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General Workshops for Professionals

General Workshops for Professionals are designed to increase awareness and understanding of autism and will provide a range of practical strategies that may be beneficial when working with individuals on the spectrum in a range of settings. The general workshops are a useful introductory for people who have not attended previous Autism SA workshops.

Venue:

NETLEY- 1/262 Marion Road, Netley, Adelaide, South Australia

ELIZABETH- 57 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth, Adelaide, South Australia 

(unless stated otherwise)

For assistance in registering, please contact Emma Bennett, Training, Consultancy and Research Officer on 8462 0658 or ebennett@autismsa.org.au 

For further information regarding the content of the sessions please contact Kate Exner, the Training and Development Consultant on 0421 326 710 or kexner@autismsa.org.au 

For Terms of Trade, please click here. 

Workshop Name Venue Workshop Information Workshop Date Workshop Time Cost 

Supporting students on the autism spectrum for school services officers (SSOs) and education support officers (ESOs)

FULL

(THIS SESSION WILL BE RE-RUN IN TERM 4)

Elizabeth Register here Friday, 14th September 2018 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Supporting primary school students on the autism spectrum Netley  Register here  Wednesday, 19th September 2018 9.30am-4.00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Understanding and supporting the needs of people on the spectrum - for counsellors, youth workers and mental health professionals Elizabeth Register here Thursday, 20th September 2018 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Supporting students on the autism spectrum for school services officers (SSOs) and Education Support Officers (ESOs) Netley Register here Wednesday, 17th October 2018 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Supporting students on the autism spectrum in the out of school hours care (OSHC) setting Netley Register here Monday, 29th October 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $115.00
Non-Members: $120.00
Supporting individuals on the autism spectrum for allied health professionals Elizabeth Register here Tuesday, 30th October 2018 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Supporting students on the autism spectrum in high school Netley Register here Friday, 9th November 2018 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Supporting primary school students on the autism spectrum Netley Register here Wednesday, 14th November 2018 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Understanding the autism spectrum Netley Register here Monday, 26th November 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $60.00
2019 Autism Conference Series: Using the Social Thinking Methodology to support Social Learning Morphettville Racecourse Register here Friday, 15th February 2019 9:30am - 4:00pm

Click here for more information on becoming an Associate/Ordinary Member.

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum for SSOs/ESOs

Supporting a student on the autism spectrum can be both challenging and very rewarding. This workshop recognises the important role of SSOs and ESOs within the educational sector. The program also allows time for participants to share their ideas and successes, and network with other participants.

Topics include:

• Understanding the autism spectrum;

• The role of support staff;

• Evidence based teaching strategies when working 1:1, in small groups and supporting in the classroom;

• Enhancing communication;

• Increasing social understanding;

• Reducing interfering behaviours;

• Addressing sensory needs; and

• How to look after your own needs on the job!

Supporting students on the autism spectrum in the out of school hours care (OSHC) setting

This workshop is designed for professionals who work with students on the autism spectrum at OSHC or holiday programs. This full day, interactive workshop will increase participants’ knowledge, understanding and skills when supporting students on the spectrum. The program presents a terrific opportunity to develop professional skills and networks.

Topics include:

• Understanding the autism spectrum;

• Environmental considerations;

• Enhancing verbal communication;

• Developing social understanding; and

• Reducing interfering behaviours.

Supporting individuals on the autism spectrum for Allied Health professionals

This workshop is designed for professionals who work with people on the autism spectrum in a therapy setting. This interactive workshop will extend participants’ knowledge and understanding of the autism spectrum and common areas requiring allied health  ntervention for individuals with autism.

Participants will be aware of current best practice principles when working with individuals with autism, in a therapeutic context, and develop strategies to embed in therapeutic support provided to individuals with autism.

Topics include:

• Understanding the autism spectrum

• Evidence-based therapy

• Effective therapy environments

• Progress measurement and reporting

• Working together across disciplines

Supporting students on the autism spectrum in high school

This workshop develops participants’ understanding and skills in identifying and managing behaviour though an interactive, hands-on workshop.

