Aspect Workshops and Webinars are a national initiative that is committed to improving the lives of people on the autism spectrum across Australia. Combining evidence-informed practice, thinking and knowledge.
Drawing upon Aspect’s 50 years of experience in partnership with people on the autism spectrum and their families, we deliver practical, real-world solutions to benefit families, communities, professionals and organisations.
Aspect offers a broad range of autism-related workshops and webinars for parents, carers, educators and health professionals.
Our Workshops are:
- Co-designed – everything we will talk about has been developed in partnership with individuals with lived experience of the autism spectrum
- Based on evidence-based practice – we know what works and we are going to tell you what that looks like in actual practice
- Focussed on the practical – our trained and experienced allied health specialists will talk you through not just the what, but also show you the how, where, when, and who of best practice autism support.
Where we have workshops that are co-delivered:
- Co-delivered with an individual with lived experience of the autism spectrum – hear it from someone who knows and understands.
Full day workshops
- Autism and the Early Years
- Autism across the Lifespan
- Positive Behaviour Support
Therapy Support Webinar Series
Eating is a complex process and learned behaviour. Research shows that autistic people have 5 times greater chance of having mealtime difficulties than their typically developing peers. Our webinar will look at typical eating development, discover reasons why people with autism have feeding difficulties, dispel common myths surrounding eating, and identify a variety of food introduction methods and strategies. More complex medical conditions such as swallowing disorders, allergies and gastrointestinal conditions will not be covered.
Sensory processing is the way a person perceives, processes and organises information they receive through their senses. Studies show that up to 95% of autistic people have sensory differences which impact on task performance, school participation, activities of daily living, and is also associated with higher anxiety levels. Our webinar will recognise the sensory differences in each system and how they impact function, look at the history of sensory processing and theoretical models, discover how to assess sensory differences, consider the evidence behind a variety of sensory supports, and determine when to seek additional support.
Emotional regulation is a complex process which allows an individual to monitor and modulate their expression of emotions and arousal. Children on the autism spectrum experience a wide range of emotions, just like any other child. However, they may respond or portray these emotions in a different way than may be expected. They could experience difficulty noticing the emotions of others, interpreting others emotions and responding to others emotions, as well as possible difficulties noticing, interpreting and responding to their own internal emotions. Our webinar will cover the process of emotional regulation including identification, understanding, responding to and regulating emotions. We will also cover strategies to help support emotional regulation in children.
This two-part webinar series will provide information on principles and practical applications of positive behaviour support strategies. Attendees will learn proactive, strengths and evidence-based approaches to understand behaviours of concern and support people on the autism spectrum. These webinars will provide confidence in creating an autism friendly environment and the process of individual planning for supporting people with autism who demonstrate behaviours of concern. Part 1 will focus on the development of an autism friendly environment including strategies to support individuals with quality of life, communication and thinking and learning.
This two-part webinar series will provide information on principles and practical applications of positive behaviour support strategies. Attendees will learn proactive, strengths and evidence based approaches to understand behaviours of concern and support people on the autism spectrum. These webinars will provide confidence in creating an autism friendly environment and the process of individual planning for supporting people with autism who demonstrate behaviours of concern. Part 2 will focus on understanding why behaviours of concern may occur and developing proactive interventions and the development of planned responses for behaviours when they occur.
Most teachers will have the opportunity to support a student on the Autism Spectrum in their classrooms. This webinar aims to increase attendees’ knowledge of how autism presents in a school setting and what they can do to best support these students. The workshop will focus on providing practical strategies for daily use in classrooms to provide an inclusive schooling experience. We will also discuss the effective implementation of Positive Behaviour Support in schools, detailing proactive strategies to help reduce the frequency and intensity of behaviours, as well as reactive strategies that promote safety and de-escalation of students.
Starting school is a significant milestone in the life of a child, their parents/carers and those who support them. Our webinar on Starting and Navigating School aims to increase attendees’ knowledge of schooling options as well as providing practical strategies to help facilitate a successful transition into school and within schooling years. Our webinar will also include information on how to support diverse learners and how building partnerships with the school is integral to ongoing success.
Adult Webinar Series
During our webinar we will look at the definition of good quality of life and why is it important to consider quality of life for Autistic adults. We will look at some barriers to a good quality of life and strategies to support a good quality of life.
Individuals on the autism spectrum. Topics covered also include how to support individuals on the spectrum with challenges of engagement as well as building goals in active support delivery under the NDIS. Our presentation integrates research evidence with Aspect’s 50 years of autism support, as well as the preferences of people on the spectrum.
Our workshop will discuss the rates of and factors that affect Mental Health conditions in individuals on the autism spectrum. The presentation explores the how challenges experienced due to social and communication difficulties, differences in thinking and learning and sensory experiences can compound and impact mental health in autistic individuals. It provides options to foster emotional, psychological and social wellbeing by implementing autism friendly strategies and knowing when and how to access professional mental health support.
Our webinar aims to provide an overview of autism and behaviour. It explores why some people on the autism spectrum may engage in behaviours of concern and includes some key positive behaviour support practice principles that can help guide autism support.
Our webinar aims to provide understanding of Autism is the workplace and how to maximise employee potential. Attendees will receive guidance on best practice for recruiting and managing candidates, provide strategies for supporting employees, identify and implement reasonable adjustments, and question and answers input into current challenges and solutions.
Early Childhood Webinar Series
Indicators of Autism can be detected early in a child’s life and are often observed through differences in development. These early indicators can be demonstrated through difficulties in a child’s ability to communicate with others, their ability to process sensory information within their world, as well as through their social skills, play and behaviour. Our webinar aims to increase attendees’ knowledge of the early indicators of autism in young children.
An introductory webinar providing information on play development and how play skills may present differently in young autistic children. Our webinar will focus on practical strategies to increase social connections between the child and familiar adults through engaging in a range of child-led play activities. We will discuss and demonstrate how structured supports including visuals, and the focus on the child's interests and preferences in play, can support the development of a deep, trusting play relationship.
Play is integral to a child’s development. Play is the medium through which children learn. Social development encompasses people of all ages using skills to communicate and interact with others. Social connectedness is the feeling of being connected to others and belonging to a group. For autistic children, this can come in many forms and present very differently based on their individual preferences. Social connectedness forms the foundation for developing structure and collaboration in play. Our workshop aims to increase attendees’ knowledge of how to support young autistic individuals to help develop their play and social development skills and work towards successful collaborative play with others. In turn this will build lifelong social skills development.
Our webinar explores communication development in children and how it may differ for children on the autism spectrum. This information will equip parents and professionals in supporting children who may have communication difficulties, including practical strategies to support their child’s understanding and expressive communication through the use of visual supports.
Being independent with toileting skills is a typical stage of a child’s development. For autistic children, there can often be added complexities in developing independence with toileting skills. Our webinar will provide information and supports around where to start with toilet training, the stages of toilet training and troubleshooting around common toileting difficulties.
Building Tots is a service funded by the Department of Education to support young children aged 2 to 4 years to enter into a successful childcare or preschool placement. Our webinar will present information on the Building Tots service, including its playgroups and transition support programs throughout the NSW funded regions, as well as discuss eligibility criteria and how to support a referral into this program.