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In Focus Workshops for Families

In Focus Family Workshops are unique workshops presented too small to very small groups of participants, allowing for specific questions and scenarios to be discussed with the experienced presenter from Autism SA. Sessions focus on a specific topic and develop participants knowledge, understanding and provide participants with specific strategies that they can use in a range of environments. 

NDIS funding may be used to access these workshops. Please complete the questions relating to your participants NDIS Plan when registering. 

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, or your child's NDIS plan, have a budget allocated to this line, and the plan must be valid until after the workshop.

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 Title and Information 

Venue

Registration

Date

Time

Cost

Writing social scripts to develop social understanding for parents/carers Netley Register here Friday, 22nd June 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm $165.21
The Anxiety Curve; what to do when a person on the autism spectrum is escalating Ceduna Register here Thursday, 5th July 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm $85.00
Positive Behaviour Support Planning: understanding behaviour and practical strategies to support  Netley Register here Thursday, 26th July 2018 9:30am - 11:30am $112.28
Positive Behaviour Support Planning: understanding behaviour and practical strategies to support  Elizabeth Register here Thursday, 23rd August 2018 9:30am - 11:30am $112.28
Anxiety: how to support a person when they are escalating and how to help develop self-identification strategies  Elizabeth Register here Monday, 3rd September 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm $165.21
Enhancing Social Understanding: social cognition and practical strategies to support Elizabeth Register here Thursday, 6th September 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm $165.21
Positive Behaviour Support Planning: understanding behaviour and practical strategies to support  Elizabeth Register here Thursday, 27th September 2018 9:30am - 11:30am $112.28
Occupational Therapy: understanding sensory processing and practical strategies to support  Elizabeth Register here Friday, 19th October 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm $165.21
Positive Behaviour Support Planning: understanding behaviour and practical strategies to support  Netley Register here Thursday, 25th October 2018 9:30am - 11:30am $112.28
Speech Pathology: enhancing communication using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)  Netley Register here Wednesday, 21st November 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm $165.21
Positive Behaviour Support Planning: understanding behaviour and practical strategies to support Elizabeth Register here Thursday, 29th November 2018 9:30am - 11:30am $112.28

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

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.

Positive Behaviour Support Planning: understanding behaviour and practical strategies to support

In this session, presented by an experienced Behaviour Consultant from the Autism SA Psychology and Behaviour Support team, participants will develop a greater understanding of behaviours of concern in the context of autism.  During the session, the presenter will guide participants through a range of relevant, realistic and evidence based strategies that can be utilised in a range of settings, that can also be individualised for the person in their day-to-day lives.

This session is highly recommended for families who are accessing, or looking at accessing, Psychology or Behaviour Support from Autism SA or are just wanting a deeper understanding with practical strategies to support an individual in the home or community environment.

Anxiety: how to support a person when they are escalating and how to help develop self-identification strategies

This workshop, presented to a small group of participants, acknowledges that many individuals on the autism spectrum may experience high anxiety levels. The presenter 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 each of these levels.

The workshop will also discuss how to support an individual to self-identify their anxiety levels, and use effective strategies to reduce anxiety when it is impacting their day.

Topics include:

• What to do at each level when anxiety escalates;

• How to develop emotional regulation skills;

• The importance of non-aversive behaviour management;

• How to teach an individual strategies to calm; and

• Developing a 5-Point Plan to support an individual in different environments.

 Enhancing Social Understanding: social cognition and practical strategies to support

“My father once said to me ‘make friends Wenn’. I knew how to make rice pudding, I even knew how to make my dog sit, but I had no idea how to make friends”- Wenn Lawson.

This workshop aims to share the social development strategies your child may have learned in a social skills group, or during a therapy setting with other participants. The intention is to give families greater knowledge and the ability to continue teaching and enhancing social skills in a range of environments.

Occupational Therapy: understanding sensory processing and practical strategies to support

Does your child attend OT sessions? Does your child have sensory processing differences? This session will be run by an Occupational Therapist who works closely with individuals on the autism spectrum. The workshop will cover sensory processing differences 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, supporting generalisation beyond the therapy setting.

Speech Pathology: enhancing communciation using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

Does your child use AAC, and would you like to know more about the program? This session will be run by one of Autism SA’s experienced Speech Pathologists and will cover:

• The difference between AAC and visuals;

• The role of a Speech Pathologist in assessing for an AAC (what the current standard suggests);

• The different types of AAC’s used by Autism SA Speech Pathologists and how to get the best out of their use; and

• How to use AAC in the home and community environment.

This session is suitable for families who are already accessing Speech Therapy, and would like to know more about the strategies used, and have the knowledge to generalise skills beyond the therapy setting.

This workshop is also relevant for parents of children who are not currently in Speech Therapy but would like to know more about different options for supporting their child’s pre-linguistic language development.