The latest rounds of a cross-Atlantic
partnership delivering specialist autism
training at Prior's Court have taken place.
Continuing a near 15-year-long working relationship, Prior's
Court welcomed two specialists from the University of
North Carolina to deliver two training programmes for SEN
professionals, both from within Prior's Court and external
organisations providing SEN provision.
The TEACCH Autism Training Programme is special in that
Prior's Court's young people help deliver it, working with
our highly-trained members of staff to demonstrate how
young people affected by autism can learn and become more
independent through the TEACCH system.
Jannette Wellman and Betsy McCormick from the TEACCH
Autism Programme at the University of North Carolina,
where the specialist training was pioneered, led a five-day
TEACCH course from and a three-day 'Beyond the Basics'
Kirsty Dawson, Prior's Court Learning & Development
Manager, said: "A large number of our staff are TEACCH
trained plus two are TEACCH Certified Practitioners and
three are TEACCH Certified Advanced Consultants which is
a significant achievement.
"This gives us the platform to train up other staff members
in the TEACCH approach and techniques to improve
outcomes for our young people.
"But we also want to share our experience and expertise
with other professionals, parents and anyone wanting to
learn as we are keen to enhance the life opportunities
for all young people with severe autism. This is why our
specialist training courses are available to parents and other
professions in the autism and SEN community, as well as our
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Expert training with our young people at the heart of it
We have launched our own Graduate
Programme to offer a structured, yet
flexible, pathway into a career in care.
Our Graduate Programme Lead Cherri
Cook was out and about at university
careers fairs throughout the final
months of 2019 to promote our new
programme and showcase to future
graduates the benefits of working for
Over an 18-month period, successful
applicants will undertake between
three and five placements in various
departments across Prior's Court, as
well as completing a supplementary
project designed to enhance the lives of
our young people and our provision.
This could include a piece of
academic research or the successful
implementation of a new activity or
venture for our young people.
The academic research aspect also ties
into the recent launch of the Prior's
Court Research Board and Programme
(see page 6).
Graduates with a degree in any
discipline have been invited to join the
programme which will recruit on an
To find out more about the
scheme, contact our Graduate
Programme Co-ordinator Cherri
Cook on 01635 247202 Ext.
275 or email graduates@
Graduates offered a pathway to a career