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
Communication supports for children with ASD
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National Quality Areas: 1 and 6 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: Wednesday 7 November        6.30pm-8.30pm     SDN Penrith        Register now

Creating clear child centred routines and transitions for children with ASD
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National Quality Areas: 1, 3 and 5 Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

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 transitions 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.

Dates: Wednesday 4 July    6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, Rooty Hill  Register now

Engaging children with ASD in group time
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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:

Tuesday 18 September        6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Penrith  Register now

Tuesday 27 November        6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Northern Suburbs, Crows Nest  Register now

Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
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National Quality Areas: 1, 2 and 5 Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

Explore the perspective of a child with 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.

Dates: Tuesday 24 July       6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Northern Suburbs, Crows Nest  Register now

 

Exploring Sensory Processing for children with ASD (two part workshop)
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National Quality Areas: 1, 3 and 5 Level: Introductory
Cost: $150 Who should attend: Educators

Part 1:  This workshop is the first of two workshops exploring sensory processing in children with ASD. It will provide you with information on how children process sensory information and practical strategies for your early childhood setting.

Dates: Wednesday 12 September   6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, Rooty Hill  Register now

Part 2:  This workshop follows on from the first and allows you to explore the levels of arousal and alertness for children with 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.

Dates: Tuesday 2 October       6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, Rooty Hill  Register now

* participants are required to attend both Part 1 and 2

Partnerships with families: ASD workshop
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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: Wednesday 14 November        6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, Rooty Hill  Register now

Teach me to play and interact
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National Quality Areas: 1 and 5 Level: Introductory
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 2 July        2.30pm-4.30pm    SDN Head Office  Register now

Wednesday 5 December       6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, Rooty Hill  Register now

Thinking outside the box: Programming for children with ASD
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National Quality Areas: 1, 3 and 5 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: Wednesday 15 August    6.30pm-8.30pm    SDN Beranga, Rooty Hill  Register now

Understanding behaviour in children with ASD
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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: Monday 10 September              2.30pm-4.30pm    SDN Head Office, Broadway  Register now

 

Understanding trauma in children with ASD
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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:

Monday 20 August      2.30pm-4.30pm    SDN Head Office, Broadway            Register now

Visuals for children with ASD — make and take
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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

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.

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

Tuesday 30 October    1.30pm-4.30pm     SDN Head Office, Broadway                     Register now

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