Autism Spectrum Australia

Autism in Education 2016

Thank you!

As the Chair of the Aspect Autism in Education Conference Organising Committee, I would like to thank all of those who attended the conference.

We had a total of 650 delegates of which over 100 were families and people on the spectrum.

I specially wanted to thank all of the 160 wonderful speakers for their outstanding presentations that have received very positive praise from those who attended the conference. I particularly like to acknowledge the contribution and presentation of our Plenary Speakers who are on the spectrum – Dr Emma Goodall, Jeanette Purkis and Chris Varney. We have learnt much about their journeys in autism, particularly through their school years. Finally I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful presentations by Dr Patrick Schwarz and Julie Hook.






A big thank you to each of you for your involvement which helped make the 2016 AIE Conference a great success and we look forward to seeing you again at the 2018 Conference.

Please find below the conference program with link to the individual presentations.

Thank you

Dr Trevor Clark
Aspect Autism in Education Conference



Thursday 5 May 2016
8.00amRegistration Opens
Chair Briefing for Session Chairs only
(Room: 103)
9.00amS01: Welcome and Conference Opening (Plenary 3) Chair: Trevor Clark
Welcome to Country
Julie Hamblin, Chair of the Board of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Gill Callister, Secretary of Education, Department of Education & Training, VIC, Adrian Ford, CEO , Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) Tim and Judy Sharp
9.30amPatrick Schwarz - From possibility to success
10.15amChris Varney - Creating ‘I CAN Schools’: Schools that benefit from embracing Autism
10.45am Morning Tea (Level 1 foyer)
(CREATIVE PROGRAM – Parents and Carers can get involved in building a different brilliant collage with morning tea provided (Room 103)
11.15amS02: Engagement & SupportS03: Stages of LearningS04: Transitions
Plenary 3
Chair: Jacqui Borland
Room: 106
Chair: Suzanne Carrington
Room: 105
Chair: Trevor Clark
11.15amJacqui Roberts, Griffith University, QLD
Autism and Education: What is happening in our schools?
Debra Costley and Lara Cheney, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
Aspect Comprehensive Approach for Education: Building Evidence Informed Practice
Cheryl Dissanayake, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University, VIC How best to facilitate educational transitions for children with autism? Earlier is better to smooth the journey
11.35amMichelle Wong, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW
Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through Education, Disability and Health Partnerships
Mark Carter, Macquarie University, NSW
Models for supporting children with ASD in school settings and predictors of school outcome
Wendi Beamish
Benchmarking teacher practice to improve post-school transition outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability
11.55amDamian Santomauro, University of Queensland, QLD Depression in Adolescents with ASDIan Shochet, Queensland University of Technology, QLD
School Connectedness: Why is it important and how can we promote it for adolescents with ASD?
Shanfah Mariam Aljunied, Ministry of Education, Singapore
Like a Ferrari stuck in a traffic jam – how executive dysfunction affects the transition of students with high-functioning ASD across educational settings
12.15pmKerry Bissaker, Flinders University, SA
Addressing gaps in ASD professional learning in South Australia: evidenced- informed design and delivery
Suzanne Packer, ACT Health, ACT
Students with autism in ACT schools – the implications of the recent report from the expert panel on students with complex needs and challenging behaviour
Yuebo Fan, Guangzhou Cana School, Guangdong Reflection and Prospective of Cana
12.45pm Lunch (CREATIVE PROGRAM – Enjoy Club Weld music clips in the Creative Space of the level 1 foyer) 1:10pm Talking Poster Tours (rooms 103 and 104) and book signing with Tim and Judy Sharp (Knowledge Café)*   
