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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Building Independence in Young Children with Autism: Toileting, Sleeping, Eating

Independence is essential to function successfully in our world. It also contributes strongly to self-esteem, wellbeing, and quality of life. Families raising children with autism may be overprotective, and they often feel justified due to the numerous challenges their children face. But children with autism needs must reach their personal, best potential, and they should be encouraged to be as independent as possible, beginning at a very early age.

This workshop will address the importance of, and the ways in which we can, encourage independence, with a particular focus on toileting, sleeping and eating.

Dates:13 Mar 2018 (Tue)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Village Hotel Bugis.
390 Victoria Street, #05-01
Singapore 188061
Speaker: Ms Amanda Reed

Amanda is a speech pathologist with a Masters in Applied Linguistics. She has worked in the field of autism, across a range of settings and services, for over 25 years. Amanda is currently a Positive Behaviour Support Specialist in the state of Victoria, Australia, a role which involves working with families to build capacity in managing the family member with autism. Amanda has facilitated workshops for professionals and families on the features of autism, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), teaching critical communication skills, applied behaviour analysis, and positive behaviour support. She has worked collaboratively with families, schools and allied health professionals to implement supports to improve the quality of life of individuals on the autism spectrum and has consulted to autism programs internationally.

Amanda is passionate about ensuring that individuals with autism have functional communication skills and that positive behaviour support is used to create an autism-friendly environment and to improve quality of life.

Course Outline
  1. Why is it important to build independence in young children with autism?
  2. A general overview of strategies to develop independence
  3. Preparing for building independence
  4. Toileting
  5. Typical development
  6. Toileting and autism
  7. Factors to consider
  8. Strategies
  9. Challenges
  10. Sleep
  11. Typical sleep
  12. Factors to consider
  13. Sleep and autism
  14. Strategies
  15. Challenges
  16. Eating
  17. Typical development
  18. Factors to consider
  19. Fussy eating and autism
  20. Strategies
  21. Challenges
Course Objectives

Participants will be able to :

  1. Identify the reasons for building independence in young children with autism
  2. Describe general strategies for develop independence
  3. Outline typical development, strategies for intervention, and challenges in building independence in toileting, sleeping, and eating
  4. Identify the reasons that children with autism frequently demonstrate difficulties in toileting, sleeping, and eating.
Who Can Benefit?

SPED Teachers, Early childhood educators, Allied Health Professionals, Parents/Caregivers

Course Fees
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)**
15 Jan 2018 350
Normal Till Full 380