Teaching children and young people with Autism
Professional development workshops designed for educators and early childhood professionals.
Children and young people can experience challenges when attending formal learning environments from changes in routine, to knowledge acquisition and developing appropriate social skills. These workshops have been specifically designed to support educators and early childhood professionals in meeting the needs of the children they work with and to provide these children with appropriate support to meet both their life and educational goals.
The following workshops will be adapted to suit the needs of your staff group, as well as the age and developmental stages of the children and young people you’re working with.
Please contact us directly for further information and bookings.
Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder 101
This workshop is ideal for people who would like to understand the core characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how these characteristics affect children with ASD. Topics will include; diagnosis, social-communication development, restricted and repetitive behaviours and intervention options.
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Girls
Current thinking is challenging assumptions about Autism and girls. We will explore the latest research into topics including: Why are so few girls diagnosed with Autism? Does Autism look different in girls, making it harder to detect or diagnose? The evening will discuss the potential impacts of “travelling under the radar” or “hiding in plain sight” for girls with Autism in the early years and beyond.
Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Anxiety is common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This workshop will cover what anxiety is, some of our understanding of why it is common in children with ASD and how we can help children with ASD manage their anxiety effectively.
Managing Anxiety for Parents and Teachers
Anxiety is common in children with ASD. This workshop will cover what anxiety is, some of our understanding of why it is common in children with ASD and how we can help children with ASD manage their anxiety effectively.
Challenging behaviours in the classroom
This workshop equips teachers and classroom assistants with a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder in school age children and also provides practical strategies and solutions for managing task-refusal and non-compliance in the classroom.
Challenging Behaviours in Daily Life
This workshop will equip parents and carers with a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and help to understand the function and purpose of everyday behaviours. This workshop will provide practical strategies to managing these complex behaviours in a variety of settings and will be useful for teachers and assistants to implement in the classroom.
Recognising and Responding to behaviours in children with ASD
This presentation will help you to better understand and manage challenging behaviours. You will learn and understand what can trigger certain behaviours and how to best respond to them. We will also discuss ways to work through difficult behaviours and helpful strategies that can be used.
Restricted & Repetitive Behaviours
Restricted and Repetitive Behaviours are common in children with ASD. These behaviours are used for comfort & security; in order to manipulate their environment, as a substitute for creative/imaginative play or impoverished social and communication abilities. We will examine the reason for their occurrence plus therapies to address such behaviours.
How to Prepare your Childcare Centre or Kindergarten for a Child with ASD
This workshop is for kindergarten teachers, aides and childcare staff experiencing a child with ASD in their early childhood setting for the first time, and who have not attended this workshop in the past. The workshop will include information on ‘What is Autism’, behaviour ‘hot spots’ using visuals, anxiety, play and inclusion.
Sensory Processing in Classroom Settings
This workshop will focus on sensory issues affecting children with Autism and the sensory needs of ASD children within the classroom setting. We will explore what is ‘sensory’ and what is ‘behaviour’, individual sensory profiles, hyper and hypo sensitivity, and sensory challenges frequently seen in Autism. We will also cover some strategies to address these challenges.
Social Skills and ASD
Communication is a social act requiring at least on other person and, communicating within a social context, is an area which many individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) find quite challenging. This workshop will focus specifically on social communication – what it is and the difficulties it can present for children with ASD on a daily basis, and across a range of environments (ie. Kinder, school home, community).
Navigating the social environment for teenagers with ASD
This workshop has been designed for parents, carers, and professionals supporting teenagers with ASD, or other social communication difficulties across home, school and community environments. The workshop will introduce participants to some practical strategies that can be used to support teenagers to further develop their social and independence skills.
Learning and skill development
Supporting Communication in Individuals with ASD
This workshop will give participants an understanding of the development of receptive and expressive language skills and the impacts deficits in language skills can have on a person’s ability to effectively communicate in their daily lives. The workshop will also introduce participants to strategies that can be implemented to support the development of language skills, particularly when working with non-verbal children.
Visual Support to promote learning & independence
Most children with ASD have strengths in the area of visual perception compared to other areas and the use of visual supports can make their world more meaningful and predictable. This workshop outlines the learning benefits of various visual communication techniques and explains how they can be implemented into a child’s daily routine to support receptive and expressive communication skills, social skills and the development of independence in activities of daily living.
Promoting Independent Skills in Daily Life
This workshop will explore the development of independence skills for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We will discuss the stages of skill development within the areas of dressing, toileting, feeding, and other daily self-care tasks. Strategies to support children to become more independent in daily life will be explored, as well as the availability of other relevant resources.