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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, 23rd May 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

Supporting primary school students on the autism spectrum

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

Supporting the needs of people on the Spectrum - For Counsellors

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Friday, 1st June 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

Supporting children on the autism spectrum in the early years (preschool and child care settings)

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Wednesday, 6th June 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

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

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Friday, 15th June 2018

9:30am - 12:30pm

Developing Social and Emotional Understanding in people on the Autism Spectrum

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Wednesday, 20th June 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.

Empowering individuals on the autism spectrum

Hear the inspirational journey, reflections, tips and advice from Dr. Wenn Lawson; internationally renowned psychologist, lecturer, author and person on the autism spectrum

This workshop is a must for individuals on the spectrum and anyone who provides support such as parents, educators and therapists and is sure to be an absolute insight and inspiration, full of useful tips and strategies to help people on the spectrum, and those who support, to empower people on the autism spectrum to truly live the lives that they choose.

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 primary school students on the autism spectrum

This workshop, designed by 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.

Supporting the needs of people on the Spectrum - for Counsellors

This workshop will guide participants through a range of hands-on activiites 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 relationshps, 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)

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.

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 setup break places;

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

• How to set boundaries around break places.

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

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 for 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.

Understanding autism and practical strategies to support

This workshop is a must for anyone who lives or works with an individual on the autism spectrum. Presented by Erica Handley, a consultant with more than 30 years’ experience supporting individuals on the spectrum, the program outlines the diagnostic criteria and explores the unique characteristics of autism. Upon completion, participants will have a better understanding of the profile of an individual on the spectrum, including their strengths and challenges. Throughout the workshop, personal insights are provided using readings, videos and group activities. This workshop helps participants to learn how to use a range of social, communication, behavioural and sensory strategies to support individuals on the spectrum. Strategies are practical, relevant and evidence based. Participants will gain hands-on experience in using and implementing strategies that are suitable for use in a range of environments for individuals of any age.

All participants will receive a certificate with the workshop title and the number of hours, stating that the workshop links to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

The Anxiety Curve; What to do when a person 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.