Marion, our managing director and founder, is speaking at a Research Autism conference in London on July 1. This is a real privilege for Marion and for Liaise. Research Autism asked Marion to speak for them because of her brilliant early career working with children – which has led to her amazing work with Liaise and the School.
Marion worked to create curriculums that enable children with autism to develop crucial life skills as they become young adults.
An audience of parents and autism professionals will listen to Marion talk. Her presentation, Beyond the Sacred Classroom, will cover her pioneering work with the School and her much-needed move into working with young adults with autism at Liaise.
The School’s curriculum focuses on learning outside the classroom in a natural setting, where children can practise their skills in real life. We’ve found that children who resist learning in the traditional classroom discover that learning can be rewarding and fun – not threatening.
Most of the children at the School have struggled with the very idea of a classroom, or have spent most of their time outside it, because of their disruptive behaviour. Marion’s approach is to find a way to help children learn that suits them. After all, their disruptive behaviour isn’t down to them being ‘naughty’, it’s their way of showing they can’t cope with traditional learning. The Liaise and School way is a huge positive step for children and young adults with autism towards real learning for life.
You’ll be able to read more about Marion’s presentation next month.