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In Focus Workshops for Professionals in Schools

In Focus Workshops are designed for people who have a solid foundation knowledge and understanding about autism and who may have previously attended an Autism SA General Workshop. They focus on specific areas relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders, with the aim to increase participants’ knowledge, confidence and skills in a particular area.

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 a Associate/Ordinary member.

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, pelase click here. 

Workshop Name & Information 

Registration  

Date

Time

Creating Inclusive School Environments for students with Autism - CANCELLED

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

Supporting the sensory needs of people with Autism

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Friday, 16th February 2018

9:30am - 4:00pm

Handwriting, overcoming barriers to a life long skill

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Friday, 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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Wednesday, 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

Using A and B choices in the school setting

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

9:30am - 12:30pm

Increasing student engagement through careful scheduling, work, rewards and breaks

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

1:00pm - 4:00pm

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 the autism spectrum. This workshop is specifically designed for those who work with individuals on the spectrum in educational settings. 

Topics include:

• Provide understanding of sensory processing;

• Provide understanding of how OTs assess sensory processing patterns;

• Help participants to identify the signs of sensory processing differences;

• Provide practical strategies to modify the environment and task for individuals with sensory processing differences;

• Provide evidence based, best practice principles for supporting sensory needs in educational settings;

• Describe how to set up break spaces and calming activities; and

• Highlight the link between sensory processing, motor skill development

Supporting Handwriting, overcoming barriers to a life-long 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.

Topics include:

• The philosophy behind the program;

• Looking at the resources;

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

• How to implement the program for individuals, groups, classrooms and across whole sites (including schools);

• How to monitor, tweak and review

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 a person on the Autism Spectrum is escalating

This workshop recognises that a large portionof people on the autism spectrum have highanxiety levels.

Presenters will discuss what a person with anxiety looks like at different levels, and what support staff can do when an individual is at these different levels. The workshop will also look at how we can get a person to identify that they are anxious and what and how to teach them to reduce their anxiety.

Topics include:

  • What to do when a person is escalating at each level;
  • How to develop self-identification skills;
  • What to teach an individual to manage their anxiety;
  • How to teach a person to calm; and
  • Developing a 5-Point Plan to communicate.

It is recommended that participants who attend this workshop also attend ‘Positive Behaviour Planning for people on the autism spectrum’.

Setting up 'A' and 'B' Choices in the Classroom

This workshop looks at how educators can use the black and white way of thinking of individuals on the autism spectrum to utilise the program ‘The Way to A’ ©. This program focuses on ensuring students know what the ‘A’ and ‘B’ choices are, and actively promote the use of ‘A’ choices in the classroom, school yard and specialist lessons. This program can be extremely effective when working with people on the spectrum, as well as when implemented as a whole class or school approach.

Increasing student engagement, through careful scheduling, work, rewards and break

This workshop defines the clear difference between ‘work’, ‘rewards’ and ‘breaks’, and how important these are in motivating and meeting the needs of students on the spectrum in educational settings.  The presenters will clearly identify how to gather the necessary information and how to schedule a range of activities to maximise motivation and participation. By utilising personal schedules, the fine balance between ‘work’, ‘rewards’ and ‘breaks’ can be clearly communicated

 Building Independence using Structured Teaching

Structured teaching recognises the unique strengths of people on the autism spectrum and focuses on applying visual routines and concrete visual tasks that a person on the spectrum can complete, using errorless independent learning. A part of the highly researched and evidence based TEACCH philosophy (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children), a structured teaching approach can be used in a range of settings to build a student’s independence by teaching skills that a person will use throughout their life.

How to increase engagement with Students on the Autism Spectrum; Scheduling 'Work', 'Rewards' and 'Breaks'

This workshop defines the clear difference between ‘work’, ‘rewards’ and ‘breaks’, and how important it is in motivating and meeting the needs of all students. The presenters will explicitly identify how to gather this information and how to order activities to maximise motivation and ensure individuals on the spectrum can succeed to the best of their ability. By utilising personal schedules, the fine balance between ‘work’, ‘breaks’ and ‘rewards’ can be clearly communicated and can increase motivation and independence in all educational settings.

Creating Inclusive School Environments for students with Autism 

This workshop is a hands-on, practical workshop where participants work together to consider elements that contributes to an inclusive environment. The workshop offers an opportunity to share and gain practical ideas to implement in your school.

Topics include:

• Setting up physical environments in a way that supports differences in cognitive processing;

• Using assessment tools such as The Ziggurat Model and the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale (APERS) to formulate considered planning;

• Creating and using effective visual supports across the environment;

• Developing carefully considered sensory environments;

• Developing an awareness of diversity in the school environment;

• Creating inclusive yard environments;

• Effective behaviour support systems; and

• Practical resourcing.