1.45pmS05: Engagement & SupportS06: Stages of LearningS07: Stages of LearningS08: TransitionsS09: Celebrating DiversityS10: Interactive Classroom S11: Lightning Talks Engagement & Support
Room: 103
Chair: Wendi Beamish
Room: 104
Chair: Mark Carter
Room: 105
Chair: Rowena Perritt
Plenary 3
Chair: Alan Wilson
Room: 106
Chair: Liz Murray
(Aspect Booth) Chair: Julie FardellRoom: 102
Chair: Lara Cheney
1.45pmKelly Milne, Autism Association of WA, WA Creating awareness: ASD and Me! Supporting peers to Understand ASDKate Palmer, Autism Association of WA, WA Enhancing the capacity of the childcare workforce to
integrate children with autism
Erica Dixon, Department of Education and Training and Lou Ambrosy, Noah's Ark, VIC Autism Spectrum Disorder and inclusive practice in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)Karen Glasby, University of Southern Queensland, and Caleb Glasby, QLD
Multiple perspectives on transition-based education for adolescents with ASD: Adolescent, parent, teacher and researcher
Brooke Briody, Northern School for Autism, VIC From I can't to I can - a student perspective on the impact of ASD in their livesSuzanne Donnelly, Julie Fardell and Caroline Mills, Aspect Vern Barnett School, NSW
Aspect Comprehensive Approach for Education (ACAE)
1:45pmMatthew Bennett, Flinders University, SA Teaching students on the autism spectrum about
sexual relationships: critical issues and strategies for success
1:55pmClaire Smith and Jenna Worthing, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
Effectiveness of the Lego club project for young children with autism
2.05pmJane Cotter, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
An exploration of potential benefits and challenges of a two-tiered approach to the delivery of Carol Gray’s ‘The Sixth Sense’ peer education lesson
Genevieve Johnsson, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
Evaluation of a parent- mediated early play program for teaching early social communication and play skills and improving social- emotional development in young children on the autism spectrum
Yuebo Fan, Guangzhou Cana School, Guangdong Improvement of vocational skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through structured teaching methodDarlene McLennan, University of Tasmania,  TAS
How to transition to tertiary education: helpful hints for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
A free resource that provides practical tips, helpful advice and strategies, useful worksheets and case studies to assist people with ASD make a successful transition to tertiary education
Roselyn Dixon, University of Wollongong, NSW Collaborative professional learning between Australia and China to support rapid capacity building for service providers for children and young adults with ASD: possibilities, trajectories and visions for the futureMeghan Williams and Lauren Rolfe,
Aspect Macarthur School, NSW
Structured Teaching Approaches
2:05pmJane Greenstreet and Jessica Campbell, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
Composing and recording music with explicit social themes using iPAD technology for children with autism: a case study project
2:15pmSarah Crook, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW From experienced therapist to pre-service teacher: the light bulb moments that have made me reconsider the way we work in schools
2.25pmJoanne Cregan, SA Circles@SchoolNicole Hutchinson, Melton Christian College, VIC
A mother and teachers journey of transition through primary school
Nigel Duckett, Liberator, SA Phrasal verbs and AAC: how real language simplifies acquisition for everyoneJosie Santomauro,QLD
Autism all-stars: how we use our autism and asperger traits to shine in life
Rachael Dillon and Renee Clarke, Positive Partnerships (Aspect), QLD
Collaborating with diverse communities to increase awareness and understanding. ‘Working with Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander communities to support individuals on the autism spectrum'
Heath Wild,
Aspect Hunter School, NSW
2:25pmSophie Kerr, PECS Australia, VIC
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS); What does the research say?
