Tom Silver BA

Training area: speech, language, communication and sensory

Tom’s is an inspirational and open speaker on the subject of invisible disabilities, driven to improve the life chances of people with autism spectrum conditions.

Tom was diagnosed with semantic pragmatic disorder (SPD) when he was four. SPD is an invisible disability that involves slower processing of language compared to the average person. It is linked to the autism spectrum.

He believes that a clear understanding of the impact of a young person’s invisible disability can improve their life socially, academically and practically. His training identifies strategies and practical solutions for parents, professionals, employers and young people.

 

Tom’s story

Since he was 14, Tom has worked with young people with invisible disabilities such as Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and high functioning autism, at organisations including The Bridge, Richmond Mencap, Afasic and Action Attainment.

Working with Afasic (a UK charity helping families understand speech, language and communication needs), Tom gave a presentation at The Rose Bowl, Southampton in March 2012. He spoke candidly about his life experiences after being diagnosed.

He has also worked alongside an occupational therapist and given talks in a south west London special school.

Tom studied a BA Hons in Outdoor Adventure Management and French at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2013. His dissertation was based on the participation of young people with autism spectrum conditions in outdoor activities. He chose this topic because inclusion, especially in sports and leisure activities, really motivates him. He also explored what makes participation work by interviewing outdoor instructors, teachers and parents.  

Tom has completed the Mental Wellbeing Train the Trainer Award Level 4 (40 Credits).

Through Tom’s personal experience and his research, he believes that partnership between the individuals with a disability, teachers, parents, employers and other professionals is the best way forward.

 

Training aims:

  • Understanding what sensory integration is about
  • Understanding needs, impacts on behaviour and how to increase availability for learning speech and language.
  • Understanding issues and strategies to support behaviour and inclusion.
  • Guidance for the child at school, leisure and home.

Training methods:

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Sensory exercises
  • Real life scenarios
  • Practical advice

 

Course duration: 1 hour

Group size: maximum 25

 

 

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