Early Childhood Specialist Workshops - October, ECU

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Early Childhood Specialist Workshops - October, ECU

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This four part series of specialist workshops is designed for those supporting children ages 0-6 years old. It is for educators wishing to understand more about Autism, and for parents and educators who want to learn practical strategies about identifying and supporting children with ASD using evidence-based strategies.

These workshops are presented by Gemma Foxall, M.Ed. Gemma is an award winning early childhood teacher currently completing a PhD in Education, specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She presents from the perspective of a parent professional - her son and daughter both received diagnoses by the time they reached 18 months of age.

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Workshop Contents

Workshop 1 - 9am to 12pm Saturday 13th October, ECU Mt Lawley

Is it Autism? This workshop will answer the following three questions:

·       The Early Signs – what do they look like, and what do they feel like?

·        What evidence could we be getting to support the process?

·       How to navigate the diagnostic pathways in Western Australia

 

Workshop 2 - 1pm to 4pm Saturday 13th October, ECU Mt Lawley

Increasing communication for a non verbal or partially verbal child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (for families and educators of children ages 0-6 years old)

·       Pre-requisite skills for using speech to communicate

·       Using visual supports for receptive and expressive communication

 

Workshop 3 - 9am to 12pm Saturday 27th October, ECU Mt Lawley

Increasing social behaviours and skills for a non-verbal or partially verbal child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (for families and educators of children ages  0-6 years old). This workshop will address three areas:

·       A neurological perspective: a different way of perceiving the world and why that matters for adults trying to help

·       Early social goals that the whole team can target

·       Implementing a social inclusion program in an educational setting

 

Workshop 4* - 1pm to 4pm, Saturday 27th October, ECU Mt Lawley

Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

*participants must completed included workshops 1-3.

This workshop will present the scientific principles underpinning Applied Behaviour Analysis, the approach for Early Intervention that has the largest evidence base for achieving progress when supporting young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please note that any intervention or therapy based on Applied Behaviour Analysis should be fun and engaging and help to reduce the disabling features of a child's Autism, rather than "try to make them behave normally" without a beneficial, functional skill-based goal in mind. This workshop does not support "old-fashioned" practices that have given Applied Behaviour Analysis a negative reputation. This workshop will cover why good Applied Behaviour Analysis intervention works, how it works, and what it should look and feel like.