2:35pmMichelle Jimeno, Bright FACES, VIC
Improving the Quality of Life (QOL) of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders through Athletic-Based Therapy Programmes
2.45pmVicki Cooper, The Cheshire School; Aspect Positive Behaviour Support (VIC) and Rachael Gibson, VIC Feasibility and effectiveness of a family centered educational intervention for students on the autism spectrum: The Cheshire SchoolMark Durie and Leeanne Hawke, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW A unique experience in developing a successful relationship between
home and school to ensure successful goal acquisition for students
Ellen Winchester and Andrea Garner, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Innovative Parent Training Models for Language Through Motor Planning (LAMP) approach and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices- how we are engaging and maintaining engagementJudith Hebron, University of Manchester, UK
The experience of transition from primary to secondary school for young people with autism spectrum conditions: a multi-perspective longitudinal exploration
Cathryn Masters, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SA Increasing awareness about the benefits of employing adults on the autism spectrum, by focusing on their strengths and interests, modifying traditional recruitment processes and providing a supportive
work environment, whilst promoting neurodiversity in vocational settings
Joanne Tisdell, Aspect South East Sydney School, NSW Secret Agent Society (SAS)2:45pmRenee Cachia, Monash University, VIC Mindfulness in individuals with Autism Spectrum
Disorder: A systematic review and narrative analysis
2:55pmVicky Todd and Craig Smith, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
Autism and comorbid mental health needs - reflections on supportive classroom practice
3.15pm Afternoon Tea 
3:45pmS12: Engagement & SupportS13: Engagement & SupportS14: Engagement & SupportS15: Stages of LearningS16: Stages of Learning S17: Lightning Talks Engagement and Support
Room: Plenary 3 Chair: Trevor ClarkRoom: 104
Chair: Bruce Rowles
Room: 105
Chair: Amanda Richdale
Room: 103
Chair: Kerry Bissaker
Room: 106
Chair: Jo Gillespie
Room: 102
Chair: Lee Casuscelli
3:45pmTim and Judy Sharp
A double shot of happiness
Christine Stylianakis and Kathie Lane, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Emotional regulation- a key factor in success in mainstream schoolingLauren Rolfe, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Supported transition and inclusion in the 21st century schoolMeghan Williams, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
Special interests can be so draining
Michelle Curran, University of Southern Queensland, QLD Inclusive education for ASD: When community, teacher, and student collide to reach positive educational outcomes3:45pmMarg Erwin, Flinders University, SA
When Steiner Schooling meets ASD  (Supporting a child with ASD in the Steiner setting)
3.55pmRichard Habelrih, NSW
“I’m just like everyone else.” People talk about difference and inclusion, but they forget, I’m just like everyone else
4.05pmBethany Sinclair, The Australian National University, ACT
Stress and coping in teenagers with high functioning autism
Tom Tutton and Elizabeth Gadek, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Monitoring and minimising the use of ‘Restricted Practices’ in a large school systemZach Zaborny, QLD
Education of an aspie: college through my eyes
Rozanna Lilley, Macquarie University, NSW
The IEP: parent perspectives on collaborations and conflicts with educators
4.05pmSpeaker TBC
Sharpening the axe: building better school/practitioner engagement
4.15pmPratibha Vellanki, Deakin University, VIC
Study of differential learning profiles based on computer assisted training for children on the autism spectrum
4.25pmCraig Smith, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Reaching all learners:
utilising special interests in the classroom to enhance accessibility
Jacquiline den Houting, Griffith University, QLD
Too anxious to achieve? A quantitative investigation of anxiety and academic achievement in autistic students
Karen O’Connell, University of Technology, NSW
School students with challenging behaviour: does disability discrimination law have anything to offer?
Lauren Purcell, The DENNY Foundation and son Banjo Povea-Purcell, 10 year old autistic self advocate, NSW
LEGO Robotics - a catalyst for success in learning and building friendships
Simon Milligan, Department of Education & Training, VIC Autism Connect – building the capacity of schools to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder4.25pmJenny Karavolos, parents4Kidz, SA
Inspiring success! Complete integration and harnessing of learning potential in a mainstream school, through a successful partnership between school, a family and an agency
4.35pmPenelope Robinson, I CAN Network, VIC
Life with an “I CAN” attitude: success with Aspergers
4.45pmRasika Rampatige, University of Queensland, QLD
Amaya's amazing arts
NDIS & Schools Speaker TBCYuan Gao, La Trobe University, VIC Use of Chinese traditional cultural classics to educate parents and intervene with their children with ASD in ChinaChristine Roberts-Yates  and Richard McInnes, Murray Bridge High School Disability Unit, SA
Ways in which disability unit has integrated socially assistive robots to maximise learning opportunities across the curricula for students with autism
Mark Stokes, Deakin University, VIC
A meta-analysis of educational interventions in children with ASD
4.15pmCerys Howson, Sacred Heart Senior College, SA
Personal and social development of students on the autism spectrum: what can Australia learn from England’s PSHE curriculum?