Attendees will leave the workshop with a plan in hand to take back to their settings.

Topics include:

• Positive behaviour support frameworks;

• Functional behaviour assessments;

• Understanding behaviour;

• Identifying the function of a particular behaviour;

• Planning interventions; and

• Practical, realistic strategies to use in the school setting.

It is recommended participants also attend ‘The Anxiety Curve: what to do when an individual on the spectrum is escalating’.

Supporting primary school students on the autism spectrum

This workshop, designed by autism consultant teachers, aims to provide participants with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to support students on the autism spectrum in the classroom environment.

Topics include:

• Understanding the autism spectrum;

• Setting up effective planning (One Plan, NEP or IEP);

• The typical learner profile of students on the spectrum;

• Enhancing communication;

• Developing social understanding;

• Proactively reducing interfering behaviours; and

• Understanding sensory processing and the impact on a student.

Understanding the Autism Spectrum

This is a must for anyone who lives or works with an individual on the autism spectrum.  Presented by experienced consultants with years of experience working with people on the spectrum, this workshop outlines the diagnostic criteria and explores the unique characteristics of autism.  Participants will begin to understand the profile of an individual on the spectrum including their strengths and challenges.  Personal insights are provided using reading, videos and activities

 

2019 Autumn Conference Series: Using the Social Thinking Methodology to support Social Learning

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW:

Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Socially Thinking®, will teach those that support people with social emotional learning challenges to develop skills in how they interpret and respond to social information to better connect with others. Michelle will present practical strategies to improve social competencies that can be used immediately in the classroom, clinic, home and community.

The conference is set to be an engaging, interactive day where participants will be guided through a range of innovative socially based problem solving strategies that can be used with individuals with solid expressive and receptive language skills, in a range of settings.

Frameworks and strategies presented and demonstrated include;

  • How to encourage the development of social competencies;
  • 10 core Social Thinking Vocabulary Concepts such as ‘expected’ and ‘unexpected’ behaviours;
  • Social Behaviour Maps and ME maps for self-protective, resistant learners; and
  • The Double Interview and Thinking With Your Eyes.

Outcomes for participants and individuals include learning how they can support the development of four core factors in social learning: social attention, interpretation, problem solving tothen figure out social responses. Participants will develop skills to help people learn to process and respond to social information; which then promotes social self-regulation.

“Observing the social interactions of others is very helpful to me as I formulate how to interact myself. I’ve learned not everyone walks with their head down avoiding eye contact all of the time. I’ve learned when and how to smile. I’ve studied what makes a stranger seem approachable. In short, you have to know the rules of the game in order to play the game’. A quote from a 43-year-old engineer and student of Social Thinking’s Methodology 

‘Your program has given me the much needed tools to communicate in a meaningful way with my 9 year old son. Thank you. The stress level in our house has decreased along with the meltdowns. He is able to come out of the meltdowns much more readily. Thanks.’- Conference Attendee, Parent

Who should attend?

Educators, clinicians, professionals, parents, family members, individuals and anyone who supports a person on the spectrum will benefit from attending this conference. All participants will develop an appreciation that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life - socially, academically, and professionally.

PRESENTER PROFILE:

Michelle Garcia Winner is an internationally recognised speech pathologist from the United States and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®. Social Thinking is a company dedicated to helping individuals from across their lifespan to develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle is recognised as ‘...the leading expert in the field of social skills’ with more than 30 years’ experience working with individuals, families and professionals in the autism sector. Michelle is a prolific writer and has written and/or co-authored more than 40 books and over 100 research articles about the Social Thinking Methodology including; ‘Social Behaviour Mapping’; ‘Thinking about you, Thinking about Me?’; ‘You are a Social Detective’; and ‘Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum”.

Michelle is known for her enthusiastic presentation style and ability to provide participants with real strategies that can make a difference in the school, home and community setting.

