ONLINE COURSE: Autism in School

$189.75

Purpose

Our exciting new course, Autism in School, is specifically designed to train teachers and teacher aides to increase their understanding of autism and equip them with specific strategies for teaching the autistic children and adolescents in their classroom, in Primary, High School, Distance Education or Home Schooling. Families and health professionals who support the child or teenager attending school will also benefit. 

Who Will Benefit?

Educational professionals including Teachers, Teacher’s Aides, Principals, Deputy Principals, Administrative Staff, Guidance Officers, and School Counsellors. (NB: NSW Teachers can use this event as an Elective CPD)

Parents and carers with autistic children/teenagers currently attending primary or high school, Distance Education or Home Schooling.

Health professionals supporting autistic children and adolescents who attend school, for e.g.: Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses.

Course Details

  • 5 hours 13 mins
  • 60 days to complete course (from date of purchase). A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion – upon request

Does your Child or Adolescent have NDIS Funding?

If you are self-managed or third-party-managed and parent education is in the Plan you may be able to use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

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Description

Many teachers feel that their degree did not prepare them to teach autistic students, yet autism occurs in 1 in 44 eight-year-old children,  so they are highly likely to have at least one autistic child in their classroom. The course starts with understanding the autistic learning profile, including how to adapt teaching styles to accommodate the autistic learning profile.. The course will also focus on understanding why autistic students behave the way they do, struggle to fit in with classroom expectations and peers, and provides vital clues to the best strategies to assist them to adapt to the school environment. We cover these topics and more:

  • The autistic learning profile 
  • Managing executive functioning difficulties
  • How autism presents differently in girls
  • How to understand and relate to your autistic student
  • Strategies to prevent and manage meltdowns and shutdowns
  • Including emotions as part of the classroom curriculum
  • Increasing motivation,  focus and flexible thinking
  • Friendships and creating an inclusive and safe culture
  • Special interests and their uses in the classroom
  • Sensory issues and accommodations

Teaching Process: The workshop includes a combination of didactic teaching, participant activities and Q&A.  Participants attend via link to a live presentation.  They have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.

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About the speakers

Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a PhD from the University of London, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.

Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.

Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.

With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.

 

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of specialising in autism. In 2005, she founded Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialised to autism, where she served as Clinical and Managing Director for 14 years until 2019. Alongside Tony Attwood she co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, aiming to enhance autism awareness and understanding with a vision to foster a neuro-affirming community.
In addition to her extensive private practice, Dr Garnett has significantly contributed to autism research, authored influential books, and engaged in impactful speaking engagements. Her peer-reviewed research has informed our understanding of early autism identification, the female autism profile, and the link between mental health and positive outcomes in autistic individuals. She has co-authored six respected books on autism, including the influential Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism (2018) with Barb Cook, a seminal work on the female autism experience. Her recent books, Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum offer invaluable guidance to parents of young autistic children.
Dr Garnett is a sought-after presence in academic circles, presenting as a Keynote Speaker at conferences and conducting workshops, seminars, and training sessions on autism across Australia, the UK, and Europe. Her influence extends to universities, autism organisations, government, and non-governmental bodies, solidifying her reputation as a prominent figure in the autism field. Dr Garnett is autistic and has ADHD, late diagnosed.

 

Learning Objectives

  • To be able to adapt classroom learning to suit an autistic learning profile
  • To understand the different ways autism presents in girls, and how to adapt to her needs in the classroom
  • To develop a safe, trusting relationship with your autistic student and their family
  • How to recognise autistic thinking and behaviour, and how to respond
  • Learn how to include emotion education as part of classroom learning and why this is important
  • Learn how to support autistic friendships and create an inclusive classroom and playground culture
  • Understand how to spot peer rejection and bullying, why it occurs and how to support an autistic student who is rejected and/or bullied
  • Learn what motivates autistic students and how to maximise their focus and attention, and increase their flexibility in thinking
  • Learn how to use special interests constructively
  • Understand the different sensory profiles of an autistic students and helpful accommodations
  • Know the best resources for teachers

What You Will Receive

  • Access to the recording for 60 days following the live event. A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Completion – upon request

This live course counts for 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development or Teacher Accreditation hours. (For NSW Teachers: the course may be recorded as an elective PD with NESA).

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Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy Australia

Discount: If you are a full time student requiring a discount please enquire about our student rate and send in a photocopy of your student ID card or if you are facing hardship please email events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com to apply for a discount.

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