According to figures from The National Autistic Society, there are around 700,000 people in the UK who are on the autistic spectrum. That’s more than 1 in 100. When you take their families into consideration, this means approximately 2.8 million people are affected. Not all of these individuals will have the capacity to learn to drive, but driver and rider trainers can realistically train hundreds of people during their professional career, and should expect to meet a significant number of those on the autistic spectrum who wish to try.
ADIs are ever frequently receiving enquiries asking if they cater for people with certain conditions. In even more cases, it becomes apparent during the course of learning that their student has a hidden disability. If they have had a diagnosis some learners and their families will discuss this with you. However, in other cases the ADI may not have been told. It may be apparent that there is something more going on as traditional learning approaches are less successful, so the ADI needs to tread carefully when exploring this further. This is where this course will help.
Our Neurodiversity course looks at the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and associated conditions; Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), and touches on Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). All these conditions can be grouped under the umbrella term ‘Neuro-diversity’.
As people with these conditions are encouraged to embrace everyday activities, more are considering to learn to drive. As driver and rider trainers, we need to become fully aware of the implications, and discover how to spot the signs, that someone needs additional support through their learning, and how to help an individual pupil learn in perhaps a different way.
These conditions are often called the ‘hidden disabilities’ but once the features and symptoms are understood, they can be recognised. As professional driver and rider trainers working in a client centred environment, we need to be able to upskill and diversify our own knowledge and skills in order to design creative ways of adapting and delivering training sessions for our customers. This is not because they cannot learn, they just do so in a different way.
Once the trainer has become aware of one of these conditions, it is their role to help and support learning where they can, and in some cases, to know what organisations to contact for additional support to refer their learners to.
10:00am – 4:00pm
Registration and coffee from 9:30am