Post-Conference Workshops

Workshop I

Fostering the Academic Development of Primary and Secondary School Children with High-Functioning ASD in Mainstream Schools

Children and students with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFA) have great potential, but all too often their abilities are not realized. This session will briefly highlight the neurology of autism that impacts learning and academic performance of learners with HFA in common terms. Evidence-based strategies that match ASD neurology that can be implemented in inclusive settings will be described. Emphasis will be placed on a model of practical interventions that have great utility for those who support students with HFA.

Target participants: School personnel and related professionals (psychologists, therapists, social workers)

Workshop II

Fostering the Social Development of Adolescents with High-Functioning ASD in Mainstream Schools

This session will begin with an overview of the importance of social competence for high-functioning adolescents on the autism spectrum (HFA) as well as a brief overview of the social brain and ASD. Strategies to teach social competence to individuals on the spectrum that match the autistic brain related to (a) bullying, (b) relationships with the opposite sex, (c) developing meaningful friendships will also be provided. Emphasis will be on practical information that can be used in mainstream settings.

Target participants: School personnel and related professionals (psychologists, therapists, social workers) working with adolescents on the autism spectrum

Notes:

  • Priority will be given to participants from public sector and non-profit organisations.
  • The organiser reserves the right to set quotas for organisations due to limited capacity.
  • The confirmation email will be sent to successful registrants on or before June 29, 2016. Applicants not receiving confirmation email by the said deadline may consider their registrations unsuccessful.