Supporting Autistic Students


With increasing numbers of Autistic students identified in mainstream schools, we need to adjust our approach to allow for neurodiverse thinking, communication and interaction styles in the classroom and playground.  It's also highly beneficial to consider ways in which you can reduce sensory overload and allow students to move around and be more comfortable.

Through this 10-part workshop series we will discuss neurodiversity affirming approaches to learning that can increase engagement and reduce anxiety and burnout among Autistic students.

179 Autism Understanding March 22

Supporting Autistic Students: Your Questions Answered

This is a 10 part online workshop series where you can:

  • Learn how to recognise autistic behaviours in students
  • Learn strategies for managing a variety of neurodiverse thinking, communicating and interaction styles
  • Learn how to better support the autistic students in your care or clinic
  • Submit your questions and get answers and strategies to help you

Emphasis is placed on understanding how Autistic students perceive the world differently, and how this impacts on their engagement at school.

Participants are encouraged to make subtle changes to their interaction style to reduce students' anxiety and prevent challenging situations. Participants will have access to visuals and other tools that can be implemented at school.

Who should attend?

  • Teachers and teacher aides who want to learn and share practical strategies which benefit Autistic students in the classroom and the playground.
  • Psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists who are interested in practical strategies for their Autistic clients are also very welcome to attend.
Participants will receive a certificate for 15 hours of CPD on completion of the course.

Topics covered include:

  1. Update on latest Autism diagnostic criteria changes
  2. Causes of Autism and why we don't need a cure
  3. Special interests and passions, opportunities to engage
  4. Communication styles and the Double Empathy Problem
  5. Neurodiversity and thinking styles
  6. Social interaction styles and creating opportunities around interests
  7. Sensory preferences and sensitivities
  8. Preferences around sameness and routine, easing transitions
  9. Repetitive movement and stims, moving to listen and learn
  10. Planning for life after school, finding your tribe
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Workshop Host: Lydia Meem

Lydia Meem is a neurodivergent clinical psychologist who loves supporting her awesome clients to find joy, connection, work and study opportunities through their passions. She most enjoys tailoring autism strategies to the needs of Autistic individuals of all ages and their families, and empowering them to advocate for appropriate supports and accommodations.

Lydia is also a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, a Board-approved supervisor, and a Registrar program principal supervisor in the Clinical psychology area of practice.

In addition to this, Lydia is an author and popular speaker, presenting at autism conferences around the world, and providing training on autism assessments for psychologists and neurodiversity affirming approaches for teachers of Autistic students.

Throughout this workshop series Lydia will not only be sharing latest research and strategies with attendees, but is also taking in all of your questions to give you the advice, tools and confidence you need to better support autistic students in your care, your classroom, or your clinic. 

Supporting Autistic Students Q&A Workshop Series

Your registration will provide access to 10 x 90-minute Workshop Q&A sessions held live on Zoom
All sessions will be recorded so you can catch up at your own pace if you miss a session


TERM 2 DATES:   25 May, 1 June, 8 June, 15 June

TERM 3 DATES:   27 July, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug


(Group Rates available at checkout for $440pp)

Participants will receive a certificate for 15 hours of CPD on completion of the course.