5:15pm - 6:45pm (Level 1 foyer) - Close of Sessions - Welcome Drinks (CREATIVE PROGRAM – Check out Ben’s film making talent in the Creative Space level 1 foyer)
 Group 1Facilitator: Susan BruckThursday 5 May 2016 at 1:10pm (Room: 103)
P23Lidija BalazUniversity of Wollongong, NSWEarly childhood intervention to enable the integration of children with autism into mainstream childhood services
P24Lauren ShearerAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWStudent wellbeing and emotional regulation: a proactive approach highlighting effective classroom strategies
P25Heath WildAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWCoding and creating in the Aspect classroom. Using Lego as a concrete manipulative for learning computer coding skills
P26Anna ScottNorthern School for Autism, VICHow  implementing  structured teaching decreased anxiety in the classroom
P27Jane GreenstreetAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWSchool clubs - celebrating special interests and promoting the value of extracurricular activities for children on the autism spectrum
 Group 2Facilitator: Rozanna LilleyThursday 5 May 2016 at 1:10pm (Room: 104)
P29Antanita ChrysostomDeakin University, VICEvaluation of the Learn to Play Program: Play skills, behavioural and social cognitive outcomes in children with and without developmental difficulties
P30Haylee ParfettHaylee Parfett Speech Pathology, VIC"More to say:" enabling functional communication for a child with autism
P31Rachel InghamQueensland University of Technology, QLDCommunication skills – a literacy program for ASD students. Lessons and resources for parents, teachers, aids and councillors, easily adapted and paced to suit individuals. Workbooks age/stage appropriate combining speech and occupational therapy, higher order thinking and executive function, social, visual, auditory skills, decoding and word development to enhance “communication literacy”
P43Berinda KarpAutism STEP Australia, NSWWhat works well!
*Books can be purchased from the SilverEye book stand                          
Friday 6 May 2016
8.00amRegistration Opens
Chair Briefing for Session Chairs only
(Room: 103)
9.00amS18: Engagement & SupportS19: Stages of LearningS20: Stages of LearningS21: TransitionsS22: Celebrating DiversityS23:  Interactive Classroom S24:  Lightning Talks Transitions/Stages of Learning
Room: 103
Chair: Maureen O’Donnell
Room: 104
Chair: Cheryl Dissanayake
Room 105
Chair: Melissa Webster
Room: 106
Chair: Julie Hook
Room: 109
Chair: Chris Champion
(Aspect Booth) Chair: Liz Murray Room: 102
Chair: Lee Casuscelli
9.00amJustin Walsh
Developing wellbeing plans for students with ASD
Danielle Ward, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Autsim Centre of Excellent, QLD Understanding the lived experiences of university students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A phenomenological studyKate Palmer, Autism Association of WA, WA Increasing communication options for children in the early yearsChris Varney, I CAN Network, VIC
A Spectrum of opportunity: I CAN Network’s secondary to tertiary mentoring model
Florence Williams, Autism QLD, QLD
Autism and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children
Suzanne Donnelly, Julie Fardell and Caroline Mills, Aspect Vern Barnett School, NSW
Aspect Comprehensive Approach for Education (ACAE)
9.00amJosephina Ho, University of Melbourne, Hong Kong Coaching young adults with high functioning autism for vocational and personal growth: two cases in Hong Kong
9.10amYuebo Fan, Guangzhou Cana School, Guangdong
The effect of comprehensive interventions with different time span on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
9.20amLara Cheney and Susan Bruck, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Educating children on the autism spectrum at home
- experiences of families across Australia
Jasmine McDonald, Curtin University, WA
Engaging students with autism in university settings: an evidence-based peer- mentoring program at Curtin University
Elizabeth Aylward, KU Children’s Services, NSW Mind the gap: a framework for disseminating an early intervention program (ESDM) for pre-school aged children with autismErica Dixon and Jennifer Breen, Department of Education and Training, VIC ASD planning successful transitions – online learning and support for families and educatorsFiona Low, Irabina Autism Services, VIC
The outcomes of a pilot parent-child program for Mandarin-speaking families
Meghan Williams and Lauren Rolfe,
Aspect Macarthur School, NSW
Structured Teaching Approaches
9.20amAndrea Garner, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW From assessment to classroom practice: the development of a social skills screener designed to inform Individual Education Plans (IEP) and class programs
9.30amMegan Clark, La Trobe University, VIC
Parental and teacher perspectives of social skills and problem behaviours across the home and school environments
9.40amMerel Purmer,
Autism SA, SA iMSocial - teach a child social skills
Matthew Bennett, Flinders University, SA
Challenges and supports for autistic spectrum university students
Kelly Milne, Autism Association of WA, WA Let's eat! Facilitating successful meal timesJill Ashburner, Autism Queensland, QLD
The development of a post- school transition program for young people on the spectrum: what features are critical to success?
