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September 2015

Empowering young people with autism for educational inclusion

The Autism charity Parents Education as Autism Therapists, have completed 2 years of a project to promote educational inclusion for young people aged 8-20 who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder and are facing some sort of disengagement from their education.

PEAT is the Northern Ireland Autism Charity employing appropriately qualified professionals to deliver services using evidence-based practice for positive behaviour support in family homes, in schools and other facilities.

Through Big Lottery Funding PEAT’s project has provided support to many
young people with ASD who have had difficulties attending school due to social anxiety, depression, fear of leaving the house, perfectionism, sensory issues (sounds and noise) travel sickness, obsessive compulsive disorder, verbal and physical aggression, independent travelling, social skill deficits, difficulty staying on academic tasks and difficulty making and maintaining friendships at school.

Each of these behaviours or a combination of these behaviours have resulted in young people’s disengagement or refusal to attend school. For some young people academic or non-academic demands made by teaching staff have triggered disruptive behaviour and resulted in the young person being removed from class.

The reason for this is to enable peers to have their education without disruption however it is important for parents and young people to know that there is effective evidence based procedures based on the principles
and procedures of Applied Behaviour Analysis that can be employed to
enable young people to deal with each of these issues effectively without
the requirement for them to be excluded from school on a long term or regular basis.

PEAT’s project officer for the educational inclusion project said “some schools are doing a brilliant job and with the right support, children and young people with autism do very well.”

Over the past 2 years PEAT have worked to reintegrate young people with ASD throughout NI who have faced disengagement from their education and have put guidance in place that has enabled improved educational and behavioural support while they are at school.

“After many years teaching and struggling to teach reading to some pupils I was able to implement the teaching reading strategy with a child and have had great success in the few weeks since we have begun.”

“I really felt there was no way back, no one left to help, but the programme that was implemented by the Behaviour Analyst from PEAT has got my son back to school and he is a much happier boy, we are eternally grateful, thank you PEAT”

60-75% of trainees report back 6 months after their attendance at training workshops that the training has had a direct impact on children and young people with ASD.


Events will take place within the School of Education at QUB

Event 1: Understanding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Friday 9 October 2015, 10am - 4pm

Event 2: Understanding Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Friday 27 November 2015, 10am - 4pm

Event 3: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Applied Behaviour Analysis Friday 29 January 2016, 10am - 3pm

Event 4: Teaching Strategies for children/young people with ASD and related disorders Friday 11 March 2016, 10am - 4pm

Event 5: Social Skills for children/young people with ASD and related disorders Friday 3 June 2016, 10am - 3pm

Contact PEAT directly for information on in-house training

To find out more about the services/activities of the project and the charity contact PEAT Tel: 028 9032 4882 E: W:

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