We’ve taken the best of what we’ve learned about supporting children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in education and care settings and packaged it into practical two hour workshops.

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For educators
Communication supports for children | Aug, Nov
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Review the essential components of communication and build on your knowledge of communication to discuss the practical strategies you can use to support children with an ASD in your early childhood setting.

Topics include:

  • What is communication?
  • How does communication affect every day interactions and routines?
  • Visual Communication strategies – chat boards, schedules, choice boards, transitioning, making requests.
  • Using Key Word Sign and gestures.
  • Using iPads and voice output devices.

Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017 Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (Arrive by 6.15pm for a tour) | Location: 128 Hartington St, Rooty Hill
Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1 & 5
Who should attend: Educators

Creating clear, child centred routines and transitions | Sept
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Learn practical ways of supporting children with an ASD through routines and transitions. It will build on your existing knowledge of the importance of routines and transition and cover ideas for addressing sensory sensitivities and communication supports when transitioning or engaging in routines.

In this workshop you will reflect and think about how routines and transitions can be clear, consistent and child centred so that children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder can engage and feel supported.

Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017 | Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm | Location: SDN Head Office, Broadway
Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1, 2 & 5
Who should attend: Educators

Engaging children in group time | Dec
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This workshop will explore ideas to make group times more engaging and interactive as well as some practical strategies to support children with an ASD engage in group times. This will include what to consider when choosing group time activities, communication supports, the environment and sensory tools.

Date: Tuesday 12 December 2017 Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm | Location: SDN Head Office, Broadway
Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1 & 3
Who should attend: Educators

Exploring ASD | Oct
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Explore the perspective of a child with an ASD and gain an insight into how they see the world. You will not only explore the characteristics of ASD, but also the process of diagnosis, the spectrum of Autism and how this can impact on children’s social skills and behaviour.


Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017 |  2.30pm-4.30pm | SDN Head Office, Broadway
Level: Introductory
Cost: $150(Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1, 2 & 5
Who should attend: Educators

Exploring sensory processing – Part 2 | Sept
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This workshop follows on from the first and allows you to explore the levels of arousal and alertness for children with an ASD. It will provide you with information on how to support children depending on these levels, including the importance of understanding a child’s sensory profile and implementing a sensory diet.

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017 | Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (Arrive by 6.15pm for a tour) | Location: 128 Hartington St, Rooty Hill 
Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1, 3 & 5
Who should attend: Educators

To undertake this workshop you need to first complete the A sensory perception workshop

Teach me to play and interact | Oct, Dec
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Learn practical ways to support children with an ASD to develop and extend their play and interaction skills. Explore practical ways to support children with an ASD to engage in play and meaningful interactions in an early childhood setting.

Look, in depth at the steps involved in play and interaction and how to teach these steps to children with an ASD. Discover the importance of the your environment in supporting these skills and learn about resources, like play schedules, prompting and modeling that can also assist.


Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017| Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm | Location: SDN Northern Suburbs, 8 Rodborough Ave, Crows Nest
Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017 | Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (Arrive by 6.15pm for a tour) | Location: 128 Hartington St, Rooty Hill
Level: Intermediate
Cost: $150 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1 and 5
Who should attend: Educators

Thinking outside the box: programming for children with ASD | Oct
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This workshop will provide you with ideas to effectively collaborate with families and external stakeholders to plan and program for children with ASD. This includes setting goals, facilitating IFSPs and IEPs and embedding this information into your programming.

You will also be challenged to think outside of the box and be creative in relation to designing exciting and stimulating experiences for children with ASD.

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017 
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (Arrive by 6.15pm for a tour) 
Location: 128 Hartington St, Rooty Hill
Level: Introductory 
Cost: $150 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1, 3, 5 and 6 
Who should attend: Educators

Understanding behaviour | Sept, Nov
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Gain an insight into children with an ASD, how they approach the world and ways in which we can support them. Look at how behaviour is a method of communication, appropriate ways to prevent challenging behaviours and what you can do if someone has ‘flipped their lid’.

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017| Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (Arrive by 6.15pm for a tour) | Location: 128 Hartington St, Rooty Hill
Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017 | Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm | Location: SDN Head Office, Broadway
Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1, 2 & 5
Who should attend: Educators

For OOSHC staff
Exploring ASD
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Explore the perspective of a child with an ASD and gain an insight into how they see the world. You will not only explore the characteristics of ASD, but also the process of diagnosis, the spectrum of Autism and how this can impact on children’s social skills and behaviour.

Date: Wednesday 4 October 2017 | 6.30pm-8.30pm (Arrive by 6.15pm for a tour) | Location: 128 Hartington St, Rooty Hill 
Level: Introductory
Cost: $150(Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1, 2 & 5
Who should attend: OOSHC staff

A sensory perspective (parts 1 & 2)
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Faciliated by an Occupational Therapist, this workshop explores sensory processing in children with ASD. It will provide you with information on how children process sensory information and practical strategies for your OOSHC setting.

You will explore the levels of arousal and alertness for children with ASD and be provided with information on how to support children depending on these levels, including the importance of understanding a child’s sensory
profile and implementing a sensory diet.

Date: Thursday 5 October 2017 Time: 9.30am-2.30pm Location: SDN Penrith, Suite 4 & 5, 20-22 Woodriff Street, Penrith
Level: Introductory
Cost: $300 (Discount applies for SDN staff and past and present Satellite Centres)
National Quality Areas: 1, 3 & 5
Who should attend: OOSHC staff

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