NEWCASTLE Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

NEWCASTLE Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practical Strategies for Teachers

Why Autism Spectrum Disorder?

As more children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mainstream teachers are increasingly expected to provide appropriate support for students with complex learning needs within mainstream classes. Students with ASD often require support to cope with the social demands of the classroom and playground, deal with change, avoid sensory overload, and achieve their full learning potential.

Who should attend?

Teachers and teachers’ aides who want to learn and share practical strategies which benefit students with ASD in the classroom and the playground.

Why this workshop?

Emphasis is placed on understanding how students with ASD perceive the world differently, and how this impacts on their behaviour at school. Participants are encouraged to make subtle changes to their interaction and intervention style to reduce students’ anxiety and prevent challenging behaviours. Participants will practice their skills by responding to scenarios in small groups. Course notes include visual aids and proformas that can be adapted to suit your own students.

Workshop Program

Day 1Day 2
1. Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder 3. Working with Families
2. Positive Behaviour Support and Stress Reduction Strategies 4. Using Visuals
  5. Building Social Skills
  6. Managing Change

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided

The Presenter

Lydia Meem BA(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS, CClin

Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Autism Understanding Pty Ltd

Lydia specialises in autism and developmental disabilities. She provides a range of assessments, tailors behavioural strategies for families with children with ASD, and providies ASD training for parents, teachers, and school counsellors. Lydia has worked as a School Counsellor in a mainstream independent school for students from Preschool to Year 12. Lydia previously worked as a Family Counsellor at ASPECT’s Hunter School for Children with Autism, providing diagnostic assessments, outreach to schools and facilitating autism training. Lydia has also worked within two Psychology Teams focused on preventing and managing challenging behaviours in children, adolescent and adults with intellectual disabilities living in the community and in a large residential centre. Lydia is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists and the Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services. She presented her research on Cognitive Assessments in Autism at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2015.

Resources and Proformas in workshop notes include:

  • ASD Student Profile(educational and clinical tool)
  • Behavioural Brainstorming (functions to consider for challenging behaviours)
  • Antecedents, Behaviour, Consequences (looking for setting events & triggers)
  • Chain Analysis drawing (for incident debriefing and prevention of recurrence)
  • Information for Students (for excursions and out-of-routine days)
  • Feelings Game (for teaching students to read facial expressions & body language)
  • Visual Timetables & Behaviour Supports for classroom, playground & home
  • Visuals for Emotional Awareness and Regulation
  • Social Stories
    When I’m angry When it’s noisy
    Dealing with mistakes
    Catching the school bus
    We take turns to talk and listen (for primary school students)
    Being a good listener (for high school students)
    Assembly and awards
    Athletics carnival
    Touching myself in private

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practical Strategies for Teachers

How do I secure my place in the workshop?

Just click one of the "Join Workshop" buttons below to register and pay by credit card (via Stripe with a 2% processing fee).

Alternatively, you can contact us on (02) 4967 3363 for offline booking and payment by credit card (2% surcharge) or direct deposit (no surcharge).

Event Details

Event Start Date 07-05-2019
Event End Date 08-05-2019
Individual Price AUD 550.00
Location
Valentine Bowling Club, Newcastle
Valentine Bowling Club, Newcastle
Valentine Bowling Club, Newcastle
550.00 AUD 85
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