As a provincial resource centre the school provides Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) training to service providers (teachers, ECD practitioners, psychologists, therapists) outside the school.
To address the need of the wider professional community for training, the school offers an annual two week intensive (70 hours), experiential course which is offered during the second term. We have trained other professionals in the field to teach this course at their sites. Presently the course can also be offered in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Space is limited and it is advisable to apply early. Application has to be made on a prescribed form that can be obtained by contacting the WCED ASD outreach team at email@example.com , Vera School at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Autism South Africa office.
A Certificate of attendance is given to successful participants. This course is endorsed by Autism South Africa, the Paediatric Neurology and Development Association of Southern Africa (PANDA), and the South African Association of Scientific Study for Mentally Handicapped (SAASSMH)
At the end of each module the participants will demonstrate through reports, questionnaires, making of resources and presentations that they have a deeper understanding of ASD, that they have enhanced their knowledge of educational approaches and have developed skills to apply this knowledge in their own environment.
Autisme Belevenis Circuit (Flemish) or Autism Behaviour Cognition Experience (translated), is an experiential workshop presented by members of the Vera staff. This workshop is aimed at parents, OT’s, speech therapists, psychologists, medical practitioners, educators and anybody who has an interest in the field of ASD. Interested parties can contact the school.
The Vera therapy department provide an ASD day once a term for practitioners at other schools. Various aspects of understanding ASD and ASD specific curriculum delivery are presented. Registered individuals attend the once a term ASD days over a period of two years.
The following regular training opportunities include: Introduction to ASD; Makaton (in conjunction with Margaret Golding – MBE); TEACCH (in conjunction with Margaret Golding – MBE).