Workshops for Autistic Adults

Southampton Workshops for Autistic Adults

Who are the sessions aimed at?

Funded by Southampton City Council, these sessions are for autistic adult residents within Southampton City Council boundaries who wish to gain more insight into what makes them different and why.

What are the aims of the workshops?

The aim of these workshops is to support participants towards understanding and accepting who they really are rather than teaching them to ‘mask’ or ‘pass for normal’.

Workshop structure:

  • There are two hours allocated for each session, but each person can decide how long they wish to stay.
  • There will be a 15-minute break in the middle of the session. Should anyone one need to take a break at any other time they are, of course, free to do so.
  • Each group will have up to 30 participants.

When and how often sessions take place:

  • Participants can choose to join one of two small groups depending on whether they prefer a morning or evening session.
  • Sessions will take place once a month, and the dates are given below.


Schedule

Session 1 - Introduction 

Set the context for the other workshops and explore:

  • Competing definitions of what it is to be autistic.
  • The diversity of the autistic population.

Session 2 - Thinking

  • Differences in the way we think and process the world.
  • Accommodating such differences

Session 3 - Communication

  • How autistic children might acquire language and move on to develop distinctive styles of communication.
  • Ways of enabling better communication between us and non-autistic people.

Session 4 - Social Interaction

  • Distinctly autistic ways of being social.
  • Strategies for avoiding social burnout.

Session 5 - Sensory Perception

  • How reactions to everyday stimuli may give clues as to our unique sensory profiles.
  • Ways to stimulate or calm our senses.

Session 6 - Behaviour

  • Legislation and guidance concerning equality and discrimination.
  • How such legislation and guidance applies to us.

Course Dates – 2024/2025

Group 1

Online
Booking capacity: 30
Time: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

  • Wednesday 24th April 2024
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024
  • Wednesday 19th June 2024
  • Wednesday 17th July 2024
  • Wednesday 11th September 2024
  • Wednesday 9th October 2024

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Group 2

Online
Booking capacity: 30
Time: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm

  • Wednesday 9th October 2024
  • Wednesday 13th November 2024
  • Wednesday 11th December 2024
  • Wednesday 8th January 2025
  • Wednesday 5th February 2025
  • Wednesday 5th March 2025

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Please be aware that we expect participants to attend and actively engage with all sessions. A certificate will be issued on successful completion of the full course. In the event that you are unable to attend a session, please let us know in advance, where possible, at trainingadmin@autismhampshire.org.uk.

Southampton Workshops for Autistic Adults 2024-25 leaflet

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