Free online training: Understanding Autism & Approach Strategies with Peter Vermeulen

AIPA, Association for the Inclusion of People with Autism, in collaboration with the Provincial Directorate of Education of Salamanca, Junta de Castilla y León, offers this valuable training with Peter Vermeulen, a prestigious international speaker and expert in autism. This collaboration has been possible thanks to the commitment and work of the CFIE of Salamanca and Ciudad Rodrigo.

Once again, the Provincial Directorate of Education of Salamanca demonstrates its high level of involvement with people with special needs, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and with inclusive education.


Peter Vermeulen has worked as an autism consultant/teacher and trainer at Autism Centraal, Belgium since 1998. He is a Master in Psychology and Pedagogy from the University of Leuven, Belgium (1985) and Doctor of Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2002).

From 1987 to 1998 he worked for the Flemish Autism Association, first as a therapist for families with children with autism, later as director of the home therapy centre and finally as a trainer and lecturer. Since 1998 he is teaching and presenting all over the world.

Peter has published more than 15 books, including “I Am Special”, and numerous articles on autism. His book, “Autism as Context Blindness” (2012), has won several awards in the US.

Training content


Peter Vermeulen in his theory on “context blindness” (2007), explains that our mind makes different predictions of the world depending on the context and refers that this does not happen the same in people with autism. “Context blindness” is a reduced ability to spontaneously use context and give meaning to everything that happens around us, especially when the information we receive is incomplete or ambiguous.


Recent discoveries in brain science and Peter Vermeulen’s theory of context blindness will have an impact on how sensory issues in autism are viewed. If the brain doesn’t just receive information from the senses, but rather predicts input and checks its own predictions, this means that we should view sensory problems not just as sensory, but rather as prediction errors. This will lead to a change in our approach to sensory issues in autism.


It explains how to prepare the person with ASD to receive the diagnosis and how to do it. It is focused on working on that person’s self-knowledge and self-esteem.


Training focused on the emotional well-being of people with ASD.

During the pandemic, Dr. Vermeulen developed the H.A.P.P.Y. programme. This helps us plan and manage areas that have normally been forgotten by other therapies and intervention programmes: creating resources for good feelings, free time, relaxation, being able to help other people and emotional well-being in general.


Saturday, October 1 session “Autism and context blindness” (2 and a half hours)

Saturday, October 8 session “Sensory problems in autism” (2 and a half hours)

Saturday, October 15 session “Informing people with autism about their diagnosis” (2 and a half hours)

Saturday, October 22 online session at 10 a.m. by Zoom “Autism and happiness” + Doubts on all training sessions) (3 hours)

Registration link for active teachers from Castilla y León:;jsessionid=24552E69E2935CA45F7B4027C7A5ECCF?cfie=37700034&actividad=74963

Registration link for families and other attendees:

Available online

Each session will be available online for a week. The link will be sent to registered people the same day of the session.

The link to the Zoom session will be sent during the days prior to October 22 and after its completion, the recording will be uploaded to our platform and the corresponding link will be sent.

Certificate for active teachers from Castilla y León:

Training accredited by the Provincial Directorate of Salamanca through CFIE.

Certificate for families and other attendees:

A certificate of completion of the course will be issued to anyone who requests it.

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