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In Focus Workshops for Families

In Focus Family Workshops are unique workshops presented 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

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
2019 Autism Conference Series: Using the Social Thinking Methodology to support Social Learning Morphettville Racecourse Register here Friday, 15th February 2019 9:30am - 4:00pm

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.

2019 Autumn Conference Series: Using the Social Thinking Methodology to support Social Learning

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW:

Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Socially Thinking®, will teach those that support people with social emotional learning challenges to develop skills in how they interpret and respond to social information to better connect with others. Michelle will present practical strategies to improve social competencies that can be used immediately in the classroom, clinic, home and community.

The conference is set to be an engaging, interactive day where participants will be guided through a range of innovative socially based problem solving strategies that can be used with individuals with solid expressive and receptive language skills, in a range of settings.

Frameworks and strategies presented and demonstrated include;

  • How to encourage the development of social competencies;
  • 10 core Social Thinking Vocabulary Concepts such as ‘expected’ and ‘unexpected’ behaviours;
  • Social Behaviour Maps and ME maps for self-protective, resistant learners; and
  • The Double Interview and Thinking With Your Eyes.

Outcomes for participants and individuals include learning how they can support the development of four core factors in social learning: social attention, interpretation, problem solving tothen figure out social responses. Participants will develop skills to help people learn to process and respond to social information; which then promotes social self-regulation.

“Observing the social interactions of others is very helpful to me as I formulate how to interact myself. I’ve learned not everyone walks with their head down avoiding eye contact all of the time. I’ve learned when and how to smile. I’ve studied what makes a stranger seem approachable. In short, you have to know the rules of the game in order to play the game’. A quote from a 43-year-old engineer and student of Social Thinking’s Methodology 

‘Your program has given me the much needed tools to communicate in a meaningful way with my 9 year old son. Thank you. The stress level in our house has decreased along with the meltdowns. He is able to come out of the meltdowns much more readily. Thanks.’- Conference Attendee, Parent

Who should attend?

Educators, clinicians, professionals, parents, family members, individuals and anyone who supports a person on the spectrum will benefit from attending this conference. All participants will develop an appreciation that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life - socially, academically, and professionally.

PRESENTER PROFILE:

Michelle Garcia Winner is an internationally recognised speech pathologist from the United States and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®. Social Thinking is a company dedicated to helping individuals from across their lifespan to develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle is recognised as ‘...the leading expert in the field of social skills’ with more than 30 years’ experience working with individuals, families and professionals in the autism sector. Michelle is a prolific writer and has written and/or co-authored more than 40 books and over 100 research articles about the Social Thinking Methodology including; ‘Social Behaviour Mapping’; ‘Thinking about you, Thinking about Me?’; ‘You are a Social Detective’; and ‘Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum”.

Michelle is known for her enthusiastic presentation style and ability to provide participants with real strategies that can make a difference in the school, home and community setting.

"...one of my favorite authors in the field of teaching emotional intelligence. Michelle Garcia Winner has pioneered some very helpful ways of conceptualising and helping educators understand the social challenges that students on the autism spectrum face." - Stephan Borgman, 2010, Psychology Today, ‘Spectrum Solutions’ 

PROGRAM:

8.30-9.25am – Registration

9.30-9.45am- Conference opening

9.45-10.30am- Social Think’s Social Competency Model

10.30-10.50am- Morning Tea

10.50am-12.30pm- Exploring two different types of informal dynamic assessment tasks

12.30-1.10pm- Lunch

1.10-2.30pm- Exploring 10 core Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts

2.30-2.50pm- Afternoon Tea

2.50-3.45pm- A Core Social Thinking Treatment Framework: Social Behavior Mapping and Me Maps

3.45-4.00pm- Conference Closing

4.15-4.30pm- Book Signing