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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Communication in Autism
                Differences & Support Strategies

Everyone with autism demonstrates differences in their communication which may result in miscommunication and misunderstandings.

This evidence-informed workshop is designed to increase the participant’s understanding of the nature of communication in autism and to provide an overview of supports which can assist in bridging the gap between neurotypical and autistic individuals to reduce miscommunication and misunderstandings.

Participants will benefit most from this day if they come prepared to share stories of their experiences in interacting with individuals with autism and to actively engage with the facilitator.

Dates:13 Jun 2019 (Thu)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: 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 20 years. Amanda is currently a Positive Behaviour Support Specialist in regional Victoria, 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. Her work with Autism Spectrum Australia allows her to pursue these passions.

Course Outline
  1. Definition of communication
  2. Components of communication
  3. Types of communication
  4. The spectrum of communication profiles observed in individuals with autism
  5. Supporting receptive communication
  6. Supporting expressive communication
  7. Teaching new communication skills
  8. Q & A
Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define functional communication
  2. Differentiate between receptive and expressive communication
  3. Describe the distinction between verbal and non-verbal communication
  4. List the areas of communication in which differences occur in individuals with autism
  5. Identify and prioritise areas in which communication supports are needed
  6. List several evidence-informed communication support systems commonly used in autism
Who Can Benefit?

Parents, teachers, support workers, occupational therapists and psychologists. Speech pathologists with limited experience in working with autistic individuals may also benefit from the information, but support systems are not covered in detail.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
12 Apr 2019 420
Normal Till Full 480