Making the Most of Positive Behaviour Support
Research suggests that as many as one in 100 children are now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), meaning hundreds of thousands of Australians, their families and carers are affected by the lifelong developmental disability every day.
To help people cope with the behaviourial challenges that come with an ASD, and empower people with knowledge, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Australia’s largest not-for-profit, autism specific service provider, presents a one-day workshop on ‘Behaviour Essentials’ in Sydney on Monday 7 May 2012.
The workshop is aimed at informing families about:
Understanding good practice positive behaviour support;
How to look after themselves in challenging situations;
Managing common problems;
Working collaboratively with others; and
Learning where to find support and services.
Lead by Aspect’s Principal Behavioural Consultant, Clinical Psychologist and specialist in ASDs, Dr Tom Tutton, the workshop is aimed at parents, grandparents and carers of people with an ASD. Professionals working with such families may also express interest in attending. Registration is essential.
When: Monday 7 May 2012
Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm (registration opens at 9.00am)
Venue: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre Reservoir St, Surry Hills, Sydney
Cost: $55 for family members; $110 for professionals Register at: www.autismspectrum.org.au
The Behaviour Essentials one-day workshop is made possible due to the support of Autism Month Sponsor: Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Family and Community Services.
Research shows that autism spectrum disorders affect around one in 100 people and that they are more common in males than females. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which remains largely misunderstood by the community despite its prevalence and far-reaching consequences. Limited social skills and an inability to communicate and interact are the most obvious impairments. Early intervention opens up the best opportunities for progress so that many people with autism can lead productive lives.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) operates a network of eight schools plus more than 90 satellite classes in one of the world’s biggest education programs for children with autism. A not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with families and service providers, it offers evidence-based interventions for individual needs. Professionals and families benefit from Autism Spectrum Australia’s assessments, early intervention, behaviour support, workshops, volunteer support, and outreach programs. It also offers services for adults with autism. All programs aim to maximise learning potential, participation, and independence by increasing capacity and confidence in communities.