Jodi Rodgers, Birds and Bees - Sexuality Consulting, NSW
Tuning, spooning and hooking up: The importance of comprehensive sexuality education for people on the spectrum
Craig Smith and Heath Wild,
Aspect Hunter School, NSW
9.40amWenn Lawson, Deakin University, VIC
Autism: problems with object permanence and not poor theory of mind?
9.50amEmma Goodall, Department of Education and Child Development SA
Successfully supervising doctoral students on the autism spectrum
10.00amMichelle Wong,
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW and Julie Fardell, Aspect Vern Barnett School, NSW
Emotion-based social skills training at Aspect: A pilot project
Hanan Almasoud, University of Exeter, UK
Meeting needs at the university level for students with autism
Desiree Gallimore, Newcastle University; Sydney University; Macquarie University, NSW Travel-training solutionsYosheen Pillay, USQ Toowoomba, QLD
Teacher voices of workplace transitions for adolescents with ASD: an interpretive phenomenological analysis
Wendy Holcombe, Federation University Australia - Gippsland Campus, VIC Temperament type: bridges and barriers in the education of high-functioning students with ASD in mainstream schoolsJoanne Tisdell, Aspect South East Sydney School, NSW Secret Agent Society (SAS)10.00amMiles Carlier, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Student insight into the inclusion model of high school satellite programs
10.10amLydia Meem, Autism Understanding, NSW
Positive conversations for explaining to a child or adolescent that they have autism
10.30am - Morning Tea (CREATIVE PROGRAM – Listen to Lauren’s musical talent in the Creative Space of the level 1 foyer)
10.55amS25: Engagement & Support10.55amS26: CRCS27: Celebrating Diversity
Room: 105 Chair: Liz GadekRoom: 106
Chair: Debra Costley
Room: 109
Chair: Jacqui Roberts
10.55amErica Dixon, Department of Education and Training, VIC, VIC Building the culture and the practice of Inclusive Schooling in Victorian government schools – a project10.55amSuzanne Carrington, Autism CRC, QLD
Autism CRC Australian Educational Needs Analysis - ASD-ENA
Wenn Lawson
Sexuality & gender in autism
11.15amAnne Ozdowska, Queensland University of Technology, QLD Overcoming difficulties with written expressionTrevor Clark, Aspect Autism in Education Conference (Aspect), NSW
EDUCATING FOR SUCCESS – the identification and inclusion of the ‘twice-exceptional’ student on the spectrum in differentiated educational programs
11.25pmEmma Goodall, Department of Education and Child Development SA Developing interoception - a pathway to engagement and achievement?11.35amLibby Macdonald, Autism CRC/Griffith University, QLD
Researching strategies to help students on the autism spectrum stay on-task and transition between tasks in mainstream settings
Lee Casuscelli and June Riemer, Aspect Autism in Education Conference (Aspect), NSW
Using partnerships  to raise awareness and increase understanding of disability, and in particular Autism, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. ‘The Positive Partnerships and First People Disability Network Story’
12.10pm Lunch - Posters (CREATIVE PROGRAM – Watch art in action with Zalie in the Creative Space of the level 1 foyer) 12:30pm Talking Posters (Rooms 103 and 104) and book signing by Emma Goodall and Jeanette Purkis (Knowledge Cafe)*
1.05pmS28: Engagement & SupportS29: Engagement & SupportS30: TransitionsS31: Stages of LearningS32: Celebrating Diversity S33: Lightning Talks Stages of Learning
Room: 103
Chair: Mark Stokes
Room: 104 Chair: Gio GulliRoom: 110
Chair: Debra Costley
Room: 105/106
