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General Workshops for Families

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Workshop Title & Information

Registration 

Date

Time

An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum for families and carers

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Tuesday, 13th February 2018

10:00am - 12:00pm

2018 Autism Conference Series - Happiness, Neuroharmony and The Predictive Mind - CLOSED

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Monday, 26th February 2018

9:30am - 4:15pm

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - An Introduction

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13th March 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Are you NDIS ready?

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26th March 2018

10:00am - 12:00pm

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Part 1

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5th April 2018

9:00am - 12:30pm

Teaching Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Strategies Part 2

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12th April 2018

9:30am - 12:30pm

Information and Activities for siblings of children on the Autism Spectrum (for siblings aged 8-12 years)

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23rd April 2018

1:00pm - 3:00pm

An Introduction to the Autism Spectrum for families and carers

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28th May 2018

10:00am - 12:00pm

Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum Manage Anxiety

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19th June 2018

10am - 12:00pm

The Autism Spectrum and Social Skills

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26th June 2018

1:00pm - 3:00pm

 

An Introduction to ASD for Families and Carers

Come and learn more about the autism spectrum, including characteristics and strategies. This workshop offers an opportunity to meet other parents of children on the autism spectrum.

2018 Autism Conference Series - Happiness, Neuroharmony and The Predictive Mind

Presented by Dr Peter Vermeulen PhD, offering a new perspective and providing techniques and strategies for effectively supporting people on the autism spectrum.

Autism and Happiness: from Neurodiversity to Neuroharmony

The first step when supporting a person on the spectrum should always be striving for quality of life and a focus on similarities, not differences.  In this session, Peter will look at what connects people with autism to the rest of the community - the pursuit of happiness.  Knowing the sources of happiness for a person with autism is a prerequisite for creating an environment that makes these sources available and for developing strategies that increase the person’s emotional wellbeing.  Most interventions focus on negative feelings and mitigating specific deficits, but Peter will emphasise the importance of identifying strengths, passions and skills to ensure people on the spectrum are empowered to achieve at every opportunity.  This session will revolutionise the way individuals on the spectrum think about autism, and how families and professionals support them in their future practices.

The Predictive Mind and Autism as Context Blindness

In this engaging, practical session, Peter will discuss groundbreaking research that contradicts what we know about how people process information and supports the idea that we don’t process everything around us, but rather, that prediction errors occur. Context reveals and directs our perception, and therefore influences and directs our response.  For people on the spectrum, difficulties with seeing and understanding context can explain why they have issues with communication, social interaction, flexible thinking and behaviour in daily living.  The concept of context blindness offers a unique and practical understanding of autism.  We are often supporting absolute thinkers in a world with multiple possibilities. 

Peter will explain in everyday terms how the autistic brain functions and present practical strategies, including how to:

• Effectively develop emotional understanding;

• Best teach social skills;

• Support behaviour by increasing predictability;

• Develop environments that are autism friendly; and

• ‘Push the context button’ to help people on the spectrum understand the world around them.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - An Introduction

Can we ever be truly happy? Will our lives always be this hard? What can we realistically do about it?  This workshop aims to give attendees an overview of what ACT is and how it can help people stop struggling and start living. It also works as the Introduction to the ACT Group.

Are you NDIS ready?

This session will provide background information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), how to prepare for your planning meeting, and choosing service providers.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Part 1

This workshop introduces the nature and function of complex behaviour and looks into positive behaviour support model for individuals on the autism spectrum. It is recommended that participants also attend Teaching Positive Behaviour Support Strategies (PBS) part 2 to learn about practical strategies to minimise complex behaviour and build new skills.

Teaching positive behaviour (PBS) support strategies Part 2

Come along to discuss and review examples of strategies used to teach people on the spectrum to reduce behaviours of concern. Examples include visual supports, social narratives, creating schedules and routines, and introducing reward systems.  Pre-requisite: prior attendance Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Part 1

Information and Activities for siblings of children on the Autism Spectrum (for siblings aged 8-12 years)

This session is an opportunity for siblings to come together in a supportive environment to talk about the autism spectrum and what it means for them.  Our presenters also discuss strategies for siblings and look at support networks through group and individual activities.

Helping children on the spectrum manage anxiety

It is very common for people on the spectrum to experience varying degrees of anxiety. Learn more about anxiety, its impact on behaviour, and some strategies for helping individuals and families as a whole to better manage feelings of anxiety.

The Autism Spectrum and social skills                                                                       

This session will introduce some of the social difficulties that children on the spectrum experience, and discuss a variety of strategies that can assist them.

Advanced understanding of the autism spectrum

This workshop will provide participants with a deeper understating about the autism spectrum including the latest research relating to autism. Participants will also develop a greater understanding about the spectrum by seeing individuals on the spectrums perspectives through the use of video, readings and personal stories. It is recommended that participants that attend this workshop have previously attended ‘An introduction to the autism spectrum for families and carers’.

Supporting siblings on the autism spectrum for parents and carers

Tips for families/carers on how to address the needs of siblings who have a brother or sister on the autism spectrum. Includes common issues the individual and family may face as well as the role of the paent/carer and helpful resources and strategies. This is for parents/carers.

 What Autism Means to Me (for over 18 year olds)

A discussion about Autism for people with Autism.  This workshop is for individuals who would like to discuss the characteristics of the diagnosis, how these characteristics impact on their lives in a positive and challenging way, and some strategies to help manage difficulties more easily.

Developing Social Understanding for People on the Autism Spectrum                                                                         

This session will introduce some of the social difficulties that children on the spectrum experience and discuss a variety of strategies that can assist them.

 

These workshops can also be requested by and presented for Family Support Groups.

Please click here to request a workshop.