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Parent workshops 2018

Supporting Communication in Children with ASD

April 6.30pm – 8.30pm Communication is the exchange of thoughts, opinions or information by speech, writing or nonverbal expression. Language is communication using words – written, spoken or signed (as Auslan). Communicating effectively with others in a social context can be challenging for children and young people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Often child and young people struggle to express themselves, follow verbal instructions or have trouble knowing how to use language to communicate with other people. This workshop explores how children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder typically develop their communication skills and the challenges they will typically face during this phase of development. From the unconventional use of language and non-verbal communication to undesirable behaviour, parents will be provided with strategies to develop their child’s expressive and receptive language skills, and encourage social communication development. This workshop has been designed for parents, carers and family members, who are currently supporting a child or young person with an Autism diagnosis. Children and young people of all ages can find communication and social skills challenging, and so this session will be adapted to suit the specific needs of those who attend. Please note we also provide specific teachers and professional training workshops on this topic at your workplace or community centre, contact us directly for availability.  

Challenging behaviours in daily life

May 6.30pm – 8.30pm Children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis don’t necessarily express anger, fear, anxiety, confusion or frustration in the same way as others. Feelings are often expressed through aggressive behaviour, withdrawing from activities or other emotional reactions which may at first appear unexplainable. 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. You will be provided with practical strategies to assist you in managing these complex behaviours inside and outside of the family home. This workshop has been designed for parents, carers and family members, who are currently supporting a child or young person with an Autism diagnosis. Children and young people of all ages can exhibit challenging behaviours, and so this session will be adapted to suit the specific needs of those who attend. Please note we also provide specific teachers and professional training workshops on this topic at your workplace or community centre, contact us directly for availability.

Get ready for school – funding options and information

July 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Bayswater – Tuesday 17th July
  • Cardinia – Wednesday 18th July
  • Bundoora – Thursday 19th July
The transition to school can be especially challenging your children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Changes to routines, activities, people and uniforms or shoes can cause upsets and irritation for individuals. This workshop will explain the Education Department’s ‘Program for students with Disabilities and Impairments’. You will learn about P.S.G, E.N.Q, related assessments and other unfamiliar terminology to assist you to navigate the school system and accessing the best possible support for your child. You will also be provided with information about different school readiness programs and other tips to support the transition process. This workshop has been designed for parents, carers and family members, who are currently supporting a child or young person with an Autism diagnosis who will be transitioning to school in the next two years.

Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder

August 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Bayswater – Tuesday 14th August
  • Cardinia – Thursday 16th August
  • Bundoora – Wednesday 15th August
A study found 40% of children and young people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder were also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (van Steensel et al., 2011). Even without an official diagnosis, anxiety is a significant factor in the everyday lives of many children and young people who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Anxiety can make it difficult for children and young people to do everything from making friends, to going shopping, to taking public transportation. Over two hours, this workshop will define and explore what anxiety is, as well as provide practical tips to assist you in supporting your child or young person to manage their anxiety effectively. The workshop has been designed for parents, carers and family members, who are currently supporting a child or young person with an Autism diagnosis. Anxiety effects children and young people of all ages, and so this session will be adapted to suit the specific needs of those who attend. Please note we also provide specific teachers and professional training workshops on this topic at your workplace or community centre, contact us directly for availability.

Sensory Processing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

October 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Bayswater – Thursday 18th October
  • Cardinia – Wednesday 17th October
  • Bundoora – Tuesday 16th October
It is common for children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience challenges with sensory processing and the development of independent skills. This workshop will explore the following: – The role of the occupational therapist in identifying and assisting children with sensory processing difficulties. – The central nervous system. – The seven sensory systems and their receptors. – How children interpret their sensory world. – Sensory strategies within the home and school environments. – Useful resources and equipment. – Case studies and practical activities will be explored. This workshop is designed specifically for parents/carers, with an aim to develop their knowledge and understanding of the functions of the brain and how these relate to sensory processing. You will be provided with insight into how sensory processing difficulties can impact children and how these may present as behaviours within daily routines. This workshop also aims to provide parents and carers with a greater understanding of their own child’s sensory needs and the most effective strategies to support these. The workshop has been designed for parents, carers and family members, who are currently supporting a child or young person with an Autism diagnosis. Sensory Processing effects children and young people of all ages, and so this session will be adapted to suit the specific needs of those who attend. Please note we also provide specific teachers and professional training workshops on this topic at your workplace or community centre, contact us directly for availability.

For bookings, please call any of our three different branches.