Aspect offers a broad range of autism workshops and webinars for parents, carers, educators and health professionals. These workshops and webinars are part of our national initiative to improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum across Australia.
All our autism workshops draw upon Aspect’s over 50 years of experience in partnership with people on the autism spectrum and their families. We aim to deliver practical, real-world solutions combining evidence-informed practice, thinking and knowledge to benefit families, communities, professionals and organisations.
Our webinars and workshops are:
Where we have workshops that are co-delivered:
Eating is a complex process and learned behaviour. Research shows that Autistic people have five 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. These can impact on task performance, school participation and activities of daily living. It is also associated with higher anxiety levels.
Our webinar will explore the sensory differences in each system and how they impact function. It will also look at the history of sensory processing and theoretical models and discover how to assess sensory differences. Finally, we will 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. People on the autism spectrum experience a wide range of emotions, just like anyone else. However, they may respond or portray these emotions in a different way than may be expected.
They could experience difficulty noticing, interpreting and responding to others’ emotions. They may also have difficulties noticing, interpreting and responding to their own internal emotions.
Our webinar will cover the process of emotional regulation including identifying, 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 (PBS) strategies. Attendees will learn proactive, strengths- and evidence-based approaches to understand behaviours and support people on the autism spectrum.
These webinars will provide confidence in creating an autism-friendly environment. They’ll also help you to understand the process for creating individual plans for supporting people with autism who demonstrate behaviours of concern.
Part 1 will focus on the development of an autism-friendly environment. This includes strategies to support individuals with quality of life, communication, thinking and learning.
Part 2 of the Positive Behaviour Support webinars follows on from the learnings and strategies in Part 1. Here we will focus on understanding why behaviours of concern may occur. And we will work on methods for developing proactive interventions and planned responses when these behaviours occur.
Most teachers will have the opportunity to support a student on the autism spectrum in their classrooms. This autism webinar aims to increase attendees’ knowledge of how autism presents in a school setting and what they can do to best support these students.
Here we 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. PBS’ proactive strategies can help reduce the frequency and intensity of behaviours, while its reactive strategies promote safety and de-escalation of students.
Starting school is a significant milestone in the life of a child, their parents and carers and those who support them.
This webinar will increase attendees’ knowledge of schooling options as well as provide 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 it will investigate how building partnerships with the school is integral to ongoing success.
During our webinar we will look at the definition of good quality of life. We’ll discuss why is it important to consider quality of life for Autistic adults. We will also look at some barriers to a good quality of life and strategies to support achieving it.
This webinar discusses how to support individuals on the spectrum with challenges of engagement. It also discusses best practice for building goals in active support delivery under the NDIS. Our presentation integrates research and evidence from Aspect’s over 50 years of autism support. And it incorporates the preferences of people on the spectrum.
This mental health and autism workshop will discuss the rates of and factors that affect mental health conditions in individuals on the autism spectrum.
The presentation explores 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 also 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 behaviour and autism webinars aim to provide an overview of autism and behaviour. It explores why some people on the autism spectrum may engage in behaviours of concern. And it includes some key positive behaviour support practice principles that can help guide autism support.
This webinar aims to provide understanding of autism is the workplace and covers how to maximise employee potential. Attendees will receive guidance on best practice methods for recruiting and managing candidates. They’ll also be provided with strategies for supporting employees, and for identifying and implementing reasonable autism-friendly adjustments and solutions to meet current challenges.
It is estimated that approximately 1 in 70 people in Australia are on the autism spectrum, and current research has identified a higher prevalence of mental health concerns, including eating disorders, in the autistic population compared to the general population. The neurological differences that constitute autism, including gender differences and the high masking phenotype, can significantly influence the presentation of autistic individuals with mental health concerns, such as eating disorders.
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 or their ability to process sensory information within their world. They might also come out through their social skills, play and behaviour.
Our webinar aims to increase attendees’ knowledge of the early indicators of autism in young children.
This is an introductory webinar providing information on autism and play development. In particular it looks at how play skills may present differently in young Autistic children.
Our autism play 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 a focus on the child's interests and preferences, 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 it can present very differently based on their individual preferences.
Social connectedness forms the foundation for developing structure and collaboration in play. In this second part of our Early Play workshop, we aim to increase attendees’ knowledge of how to support young Autistic individuals to develop their play. This includes increasing their social development skills and methods to 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. It includes 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. It also covers the stages of toilet training and troubleshooting around common toileting difficulties.
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ASD is the acronym for autism spectrum disorder. This umbrella term was created in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association and covers a wider range of disorders other than just autism. For clarity, at Aspect we use the term autism rather than ASD. We also refer to our workshops and webinars as ‘autism-focused’ rather than as ‘ASD workshops’ or ‘ASD webinars’. However, for practical purposes, those workshops and webinars will overlap regardless of the terminology.
If you don’t see a webinar that covers the information you need, get in touch. Our team is happy to create a customise workshop for you or your business.
Of course. All are welcome to access our workshops and webinars, regardless of diagnosis status.