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In Focus Workshops for Families

In Focus Family Workshops are presented to a small group by experienced professionals. Sessions focus on a specific topic and focus on developing families and carers knowledge, understanding and skills in that particular area. Sessions aim to be interactive, practical and realistic for participants.

NDIS funding can be used to access these workshops if approved by an NDIA planner.

In order to use NDIS funding to access these workshops you must have 'Improved Daily Living Skills' OR 'CB Daily Living' listed as a support item within your child's NDIS plan, have a budget allocated to this line, and the plan does not expire prior to the session.

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Scheduled In Focus Family workshops are listed below:

Workshop Title and Information 

Registration

Date

Time

Supporting sensory challenges in the home; Masterclass from an Occupational Therapist Register here Tuesday, 29th May 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Writing social scripts to develop social understanding for parents/carers Register here Friday, 22nd June 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
The Anxiety Curve; what to do when a person on the autism spectrum is escalating Register here Thursday, 5th July 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Please see below for a brief description of the workshops. Please note that many are currently un scheduled. 

Setting up A and B Choices

In this workshop, parents/carers learn how to use the highly visual, concrete program The Way to A© in the home environment. 

The program provides visual information to assist a person to clearly identify ‘A’ and ‘B’ choices, and to provide motivation to make ‘A’ choices.

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 sensory challenges in the home; Masterclass from an Occupational Therapist

This session will be run by an Occupational Therapist who works closely with individuals on the autism spectrum. The workshop will cover sensory processing difficulties and the impact these can have on the individual. The presenter will guide participants through a range of practical strategies that can be used to support an individual in the home and community environment.

Writing social scripts to develop social understanding for parents/carers

Individuals on the autism spectrum find it difficult to understand and apply social expectations in a range of situations. This workshop, presented by experienced professionals who work direct with individuals on the autism spectrum, will guide parents through the process of developing specific social narratives to develop their child’s social understanding relating to a particular area.  The workshop takes note of the specific criteria in relation to developing Social Stories© by Carol Gray, an evidence based intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum. Parents will have time to develop a specific social script for their child and become familiar with the formula to create further scripts.

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. This workshop will discuss the importance of identifying observable signs of anxiety at five different levels, and how a person 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 anxiety escalates;

• How to teach an individual to self-regulate;

• The importance of non-aversive behaviour management;

• How to teach an individual strategies to calm; and

• Developing a 5-Point Plan for support staff.

Supporting your Child through High School

This workshop is specifically designed for parents who have a child starting high school in 2018, or one who is currently attending high school.

This session will be presented by a consultant teacher with extensive experience in the autism field, who has previously taught in high schools.

This session will outline a range of key areas relating to the high school environment including:

  • What to expect - who to talk to at the high school and what support your child might be eligible to access at school;
  • Preparing your child for the transition from primary to high school;
  • Creating and implementing systems to support academic expectations – learning new routines, use of organisational folders, assignment break down, recording homework;
  • Developing social understanding;
  • Bullying prevention and strategies;
  • Anxiety and stress management;
  • If things are not going well; and
  • Post school pathways - transition from school to tertiary study/employment/other (eg Day Options).

Implementing 'The Incredible 5-Point Scale' for Families

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.  This workshop will explore how to specifically implement the program in the home setting.

Topics covered include:

• The philosophy behind the program;

• Looking at the resources;

• Overview of the program, including hands-on activities;

• How to implement the program in the home setting; and

• How to monitor and tweak the program to ensure success.

Supporting Girls on the Autism Spectrum

The difference between typically developing boys and girls is important. This is especially so when considering the unique needs of girls on the autism spectrum.

Topics covered include:

• Special interests and obsessions;

• Social and communication skills;

• Developing friendship skills;

• Internal anxiety and depression;

• Using their strengths to build self esteem; and

• Bullying

Supporting your child through high school

This workshop is specifically designed for parents who have a child starting high school in 2018, or one who is currently attending high school. This session will be presented by a consultant teacher with extensive experience in the autism field, who has previously taught in high schools.

Topics covered include:

• What to expect;

• Who to talk to at the high school and what

support your child might be eligible to access at school;

• Preparing your child for the transition from primary to high school;

• Creating and implementing systems to support academic expectations – learning new routines, use of organisational folders, assignment break down, and recording homework;

• Developing social understanding;

• Bullying prevention and strategies;

• Anxiety and stress management;

• If things are not going well; and

• Post school pathways - transition from school to tertiary study/employment/other e.g Day Options