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In Focus Workshops for Professionals

In Focus Workshops for Professionals 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, with the aim to increase participants’ knowledge, confidence and skills in a particular area.

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 Name & Information  Veune  Registration   Date Time Cost 
Setting up A and B choices Netley

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Tuesday, 16th April 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $60.00
Supporting well-being and resilience for people with autism Netley

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Wednesday, 10th April 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $85.00
Non-Members: $90.00
Setting up and using a structured teaching approach in the classroom Elizabeth

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Thursday, 2nd May 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $60.00
Effectively supporting girls on the spectrum Netley

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Wedneday, 15th May 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $85.00
Non-Members: $90.00
Setting up and running groups for people on the spectrum Elizabeth

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Thursday, 23rd May 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $85.00
Non-Members: $90.00
Using video modelling Elizabeth

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Thursday, 6th June 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $60.00
Positive behaviour support planning Netley

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Thursday, 13th June 2019 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00
Supporting well-being and resilience for people with autism Elizabeth

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Wednesday, 19th June 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $85.00
Non-Members: $90.00
The anxiety curve: what to do when a person on the autism spectrum is escalating Netley

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Wednesday, 26th June 2019 9:30am - 4:00pm Associate/Ordinary Members: $175.00
Non-Members: $185.00

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The anxiety curve: what to do when an individual on the 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 the impact of anxiety.

Topics include:

• What to do at each level when an individual’s anxiety escalates;
• How to teach an individual to self-regulate;
• Importance of non-aversive behaviour management;
• How to teach an individual strategies to calm; and
• Developing a 5-Point Plan for support staff.

Classroom behaviour management strategies

This In Focus Workshop is designed for educational staff who have a sound understanding of autism who are seeking specific knowledge in classroom
behaviour management strategies. This session will build on the participant’s current strategies to better equip them to create positive classroom
environments for all students and staff.

This session looks at a range of topics including:

• Developing a relationship;
• Understanding behaviour and its function;
• Setting up effective rules and routines;
• Assessing Zone of Proximity;
• Enhancing engagement;
• Setting up effective reward systems including A and B choices;
• Addressing sensory needs and setting up effective break systems; and
• ‘In the moment’ strategies.

Throughout the workshop the presenter will use discussion, activities and videos to deliver information on these topics, to enhance participant’s knowledge of managing behaviour in the classroom. This will enable them to provide effective support, inclusion and improved outcomes to the students they support.

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

Implementing 'The incredible 5-point scale'

This In Focus Workshop is designed for professionals who have a sound understanding of autism and want specific knowledge in effective utilisation of The Incredible 5 point Scale programme.  Autism SA, in consultation with the author, has developed a workshop based on Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis’ ‘The Incredible 5-Point Scale’
program. The program talks in ‘numbers’ rather than using “socially and emotionally laden words”.  Autism SA staff have implemented the program in a variety of environments, finding the scale to be a highly effective strategy as it draws on one of the strengths of people on the spectrum - to follow systems.

Topics include:

• The philosophy behind the program;
• Looking at the range of 5 Point Scale resources;
• Overview of the program, including hands-on activities;
• How to implement the program for individuals, groups, classrooms and across whole sites (including schools); and
• How to monitor, tweak and review the program to ensure success.

Throughout the workshop the presenter will use discussion, activities and videos to deliver information on this programme, to enhance the participant’s knowledge of autism and The Incredible 5 Point Scale, enabling them to provide effective support, improved inclusion and outcomes.

Setting up A and B choices

This In Focus Workshop is designed for professionals who have a sound understanding of autism and want a better understanding of how to effectively set up A and B Choices in their setting. Presented by experienced consultants, participants learn how to use the strengths of people on the spectrum to utilise programs and strategies such as ‘The Way to A ©’ and Social Behaviour Mapping.
The workshop demonstrates how to teach people on the spectrum what ‘A’ and ‘B’ choices are, and how to increase ‘A’ choices in a range of educational and community settings. These programs and strategies can be implemented for individuals on the spectrum, and for groups of people as whole site approaches.

Supporting well-being and resilience for people with autism

This In Focus Workshop is designed for any professionals who have a sound understanding of autism and seek specific knowledge to better understand and support the wellbeing and resilience of people on the spectrum in a range of settings. Mental health issues can be significant for some people on the spectrum, and well-being and
resilience play a vital role in reducing and minimising mental health issues. In this session, the dynamic presenter will cover:

• Well-being and resilience - specifically in relation to the characteristics of autism and the impact this can have on an individual; and
• Effective supports and strategies to improve well-being and resilience across the lifespan.

