Workshops

Woman listening and reading resources at a Positive Partnerships workshop

‘Both my wife and I attended and found the information very useful in helping us work out better methods on how to approach our son’s school with a plan to give him the education experience he deserves.  I especially like the “matrix” [tool] as this is an excellent way to give people a “snapshot” of who my son is.'

Daniel, parent from NSW

Positive Partnerships offers a number of workshop formats where our trained facilitators guide you through evidence based material.  Depending on the area you live in Positive Partnerships offers one day or two day workshops.

By the end of the workshop it is intended that participants will:

  • be informed about current evidence-based knowledge of autism spectrum disorder and better understand how it directly impacts on their young person’s learning;
  • better understand the processes and strategies that enable effective parent/carer school and teacher partnerships;
  • be equipped with information and strategies to advocate effectively to support their young person’s learning whilst negotiating the educational environment of which their young person is a part of;
  • be informed about local school system’s processes to support their young person’s learning at all stages of the educational pathway;
  • better understand ways to maximise their young person’s learning in the home environment.

OVERVIEW OF THE ONE DAY WORKSHOP

The one day workshop is divided into three sessions. Workshop sessions will vary depending on the length of the workshop and/or the needs of specific participant groups. Parent/Carer workshop sessions are listed below, with their learning intentions:

Autism - Characteristics, Impacts and Strategies

  • use your knowledge of autism and how this directly impacts on your young person at home and school
  • investigate a range of practical strategies to use at home and school to improve your young person’s learning outcomes

Understanding behaviour

  • demonstrate that behaviour serves a function/purpose
  • recognise that understanding behaviour is key to supporting individuals on the autism spectrum
  • explore tools and strategies that support behaviour utilising a Positive Behaviour Support approach

Working together

  • increase your understanding of ways to strengthen the partnerships between home, school and community
  • increase your awareness of supports and services for you and your family, and how to access them
  • consider ways you might advocate more effectively
  • assist you to develop a plan for moving forward

‘I found the one day workshop to be very worthwhile. The content was very relevant and I feel that I’ve walked away with the tools to navigate our way through this journey. I would recommend this course to anyone with a child who is newly diagnosed or going through the diagnostic process.'

Parent, Canberra, May 2017

OVERVIEW OF THE TWO DAY WORKSHOP

The two day workshop is divided into four sessions. Workshop sessions will vary depending on the length of the workshop and/or the needs of specific participant groups.  Parent/Carer workshop sessions are listed below, with their learning intentions:

Autism - Characteristics, Impacts and Strategies

  • use your knowledge of autism and how this directly impacts on your young person at home and school
  • investigate a range of practical strategies to use at home and school to improve your young person’s learning outcomes

Understanding sensory processing

  • develop an understanding of sensory processing and the unique differences individuals on the autism spectrum may have with processing information from their senses
  • identify some strategies that can assist people to manage sensory input and help them to meet their sensory needs

Understanding behaviour

  • demonstrate that behaviour serves a function/purpose
  • recognise that understanding behaviour is key to supporting individuals on the autism spectrum
  • explore tools and strategies that support behaviour utilising a Positive Behaviour Support approach

Working together

  • increase your understanding of ways to strengthen the partnerships between home, school and community
  • increase your awareness of supports and services for you and your family, and how to access them
  • consider ways you might advocate more effectively assist you to develop a plan for moving forward

‘The Positive Partnerships workshop was a great way for me to learn more about my child’s condition and how to help him through his school life and further education. The workshop was varied, informative and organised and I loved it! I also networked with many other parents who I plan to stay in touch with as part of my support network.’

Parent, NSW, May 2017