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General Workshops for Professionals

The general workshops are a useful introductory for people who have not attended previous Autism SA workshops.


½ day workshops (9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00)

  • Associate/Ordinary Members: $85.00
  • Non-Members: $90.00

Full day workshops (9:30-4:00)

  • Associate/Ordinary Members: $165.00
  • Non-Members: $175.00

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

For further information contact the Training and Consultancy Coordinator on 0401 784 404 or email Niki Welz at

Venue: 1/262 Marion Road, Netley, Adelaide, South Australia (unless stated otherwise)

Registration: To register, please click on the title of the workshop you would like to attend.

If you are having trouble, call Emma Bennett, Admin Officer on 8462 0658 or email at

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Workshop & Registration 

More Information 



Handwriting, overcoming barriers to a lifelong skill

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Tuesday, 23rd February 2018

9:30am - 12:30pm

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

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Monday, 26th February 2018

9:30am - 4:15pm

Implementing 'The Incredible 5-Point Scale' for individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Planning for individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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Wednedsday, 14th March 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

The Anxiety Curve, What to do when an individual on the Autism Spectrum is escalating

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

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.

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 Sensory Needs of people on the Autism Spectrum

An engaging, practical workshop created and presented by Occupational Therapists (OTs) with extensive experience in working with individuals on he autism spectrum. This workshop is specifically designed for those who work with individuals on the spectrum in educational settings.

Handwriting, overcoming barriers to a lifelong skill

This workshop is presented by a senior Occupational Therapist (OT) from Autism SA.  Participants will understand the fundamental skills that underpin handwriting and why individuals with autism may be challenged by this task. Attendees will learn to identify a range of handwriting challenges and be provided with engaging, practical strategies that support motivation for handwriting, writing posture, pencil grasp, letter formation, writing fluency and more. Understanding when further assessment of handwriting is needed and how to access this will also be covered.

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.

Implementing 'The Incredible 5-Point Scale' for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Autism SA has developed a workshop based on Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis’ ‘The Incredible 5-Point Scale’ program. The two special education teachers designed a program ‘That “talks in numbers” rather than in socially and emotionally laden words,’ (Buron, Curtis, 2003). Autism SA staff have used the program in a range of environments and have found it to be highly effective.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), Planning for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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

Topics include:

• Positive behaviour support (PBS) frameworks;

• Functional behaviour assessments;

• Understanding behaviour;

• Identifying the function of a particular behaviour; and

• Planning interventions.

The Anxiety Curve, What to do when an Individual on the Autism Spectrum is escalating 

This workshop acknowledges that many individuals on the autism spectrum have high anxiety levels.  Presenters will discuss the importance of identifying observable signs of anxiety at five different levels, and how support staff can respond when an individual is at these different levels. The workshop will also discuss how staff can support/teach an individual to self-identify their anxiety level and use effective strategies to reduce it.

Topics include:

• What to do at each level when an individual’s anxiety escalates;

• How to teach an individual to self-regulate;

• Importance of non-aversive behaviour management;

• How to teach an individual strategies to calm; and

• Developing a 5-Point Plan for support staff. 

It is recommended participants also attend ‘Positive behaviour support planning for individuals on the autism spectrum’.