Chair: Michelle Wong
Room: 109
Chair: Mark Durie
 Room: 102 Chair: Liz Gadek
1.05pmCatherine Davies, Department for Education & Child Development, SA
Whole site approach for student success
Liz Murray, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Practical strategies to increase student
engagement in their IEP goal acquisition. A case study project
Patrick Schwarz, National-Louis University, USA Transition from school to post- schoolSandra Kinsella, Griffith University, QLD
The effectiveness of video
self-modelling as in intervention strategy to reduce aggressive behaviour responses in adolescents with high functioning autism (HFA)
Mathew Townsend, UQ, QLD
Master of aspie - sharing perspectives
1.05pmCraig Smith, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW Lesson study: a case study in reflective classroom collaboration between an Australian and Scottish autism school
1.15pmBetty P. V. Ho, Macquarie University Special Education Centre, NSW
Cognitive-behavioural approaches for students with autism spectrum disorder: a teacher survey
1.25pmMaggie Fielding and Vanessa Alexander, Positive Partnerships (Aspect), VIC
Professional learning to support students on the autism spectrum: a strategic, whole school community approach
Jane Wenlock, Kolbe Catholic College, VIC One secondary college's experiences of assisting students in Year 7Caroline Mills and Tom Tutton, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW
Whole school positive behaviour support (PBS) in an autism specific school
Victoria Argent, Charles Darwin University, NT
Autism Spectrum: the discourse of stigma
1.25pmEria Ping Ying Li, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Holistic approach in engaging learners on the autism spectrum in inclusive setting: good practice and teachers’ roles
1.35pmPamela Mathieson, Monash University, VIC
Implementing structured TEACCHing to increase classroom participation
1.45pmElizabeth Smith and Martina Beggs, Jacana School for Autism, VIC
Building a multimodal and language rich environment in an autism specific school setting for students with Complex Communication Needs (CCN)
Dianne Winbanks, VIC Setting a young person up to succeed - Lauren’s Cred: wings to flyDerek English, Monash University, VIC
Use of peer mediated video based interventions to teach vocational skills to adults with autism spectrum disorder
Jacquiline den Houting, Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia & New Zealand (ASAN - AUNZ)
An introduction to the Neurodiversity Movement
1.45pmAnne Rasenberger, Griffith University, VIC Celebrating diversity
1.55pmDaisy Cox, QLD
Life at university with autism
2.05pmLucy Kaan, Giant Steps, NSW
Communication Repair in the classroom using a multimodal approach to augmentative alternative communication (AAC) with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Kirsten Harpley, QLD How teaching kids on the
spectrum is different when you're on the spectrum
Suzanne Donnelly, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSW I can teach without a worksheet! Why do students on the autism spectrum find completing worksheets difficult?Wendy Holcombe, Federation University Australia - Gippsland Ccampus, VIC
From prep to PhD - reflections on a twice-exceptional education
2.05pmBritt Holmberg, Kalianna Special School, VIC
A team approach between mainstream and special schools, Department of Education and Autism Connect
2.35pm Water and fruit break
2.45pm Closing Plenary (Rooms 105/106) Chairs: Trevor Clark and Adrian Ford
2.45pm Jeanette Purkis - Autism and education: what makes a good school experience?