Throughout the workshop the presenter will use discussion, activities and videos to deliver information on these topics that will enhance the attendees knowledge of supporting well-being and resilience in people on the spectrum. This will enable them to provide effective support, inclusion and outcomes to the individuals they support.

Setting up and using a structured teaching approach in the classroom

This In Focus Workshop is designed for professionals who have a sound understanding of autism and want specific, relevant and practical strategies on the structured teaching approach when working with an individual on the spectrum.  Structured teaching recognises the 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 independently using errorless learning. A part of the highly researched and evidence based TEACCH philosophy (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children), the 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 one’s life.
This is an interactive, hands-on workshop will cover how to:

• Set up structured teaching environments;
• Using errorless learning;
• Creating and setting up workstations;
• Setting up shoe box and folder tasks; and
• Assessment.

Team planning when supporting a student with autism

This In Focus Workshop is designed for school leadership, co-ordinators, teachers and sector support staff who have a sound understanding of autism, and seek specific knowledge in how to effectively plan to support a student with autism, taking into acount their unique and complex needs.
An experienced Autism Consultant, Erica Handley, who has worked closely with the Department of Education, and Catholic Education to plan for individuals on the spectrum with high support needs, will present an intensive, interactive session covering:

• How to establish effective student teams;
• Processes on collecting and sharing information;
• Strength based planning;
• Goal setting and data collection;
• Future proofing; and
• Celebrating.

Throughout the workshop the presenter will use discussion, activities and videos to consolidate learning and can provide direct input into team planning.

Effectively supporting girls on the spectrum

This In Focus Workshop is designed for professionals who have a sound understanding of autism and want specific knowledge and strategies to support girls on the spectrum. Girls often present with a unique profile from that of their male peers and are four times less likely to be diagnosed on the autism spectrum than boys.
In this workshop, an experienced autism consultant will explore the unique presentation of females on the autism spectrum, and will look as specific strategies that can support girls on the spectrum to achieve outcomes.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

• Difficulties in making a diagnosis;
• The camouflage effect;
• Special interests and the difference in presentation;
• Social and communication skills;
• Developing friendship skills;
• Internal anxiety and depression;
• Using their strengths to build self-esteem;
• Bullying;
• Self-care including menstruation; and
• Relationships, including dating.

Throughout the workshop the presenter will use discussion, activities and videos to deliver information on these topics, that will enhance the participant’s knowledge of autism in girls and enable them to provide effective support, inclusion and improved outcomes.

Setting up and running groups for people on the spectrum

This In Focus Workshop is designed for professionals who have a sound understanding of autism and seek specific knowledge in setting up and running effective groups for people on the spectrum. Groups can be a great way to provide individuals with specific learning opportunities and can be delivered in a range of settings.
This workshop will support participants to set up, implement and evaluate group programmes to achieve key outcomes for its members.

The workshop will cover:

• Key considerations when planning for a group;
• Setting up rules and routines for groups;
• Strategies to support participants to enter and continue the group successfully
• Key considerations when setting up the environment; and
• Establishing data collection and evaluation processes;

Throughout the workshop the presenter will use discussion, activities and videos to deliver information on these topics, that will enhance the participant’s knowledge of running effective groups.

Using video modelling

This In Focus Workshop is designed for an evidence based intervention strategy, Video Modelling (VM), to teach skills to people with autism.
Video modelling has a strong evidence base that shows repeated viewing of a carefully created and edited video, which demonstrates the individual doing the target skill,
can support development of the skill. The iModelling App developed by Autism SA can be used to develop these videos, and participants will be shown how to effectively and easily use Video Modelling in a range of settings.

This session will include:

• What is Video Modelling (VM);
• Evidence for Video Modelling;
• What Video Modelling looks/sounds like;
• How to create a Video Model;
• The easy-to-use iModeling App; and
• Creating your own Video Model.

Participants will gain hands on experience in creating and implementing Video Models so that they are confident in using this evidence based intervention strategy
in their particular setting. 

Positive behaviour support planning

This In Focus Workshop is designed for professionals who have a sound understanding of autism and want specific, relevant and practical srategies in the area of Positive
Behaviour Support (PBS) Planning, specifically when supporting an individual on the autism spectrum. This workshop develops the participants understanding and
skills in identifying and managing behaviours of concern through an interactive, hands-on workshop. Attendees will leave the workshop with a plan in hand to take back to
their settings.

This PBS workshop will cover:

• Positive Behaviour Support Frameworks;
• Functional behaviour assessments;
• Data collection;
• Understanding behaviour;
• Identifying the function of a particular behaviour;
• Planning interventions; and
• Practical, realistic strategies.

It is recommended that participants also attend ‘The Anxiety Curve: what to do when an individual on the spectrum is escalating’ to support their learning and understanding.