Upcoming Events

01-06-2017 9:30 am -4:00 pm

Participate in a practical and interactive day of coding connected to purposeful learning experiences across different levels of the Victorian Curriculum. Improve your coding skills using a variety of apps and tools related to student needs at different stages of learning that every teacher must know. Discover how to plan and create an achievable and successful Makerspace that takes coding and robotics to another level, including engaging your school community. 

05-06-2017 9:30 am -4:00 pm
$297.00

Would you like to know how to respond when a colleague is in psychological or emotional distress? Would you like to develop skills and strategies for responding appropriately?

This full-day hour workshop explores the signs and symptoms of emotional and psychological distress and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to respond in an empathic and supportive way.

08-06-2017 9:30 am -4:00 pm

Mindfulness is fast becoming a common practice in our classrooms because of its ability to help students to self regulate, improve their relationships and health, while increasing their focus and engagement.

Learn how to go beyond mindfulness meditation as an add-on to the school day, and disocver how to use a variety of mindfulness practices in ways that are purposeful, timely, and connected to student learning, to enable you to empower students to thrive and increase outcomes. 

15-06-2017 10:00 am -1:00 pm

Our executive skills are a set of mental processes that enable us to manage our day-to-day tasks, and to organize and strategise key events in our lives. For students with ASD, the autistic mind is a chaotic space (Moraine, 2016): daily tasks at school and home, social interactions, and planning become challenging for them. This half day Masterclass will discuss the importance of executive function and why structure is essential to these students. Concepts developed by Moraine, such as Autistic Access Points, are the ingredients for using executive function. Executive Function Maps are a way of understanding and using the dimensions of executive skills, and participants will experience this, along with a forum of open discussion, and hands-on tasks.

15-06-2017 10:00 am -5:00 pm

Two half-day Masterclasses which can be booked together at a reduced rate.

Morning Session:

Executive Skills of Students with ASD

Our executive skills are a set of mental processes that enable us to manage our day-to-day tasks, and to organize and strategise key events in our lives. For students with ASD, the autistic mind is a chaotic space (Moraine, 2016): daily tasks at school and home, social interactions, and planning become challenging for them. This half day Masterclass will discuss the importance of executive function and why structure is essential to these students. Concepts developed by Moraine, such as Autistic Access Points, are the ingredients for using executive function. Executive Function Maps are a way of understanding and using the dimensions of executive skills, and participants will experience this, along with a forum of open discussion, and hands-on tasks.

Afternoon Session:

Why Special Interests of Students with ASD are So Important

It is widely accepted that students with ASD will develop a special interest in an area or topic that can easily dominate their interactions with others. Often referred to as obsessions, teachers and parents have viewed these interests as an undesirable symptom of ASD, as it makes it difficult for them to fit in.  There are many different views on how special interests are managed and addressed.  Prizant (2015) has a different view and rather than calling them special interests, he considers them as enthusiasms and should be used to expand the student’s outlook. This half-day Masterclass addresses this topic on special interests or obsessions, and the ethical debate around the management of this symptom of ASD. Discover what inspires special interests, the necessity of them, how to utilize them, when they become problematic, and teaching “time and place”.

15-06-2017 2:00 pm -5:00 pm

It is widely accepted that students with ASD will develop a special interest in an area or topic that can easily dominate their interactions with others. Often referred to as obsessions, teachers and parents have viewed these interests as an undesirable symptom of ASD, as it makes it difficult for them to fit in.  There are many different views on how special interests are managed and addressed.  Prizant (2015) has a different view and rather than calling them special interests, he considers them as enthusiasms and should be used to expand the student’s outlook. This half-day Masterclass addresses this topic on special interests or obsessions, and the ethical debate around the management of this symptom of ASD. Discover what inspires special interests, the necessity of them, how to utilize them, when they become problematic, and teaching “time and place”.

20-06-2017 9:00 am -3:30 pm
$297.00

Feedback has a significant impact on student motivation and results. It is essential all teachers understand the ‘art’ of providing effective feedback that is timely and differentiated to support diverse learning needs. This includes experiencing contemporary practices and multimodal opportunities that enhance feedback and deepen student learning.

04-08-2017 9:00 am -3:00 pm
$297.00

Students with High Functioning Autism (HFA), ADHD & Learning Difficulties (LD) have specific learning styles and learning needs. They can also present with complex and challenging behaviours. As educators the 'challenge' in challenging behaviours is ours. We are challenged to understand the functional and communicative purpose of the behaviour for the student, and to teach more socially appropriate alternatives. This workshop will address how to do this within our schools.

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