"...one of my favorite authors in the field of teaching emotional intelligence. Michelle Garcia Winner has pioneered some very helpful ways of conceptualising and helping educators understand the social challenges that students on the autism spectrum face." - Stephan Borgman, 2010, Psychology Today, ‘Spectrum Solutions’ 

PROGRAM:

8.30-9.25am – Registration

9.30-9.45am- Conference opening

9.45-10.30am- Social Think’s Social Competency Model

10.30-10.50am- Morning Tea

10.50am-12.30pm- Exploring two different types of informal dynamic assessment tasks

12.30-1.10pm- Lunch

1.10-2.30pm- Exploring 10 core Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts

2.30-2.50pm- Afternoon Tea

2.50-3.45pm- A Core Social Thinking Treatment Framework: Social Behavior Mapping and Me Maps

3.45-4.00pm- Conference Closing

4.15-4.30pm- Book Signing

Strategies to support individuals on the Autism Spectrum

This workshop works with participants to identify a range of social, communication, behaviour and sensory strategies that can be used to support individuals on the spectrum.  Strategies are practical, relevant and evidence based.  Participants will gain hands-on experience in using and implementing these strategies which are suitable for use in a range of environments for a range of individuals.

Supporting the needs of people on the Spectrum - for Counsellors

This workshop will guide participants through a range of hands-on activities to demonstrate effective strategies when working with individuals on the spectrum and their families.  This session will cover a range of topics including how to develop relationships, effective intervention strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, how to enhance social cognition, addressing bullying and increasing self-esteem.

Supporting Children on the Autism Spectrum in the Early Years (preschool and child care settings)

Participants will experience an engaging, hands-on day, filled with relevant and practical strategies to support young children on the autism spectrum in the early years. This new workshop has been developed by a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the most relevant strategies are presented. Participants will gain knowledge and confidence in identifying when intervention strategies are needed and how to successfully use these strategies. Attendees will leave the workshop with a greater knowledge of the spectrum and an enhanced ability to adapt the environment to suit the individual needs of children.

Topics include:

• The autism spectrum and key characteristics in the early years;

• The referral process and diagnosis;

• Support available for preschool and child care aged children and their families;

• Maximising participation and engagement;

• Enhancing communication - how to modify verbal language and use of visual supports;

• Supporting transition;

• Developing social and play skills;

• Adapting the environment to increase engagement and reduce challenging behaviour;

• Motor and sensory difficulties and the impact on skills; and

• Q & A time.

Setting up break places in the classroom for individuals on the autism spectrum

Individuals on the spectrum are prone to stress and anxiety throughout their schooling day. Setting up a safe place for students within the classroom can reduce this stress and can increase their engagement in the classroom and throughout the rest of the school day.

One of Autism SA’s highly experienced occupational therapists will guide participants through:

• What are ‘break’ places;

• Why do we need break places;

• How to set up break places;

• What activities should students engage in when they are in their break places; and

• How to set boundaries around break places.

Developing social and emotional understanding in people on the autism spectrum 

This workshop will show participants hot to teach social skills to individuals on the autism spectrum with practical strategies that can be used to increase social understanding.  These strategies will be taught using hands-on activities, with learnings that can be applied to all ages. 

Topics covered on the day include:

• Visual supports;

• Social narratives;

• Comic Strip Conversations©;

• Social behaviour mapping - 'expected' and 'unexpected' behaviours;

• The Way to A©; and

• Video modelling.

Supporting individuals on the autism spectrum in the community

This workshop will guide participants through a range of hands-on activities to demonstrate effective strategies when working with individuals on the spectrum and their families in the community and residential setting. This session will cover a range of topics including-

• Understanding the autism spectrum;

• how to develop supportive relationships;

• effective intervention strategies to manage stress and anxiety;

• supporting transitions and change; and

• practical, realistic strategies to use when out in the community.

Understanding and supporting the needs of people on the spectrum - for counsellors, youth workers and mental health professionals

This workshop will guide participants through a range of hands-on activities to demonstrate effective strategies when working with individuals on the spectrum and their families. This session will cover a range of topics including understanding the autism spectrum and associated mental health concerns how to develop relationships, effective intervention strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, how to enhance social cognition, addressing bullying and increasing self-esteem.