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Seminar: Achieving Autism Success with Visual Strategies - Overcome Daily Challenges with Simple Tools

Sometimes the “little things” can cause the biggest problems for students with Autism, Asperger’s and similar learning needs. Many difficulties involve common life situations related to issues like dealing with change, participating in transitions or managing social opportunities.

Identifying each student’s “Individual Profile” is an important first step to helping that student achieve success. Understanding their communication strengths and weaknesses helps us become more effective communication partners.

The struggle with communication for these students is far more complicated than just evaluating their ability to talk. Understanding other people, trying to figure out what is happening in the environment and how to get their wants and needs met are some of the areas of difficulty that create frustration for these students. The result is behavior that is often seen as disruptive or inappropriate.

Current research reveals most of these students display strength in understanding visual information compared to their auditory abilities. Using visual supports capitalizes on that strength.

Using visual strategies is more than just having a schedule. There are many tools that help students successfully manage situations that are difficult for them. Even those who use some visual supports only tap a very small amount of the potential. Visual tools are simple to use, yet the impact on student success is profound.

This program will provide examples of how simple solutions solve sometimes major communication and behavior challenges. Visual strategies are used effectively with students of all ages, at home or school, in both special and regular education settings.

Dates:20 and 21 July 2020 (Mon and Tue)
Time:8.00am - 12.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech Pathologist and Autism Consultant who has been supporting students on the Autism Spectrum, their educators and families for more than 40 years.

She is known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies for students with autism and those with related special learning needs.

Linda has traveled over a million miles around the world sharing her communication strategies with those who manage autism learning needs. Her popular newsletters, award-winning books and training programs have reached many hundreds of thousands of educators and parents around the world.

Linda’s book Visual Strategies for Improving Communication helps you know what visual strategies are and how to use them. Her book Solving Behavior Problems in Autism offers practical solutions for common autism challenges using visual supports.

Linda shares easy-to-use but very effective strategies to help students on the autism spectrum to participate in a positive way both at school and home. Her visual strategies work for all ages.

Linda has a passion for working with parents and educators to take the mystery out of autism and help them discover exactly what students need to gain success in their life opportunities.Here's what others say

Testimonies from thousands of educators and parents around the world report successes with visual strategies that transform lives.

Here are examples of her testimonies:

“I want to thank you Linda for understanding our kids. I felt so helpless and finally hopeless with my son’s needs. I felt like I was the only one on the planet at that time who knew anything about my son. I found your books. I bought your books. I watched your video conference on visual strategies. I was so happy to finally find validation.” ~ Cheryl Peterson

“I love your Visual Strategies Workshop DVD Program. We have a library to lend teachers, paraprofessionals and parents educational resources. Your series is the most popular item on our list. The way you blend the “real educational” stuff with your experiences make it so much easier to see the way it is with real people. I guess I mean you humanize the literature! We recently included your videos in our paraprofessional training. They loved you!

Thank you for doing such a great job in educating us. You help to validate what I already know and remind me of other things I have forgotten and need to reintroduce into my therapy.” ~ Linda Watt, M.A., CCC-SLP

“The information you presented made a fundamental change in my understanding of the reasons to use visuals and how to implement these strategies. I always thought they were more complicated than they are.” ~ Linda Mohrmann

Course Outline

Day 1 Part 1

  • Introduction to Visual Strategies
  • Observations About the Population
  • Communication Skills in the Targeted Population
  • Assessing Receptive Communication Skills

Day 1 Part 2

  • Samples & Examples of visual strategies & how they are used
  • Creating Visual Tools
  • Potpourri of Questions and Issues

Day 2 Part 3

  • Identifying causes of behaviour problems
  • Identifying communication challenges related to behaviour & social challenges

Day 2 Part 4

  • Samples & Examples of visual tools to solve behaviour situations
  • Classroom essentials for students to achieve positive behaviour
  • The power of video for teaching behaviour and social skills
  • Potpourri of Questions and Issues
Course Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify the student’s “individual profile” and how that affects communication and behaviour
  • Recognize situations where communication breakdowns or information challenges affect the student’s understanding, behaviour and successful participation in activities
  • Use new visual supports that have significantly improved student behaviour and their ability to independently participate successfully in school and life opportunities
Who Can Benefit?

Linda Hodgon’s visual strategies programs share strategies that work well for many students with communication challenges related to ASD, ADHD and other special learning needs.

Speech Therapists, Sped and mainstream teachers, therapists, support staff, parents and anyone who programs for these students or interacts with them will benefit from knowledge of how to use visual strategies to improve communication interaction.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax / seminar
26 Jun 2020 300
Normal Till Full 350