3.05pm  Emma Goodall - Educators: the autistic lens to enable autistic students to achieve their potential 3.25pm  Julie Hook - Moving from fragmentation to coherence and collaboration
4.05pm  Adrian Ford and Trevor Clark - Conference Wrap up
4.10pm   CREATIVE PROGRAM FINALE – Performance by Mackellar Primary School Band
4.18pm Close of Sessions
 Group 3Facilitator: Susan BruckFriday 6 May 2016 at 12.30pm (Room: 103)
P32Grace ThompsonThe University of Melbourne, VICMusic to support early childhood learning and development: a partnership with parents
P33Vicky LittleAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWNavigating life after school: needs and supports in transitioning into adult years
P34Craig SmithAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWThe role of technology in facilitating accessible learning options for those on the spectrum: lessons from a United Nations workshop
P35Gerard MullanBright Faces, VICThe benefits of using visual schedules in assisting children with ASD to transition, to foster independence and flexibility in preparation for commencing primary school
P36Lyndel KennedyThe Hidden Diffability, VICAspergers at school: strategies for secondary school
 Group 4Facilitator: Rozanna LilleyFriday 6 May 2016 at 12.30pm (Room: 104)
P37Andrea GarnerAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWCollaborative design of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device integration at a class level
P38Jenny NorthmorePort Phillip Specialist School, VICJourney of Discovery: Using sensory regulation, visual supports and antecedent interventions to achieve student engagement
P39Phylisa WisdomLindamood-Bell Learning Processes, VICThe imagery-language connection: improving comprehension for children with autism
P40Matthew KocherAspect South Coast School, NSWDad's night:  sharing and learning for fathers of children on the autism spectrum
P41Vasanthi AsaithambiSAAC, SingaporeEducators' perspectives of the use of PECS: a school wide survey
P42Lye Ee NgVictoria University, VICSocialising within differentiated spaces: the relationship between autism, technology and space
P01Matthew BennettFlinders University, SAWhy do they pick on me? Practical strategies which school students on the autism spectrum and their parents can use to detect, manage and prevent school bullying
P02Matthew BennettFlinders University, SAParental views and experiences about raising a child on the autism spectrum
P03Emma GoodallFlinders, UniSA, Healthy Possibilities, SAThinking through behaviour
P04Josie SantomauroQLDCool comics: creative ways to promote cognitive thinking
P05Nathan HoAspect South East Sydney School, NSWThe positive effects of mindfulness and students on the autism spectrum
P06Caroline MillsAspect Vern Barnett School, NSWMental health and wellbeing — a new element in Aspect's comprehensive approach to education for students on the autism spectrum
P07Todd WhiteheadGriffith University, QLDPlaying after the bell: promoting the inclusion of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australian community based education organisations
P08Joanne StephensQUT, QLDThematic results of the study: what are the challenges of meeting the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) during out of hospital interactions with Paramedics?
P09Lynie CanillasAspect Western Sydney School, NSWEmbedding pivotal response training (PRT) strategies in the English primary curriculum
P10Lynie CanillasAspect Western Sydney School, NSWPivotal Response Training (PRT) across key learning areas within an Aspect primary satellite class setting
P11Jane ReevesAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWMeeting the balance - Reporting on curriculum and core competencies in an autism-specific school -  developing a new reporting guide incorporating parent and staff engagement
P12Christy SlaterFlinders University, SAMisunderstood. Naughty. Rebellious. Undiagnosed on the autism spectrum - the impact on adulthood
P13Emily FellThe University of Newcastle, NSWA case study: managing anxiety in students with autism
P14Teesha ScottAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWThe Aspect Early Intervention Readiness Program (EIRP): A post-ASD diagnosis family support program
P15Yuebo FanGuangzhou Cana School, GUANGDONGAutism spectrum disorders show superior performance on the difficult visual search task
P16Mark DurieAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWUtilisation of a feelings hierarchy towards the evaluation of appropriate emotional regulation supports
P17Kayla MaxfieldAspect Western Sydney School, NSWThe use of photographs in home-school diaries to support and meet Student Individual Education Plan(IEP) related goals
P18Mary DimitrijevskiVICIntervention in the natural learning environment
P19Doug McGheeAspect Riverina School, NSWRock and water - skills for physical-social teaching with boys and girls on the autism spectrum
P20Rose DixonUniversity of Wollongong, NSWA professional learning model for enhancing technology use for students with ASD
P21Jacqueline GatelyMonash University, VICParental assessment of the suitability of early intervention for young children with autism spectrum challenges
P22Linda Robinson and Brenda HolmesAutism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), NSWImplementing KidsMatter: How Aspect Riverina introduced a whole school community mental health framework for students living with autism


Autism in Education 2016