Autism in Every Classroom Conference

24 March 2017 (repeated Friday 1 September 2017)

Hear from industry professionals, special needs teaching specialists, parents and those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as they discuss the latest research on Autism and provide you with practical strategies for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the mainstream primary and secondary classroom.

Location: Melbourne City Conference Centre (opposite the State Library of Victoria)

Autism in Every Classroom will bring educators together with the common goal of facilitating appropriate classroom strategies for educators, students with ASD and families of children with ASD.

Key topics include:

  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
  • The essential guide for teachers working with students with ASD
  • Strategies to manage aggressive behaviours and encourage social success
  • Living with Autism from a young person’s perspective
  • Strategies to deal with Anxiety and Autism
  • Autism from a parent's perspective

TICKETS

Early Bird* Registration - $260

Full Registration - $295

Group bookings are available & all prices are inclusive of GST

*Early Bird price ends on Friday 10 March 2017

This event is a referenced Special Needs Professional Development that satisfies the VIT professional development requirement that all teachers are to complete a Professional Development unit focussed on Special Needs prior to September 2017. APST 1.5, 1.6 and 4.1. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all attendees.

The conference will also be repeated on Friday 1 September during the National Education Summit 1-2 September at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.


program

Registration
8:00am - 9:00am

Welcome to conference, welcome to country & conference opening
9:00am - 9:05am
Jamie Coombs & Cressida Crossley, Necessary Educational Strategies for Teachers and Students (NESTS)

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
9:05am - 10:05am
Richard Eisenmajer, Psychologist, The ASD Clinic

As the Director of The ASD Clinic, Richard Eisenmajer specialises in helping parents, families, teachers and other professionals to understand and support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with people with ASD, Richard will provide an introduction to Asperger's Syndrome and ASD, explain the common difficulties that children with ASD face at school and at home, give insights into what it would be like to have ASD and give you tips on making the school and home environments more "ASD friendly".

Make your classroom inclusive - the essential guide for teachers working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
10:05am - 11:00am
Jamie Coombs & Cressida Crossley, Necessary Educational Strategies for Teachers and Students (NESTS)

As the diagnosis of ASD in school aged children increases educators need to create inclusive learning environments. In this session, NESTS will outline what successful learning looks like for the ASD student and provide teaching strategies that effectively support the learning of all students. NESTS will outline for teachers the practical strategies that they can implement in their classrooms tomorrow.

Morning Tea
11.00am - 11:15am

Addressing anxiety - supporting the ASD learner to navigate the social classroom
11:15am - 12:10pm
Jamie Coombs & Cressida Crossley, Necessary Educational Strategies for Teachers and Students (NESTS)

Managing stress and anxiety is essential before learning can take place. This session will focus upon specific strategies for managing stress and anxiety, how to motivate and reward the ASD learner, as well as addressing the challenges for peers. Strategies addressed will include the effective use of buddies, peer support programs and the challenges of unstructured time

How to address aggressive behaviours in the school setting
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Sarah Wood, Psychologist, Autism Behavioural Intervention Association (ABIA)

Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often present with challenging behaviours which at times can include aggressive conduct directed towards themselves or others. This session will explore the general diagnostic criteria for ASD so that educators can learn to understand why a child may be demonstrating aggressive behaviours and importantly, how to choose appropriate behaviour management strategies for individual children.

Lunch
1.00pm - 1.30pm

The key to success is social - strategies for social success
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Jamie Coombs & Cressida Crossley, Necessary Educational Strategies for Teachers and Students (NESTS)

Social success is important for all learners and our schools are social places. This session will examine strategies that all teachers can use to help teach and support the development of social skills. NESTS will use case studies from successful interventions to illustrate the effectiveness of both scripted social supports and the Circle of Friends program for the ASD learner.

Creating a more inclusive world for Autistic girls, the Yellow Ladybugs story
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Kate Koullas, Partner & Founder, Yellow LadyBugs

Yellow Ladybugs, the first national social program run by volunteers to help autistic girls meet others sharing a similar journey. Katie Koullis, founder and mother of two autistic daughters will discuss the inspirational journey of creating this program, the impact it has made on the community and the exciting plans she has for the future, to help create a better world for autistic girls and women.

Autism as a young adult
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Miles Glaspole, Student & Comedian

After a psychologist confirmed what his parents had long suspected at age ten, Miles Glaspole struggled to come to terms with a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome. While secondary school initially proved difficult, Miles eventually began to discover hobbies, friends and passions which allowed him to make the most of his adolescent years. Miles will discuss how he came to find himself at high school, as well as how he continues to live as a young man on the spectrum.

Q&A
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Jamie Coombs & Cressida Crossley, NESTS), Katie Koullas - Yellow Ladybugs & Miles Glaspole

Discuss strategies and key elements while extending your thinking in dealing with Autism in every classroom in a Q&A style session. Hear from a cross-section of specialist educators, parents and those living with Autism.

Conference close
3:30pm - 3:35pm


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