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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Supporting Adolescents With Autism

Individuals with autism are wired differently to neurotypical individuals. The differences will remain throughout life and the support needs will vary as the person ages and matures.

This evidence-informed workshop is designed to increase the participant’s understanding of how to support an autistic adolescent to function in the neurotypical world. The key principles of support will be discussed, and examples provided.

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

Dates:24 Nov 2020 (Tue)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Amanda Reed, BAppSc (Speech Pathology), MA (Applied Linguistics)

Amanda is a speech pathologist and behaviour support practitioner based in regional New South Wales, Australia. Her passionate interest for over 40 years has been neurodiversity, particularly those individuals who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Amanda has sought to better understand those who are differently wired and to support these individuals to achieve a better quality of life.

Amanda has worked in various educational settings, both mainstream and specialist. She has also taught and supervised speech pathology undergraduate students, primarily in paediatric speech and language development and disorders. For the past 20 years, Amanda has facilitated workshops and seminars internationally on a range of topics relating to autism. She has also presented at numerous conferences, both in Australia and overseas. The main areas in which Amanda has developed expertise are:

  • Communication in Autism - Differences and Supports
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • The Impact of Communication Differences on Behaviour
  • Individualised Support
  • Determining the Function of Behaviour to Guide Support

While regularly facilitating workshops and seminars, Amanda has continued to work directly with individuals on the autism spectrum. She has supported children, teenagers and young adults with varying profiles and differences. Amanda’s knowledge sharing is informed both by evidence and by her clinical experience.

Course Outline
  1. Strengths and differences in autism
  2. Developing an individual autism profile
  3. Common issues in adolescents with autism
  4. Proactive supports to improve quality of life
  5. How to increase appropriate choice and control in autistic adolescents
  6. Q & A
Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the areas in which the autistic person differs from the neurotypical person
  • Describe factors to consider in developing an individual autism profile
  • Define environmental supports
  • List features of an autism-friendly environment
  • Identify the key principles of providing support to adolescents on the autism spectrum
  • Describe a variety of specific supports that will improve the well-being and quality of life of adolescents with autism
Who Can Benefit?

This workshop is appropriate for parents, teachers, support workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and psychologists.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
30 Sep 2020 350 320
Normal Till Full 400 370