We have taken the best of what we’ve learned about supporting children from birth to five years and packaged it into practical workshops.
The workshop program includes offerings from the team at SDN Beranga, an Autism Early Years Demonstration Service that explore ways to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in education and care settings.

2018 Autism Specific Workshops
Teach me to play and interact: ASD workshop (April)
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National Quality Areas: 1 and 5 Level: Intermediate Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

Learn practical ways to support children with ASD to develop and extend their play and interaction skills. Explore ideas to support children with ASD 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 ASD. Discover the importance of your environment in supporting these skills and learn about resources like play schedules, prompting and modelling.

Dates:

Monday 16 April                      2.30pm-4.30pm         SDN Head Office, 86-90 Bay Street, Ultimo    Register now

Communication supports for children with ASD (May)
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National Quality Areas: 1 and 5 Level: Introductory Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

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 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.

Dates:

 

Monday 28 May                     2.30pm-4.30pm     SDN Head Office, 86-90 Bay Street, Ultimo                  Register now

Understanding trauma in children with ASD (April, June)
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National Quality Areas: 5 and 6 Level: Introductory Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

Explore what trauma informed practice is and how it compliments research based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will look at the short and long term effects of trauma for children, plus how our amazing brains have the ability to change and recover. As an educator you will also reflect upon your role and the value of self-care.

Dates:

Wednesday 11 April  6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, 128 Hartington Street, Rooty Hill    Register now

Monday 4 June      6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Milperra, 22-24 Pozierers Avenue, Milperra  Register now

Engaging children with ASD in group time (May)
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National Quality Areas: 1 and 3 Level: Introductory Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

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

Dates: Monday 21 May        2.30pm-4.30pm    SDN Head Office, 86-90 Bay Street, Ultimo Register now

Thinking outside the box: programming for children with ASD (May)
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National Quality Areas: 1, 3, 5 and 6 Level: Introductory Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

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 the box and be creative in relation to designing exciting and stimulating experiences for children with ASD.

Dates:

14 May                     6.30pm-8.30pm     SDN Northern Suburbs, 8 Rodborough Avenue, Crows nest       Register now

               

Understanding behaviour in children with ASD (May, June)
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National Quality Areas: 1, 2 and 5 Level: Introductory Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

Gain an insight into children with 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’.

Dates:

Wednesday 26 May              6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Milperra, 22-24 Pozierers Ave, Milperra         Register now

Wednesday 13 June              6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, 128 Hartington Road, Rooty Hill Register now

Visuals for children with ASD — make and take (June)
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National Quality Areas: 1 and 5 Level: Intermediate Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

Extend on your knowledge of visual supports and their practical implementation in an early childhood setting. Topics include:

-benefits of using visuals to support and develop communication

-practical demonstrations of how to use visuals within routines and interactions

-role plays to practice implementation and build confidence

-make two visual supports to take back with you and use in your centre.

Please come to the workshop prepared with ideas of areas where visuals could support children’s communication in your centre. This may include one whole centre routine and one specific child that you would like to make visual supports for.

This workshop will build upon participants’ pre-existing knowledge and experience using visuals. It is recommended that participants with limited experience attend the Communication supports for children with ASD workshop first.

Dates: Wednesday 20 June                  6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, 128 Hartington Street, Rooty Hill    Register now

Partnerships with families: ASD workshop (June)
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National Quality Areas: 5 and 6 Level: Introductory Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

This workshop will provide you with insight into the challenges families with a child with ASD face and ways to support them. We will explore family centred practice, family

Dates: Monday 25 June        6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Ngallia, Gate 1, Uni of Sydney Cumberland Campuis, Lidcombe Register now

Other workshops (Non-autism specific)
Working with 0–3: foundational practices for lifelong learning
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National Quality Areas: 1, 3 and 5 Level: Introductory Cost: $175 Who should attend: Educators

This training incorporates the insight from a broad spectrum of current research, bridging the gap between theory and practice. Tapping into recent understanding on how young children learn and develop, this session will explore everyday key practices that can support good outcomes for the children and families you work with.

Dates: Monday 26 February 1.30pm-4.30pm     SDN Head Office, 86-90 Bay Street, Ultimo                  Register now

Monday 18 June    1.30pm-4.30pm     SDN Head Office, 86-90 Bay Street, Ultimo                         Register now

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