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General Workshops for Professionals in Schools

General Workshops for Professionals in Schools are designed to increase awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and will provide a range of practical strategies that may be beneficial when working with individuals on the spectrum.

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

Cost:

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 Development Consultant on 0401 784 404 or email Niki Welz at n...@autismsa.org.au

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 e...@autismsa.org.au

For Terms of Trade, please click here. 

Workshop Name

Workshop Information

Workshop Date

Workshop Time

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum for School Service Officers (SSOs) and Education Support Officers (ESOs)

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

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

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Monday, 26th February 2018

9:30am - 4:15pm

Supporting students on the Autism Spectrum in the Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) setting

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Wednesday, 28th February 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.

Links to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers -1.1., 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 4.1, 4.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4

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 strategies which are suitable for use in a range of environments for a range of individuals.

Links to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers -1.1., 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 4.1, 4.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4

Setting Students on the Autism Spectrum up for Success in the High School Setting

Are you a mainstream high school teacher?Will you have a student in your class on theautism spectrum in 2018? This is the workshopfor you! Developed by high school teachers,this day is designed to give teachers theknowledge, understanding and practical skillsto support students on the spectrum in theunique high school setting.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding adolescents on the autism spectrum;
  • How to differentiate the curriculum to suit the autism spectrum;
  • Proactively reducing interfering behaviours;
  • Enhancing communication;
  • Developing social understanding; and
  • Understanding sensory processing and the impact on a student.

Links to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers -1.1., 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4

 

Supporting Children on the Autism Spectrum in the Early Years (pre-school and child care settings)

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 interfering behaviours;

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

• Q & A.

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.

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in the Out of School Hours (OSHC) Setting

This workshop is designed for professionals who work with individuals on the autism spectrum in the after hour school care setting or holiday programs.

This full day interactive workshop will increase participant’s knowledge, understanding and skills when supporting an individual on the spectrum in this unique setting. 

supporting an individual on the spectrum in this unique setting. 

Topics covered include–

  • An overview of the autism spectrum and the DSM-5
  • Environmental considerations
  • Enhancing verbal communications
  • Developing social understanding
  • Reducing difficult behaviours and
  • How to defuse complex behaviour

This is a great opportunity to develop professional skills and network and hearing other professionals ideas and experiences.

Setting students on the Autism Spectrum up for success in the Primary Setting

Are you a mainstream primary school teacher? Will you have a student in your class on the autism spectrum in 2018? This is the workshop for you! Designed by teachers, this day is designed to give teachers the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to support students on the autism spectrum in the classroom environment.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the autism spectrum;
  • Support services available;
  • Setting up effective NEPs;
  • The typical learning profile of people on the spectrum;
  • Enhancing communication;
  • Developing social understanding; and
  • Understanding sensory processing and the impact on a child.

Links to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.4

 

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum for SSOs/ESOs

Supporting an individual on the autism spectrum can be challenging and rewarding. This workshop recognises the unique role that SSOs and ESOs play within the educational sector. This workshop covers a range of topics, including:

  • Understanding the autism spectrum;
  • The Unique role of support staff;
  • Best 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!

This workshop also alows time for participants to share their ideas and successes on the job and to network with other support staff to problem solve current concerns.

Links to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.4