions including ADHD and Dyspraxia. He speaks about how each condition affects his others.
22. Making Autistic children feel welcome – Tips and advice on what steps can be taken to help make the classroom a good environment for autistic children.
23. Opening doors. enhancing lives, it isn’t just about ramps.
23. Peaks and pitfalls of the autism adventure : In this talks Alex talks about the experience of growing up and entering into adult life. Alex delivers a lively humorous honest account of his experience of growing up Autistic. Alex is keen to stress that he is not an inspiration rather he has achieved despite the barriers he has faced.
The training will cover four areas.
- Education – Alex will speak about his education, he will give a personal account of educational approaches that have helped him to get where he wants to go.
- Transition – Transition is always difficult for individual on the Autism Spectrum. Alex will give insights and tips on how to make the change from school to adult life easier.
- Employment – It is important to help a young person to find out what their gifts are and to use them to broaden out into a career. Alex will share his vision of and personal experience of using his gift for public speaking and special interest in Autism to his advantage.
- Support – All young people need help to navigate adult life. Alex will speak candidly about the support he has received and how he has been able to progress with the right support.
24. Disability from a students perspective – In this talk Alex shares his personal experience of being a student, that barriers that can get in the way of learning and what has helped.
25. Raising children with SEN – In this talk Sylvia talks about the ups and downs of her life home educating 5 children.
26. Autism and girls – Sylvia talks about the unique way in which females on the spectrum can learn blend in and miss out on a diagnosis and support.
27. Technology and disability – In this talk Sylvia talks about the positive impact technology can have and how it gives support with judgement.
28. Entering the world of work after 22 years of caring and being a home educating mother – In this talk Sylvia explores the challenges of leading the workforce as a carer and how she managed to balance her caring responsibilities with part time paid employment.
29. Martin brother, drug addiction, self harm and enduring mental health – Sylvia talks about her brother, his death from a cry for help that went wrong and how had a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome in his records was somehow lost.
30. Martin brother, drug addiction, self harm and enduring mental health – Sylvia talks about her brother, his death from a cry for help that went wrong and how had a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome in his records was somehow lost.
Here are some examples of workshops that have been provided for organisations. Get in touch or telephone 01352 719285 to discuss your requirements.
Planning and Persistence: The Tools to Help Students with Autism Succeed
I Am Not Alone (Or Gonzo and I Understand Each Other) – Alex gives a personal account of accepting and embracing having autism.
Building Survival Skills. – Tips and advice on how to help students on the spectrum succeed and work through anxiety, exams and socialising.
Bridging the Gap for Teens Moving Towards Adulthood
Thinking Positively About Autism
Training for Mental Health Professionals
9.30 What is autism? – Alex will give a short talk about autism.
9.45 Anxiety and sensory issues as a child- Alex will talk about his early years and how anxiety affected him. How he was helped to cope with his anxiety. Alex will also talk about sensory issues as a child.
10.20 – Questions
11.00 Anxiety and sensory issues as an adult
1.00 Growing up with autism
2.00 The positives of autism – Alex shares how his unique way of seeing the world has its advantages.
Autism Awareness Training Day
10.00 Autism Awareness Training Alex Lowery
11.00 Morning break
11.15 Raising a child with Autism Sylvia Lowery
12.45 Anxiety and Sensory Issues Alex Lowery
13.40 Positives of Autism Alex Lowery
Autism and Anxiety a whole days seminar
This seminar has been delivered to professionals who include, teaching staff, charity employees and mental health practitioners.
Living with anxiety and battling obsessive anxious thoughts
The affect of sensory issues on the autistic life
Understanding self-stimulatory behaviour (stimming)
How special interests can save lives and can be used to help with depression or anxiety attacks.