Upcoming Workshops

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Parenting in the Social Media Age

Parenting your ASD Pre-Teen and Adolescent in the Social Media age: How to confidently and effectively keep your pre-teen or teen safe online

 Teens today are living in a world where much of their social communication is through SnapChat, InstaStories and other social media. It is true that social media can open up wonderful possibilities for an adolescent with ASD to connect with others virtually and build meaningful relationships. However, as a parent of an adolescent with ASD you might be concerned that your child is particularly vulnerable to misinterpreting non-verbal social cues and be an easy target for cyber-bullying. Your best defence against the dangers of social media and the risks to your adolescent with ASD is the knowledge to empower your child to safely navigate the waters of social media. If you want to feel confident that you can set firm boundaries and monitor social media use effectively then this workshop is for you. You will leave the evening with practical strategies to immediately implement that will help keep your child with ASD safe on social media.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Awareness of the current and emerging social media trends that teenagers are using
  • Understand how social media can help kids on the Autism Spectrum feel socially engaged and connected
  • Raised awareness of the risks to children on the Autism Spectrum and how to protect them from harm
  • Feel confident setting boundaries and limits around social media use

Presenter:     Jessica Cleary, Psychologist – Hopscotch & Harmony

 Date:              Tuesday 29th May 2018

 Time:              7pm – 9pm with doors open from 6:40pm

 Price:              $25 including GST

 Location:        Mooroolbark Salvation Army, 305 Manchester Road, Mooroolbark


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Making Sense of the Senses - Understanding Sensory Integration Workshop

Does your child have trouble sitting still? Put non-edible objects in their mouth? Fidget? Make noise for noise sake? Take excessive risks in play? Have melt downs over small things like noises and clothes tags? Have fussy eating patterns? Have trouble with sleep? Struggle with social skills? Have difficulties with coordination? Have auditory processing difficulties? If you have answered yes to any of these questions it is likely your child has sensory processing challenges.

Sensory processing skills form the foundation upon which your child does all of their developing and learning. Yet, this topic remains largely unknown and misunderstood. Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Hannah Gamble will explain how the sensory system works and what the developmental and behavioural implications are when your child is not processing sensory input well. In addition, you will hear how to maximize your children's ability to learn at preschool and school as well as pick up some tricks on how to settle your children when they are wild! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity better understand your children, their behaviours and unique styles of learning.

This workshop is aimed at Early Childhood Educators, Primary School Staff and Parents

 Presenter:    Hannah Gamble, Paediatric Occupational Therapist

                        Thrive Occupational Therapy for Kids

 Date:             Wednesday 13th June 2018

 Time:             7pm – 9pm with doors open from 6:40pm

 Price:             $25 for Parents inc GST

                        $35 for Educators and other Professionals inc GST

                        All Educators and other Professionals receive a Certificate of Participation

  Location:     Gallienne Room, Eltham Community & Reception Centre

                        801 Main Road, Eltham

To book your ticket:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-sense-of-the-senses-understanding-sensory-integration-tickets-45185213189

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Managing Challenging Behaviour in the Classroom Workshop

Are you a new Educator or someone who is keen to learn more about supporting children with Autism in your classroom?

This engaging and practical workshop for Primary Teachers, new Graduates and Support Staff will provide you with strategies for the classroom.  This workshop will include:

 ·        Understanding challenging behaviours and possible triggers

·        Communication and behavioural strategies to enhance learning

·        Classroom strategies

·        Confidentiality and collaboration to support a child

Presenter:    Sonia Street, Psychologist

Place:            6/9 Clarke Street, Lilydale

(parking off John Street at Yarra Ranges Council premises)

Time:             Friday 6th July @ 9:30am -12:30pm (Doors open at 9:15am)

                        (light refreshments included)


Cost:              $50 per person, including GST.  Certificate of Participation included


Book here:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-challening-behaviour-in-the-classroom-tickets-45883290156

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