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Workshops overview

This is what you can expect at our workshops:

  • learning and sharing alongside other parents and carers
  • discussing current, evidence-informed information about the autism spectrum
  • viewing lived-experience videos from autistic young people
  • exploring processes and strategies parents and carers can use to build effective partnerships with their child’s teachers and school
  • learning about our Planning Tool and how it can support productive information sharing
  • an opportunity to focus on the importance of self-care for parents and carers

At the workshops you’ll be supported by experienced facilitators and provided with practical tools and resources to take home. These tools and resources may assist with school meetings and NDIS planning.

Watch the following short video clip of a workshop in action.

Workshop Overview

Diversity of autism

  • examines parent’s knowledge of autism and how autism directly impacts their child at home and school
  • investigates a range of practical strategies to use at home and school to improve learning outcomes

Working together

  • examines ways for parents to strengthen partnerships between home, school and community
  • increases awareness of support and services for families and how they can be accessed
  • explores ways parents can advocate more effectively for their child’s needs
  • helps parents develop a plan for moving forward

Understanding sensory processing

  • explores sensory processing and the different ways children on the autism spectrum can be impacted by sensory needs
  • identifies strategies that can be used to help manage and support children experiencing sensory processing issues

Understanding behaviour (only available in 2 Day version of workshop)

  • examines the function/purpose of behaviours
  • recognising that understanding behaviour is the key to supporting children on the autism spectrum
  • explore tools and strategies to understand and respond helpfully to our young people

‘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

1. Can I join from my phone or do I need a tablet or laptop? What device is best?

Ideally a laptop or computer will allow you to maximise your experience in terms of using the chat box function and for clear viewing of the visuals. Second choice would be a tablet and as a last resort it is possible to use a phone but not recommended. If you do not have access to a laptop or computer we would suggest checking in with either your local library or perhaps your child’s school.

2. Will it be like a webinar?

Unlike a webinar where your only interaction is with the chat box, we are aiming to create a more interactive environment including discussions and virtual activities. During the virtual workshop you have the option to connect with the facilitators and other parents and carers via the chat box, live chat and video.

3. What will I need for the workshop? Do I need to download anything?

You will receive a link to a webpage on the Positive Partnerships website with all of the resources available to download as an option. This includes a work booklet and templates which you can then print off for your sessions. Upon registering if you indicate you do not have a printer, the Team Leader will be in touch to discuss options.

4. Can more than one member of my family attend using the same computer?

We would love any other parent, grandparent or full time carer from your household to join you. Each of you will need register for the workshop.

5. Do I need to download anything before the workshop so that I can access Zoom?

You can join a Zoom meeting simply by clicking on the meeting or workshop link. You do not need to download Zoom or create an account to be a participant. However we do recommend you ensure the sound is working on your device. Wearing a headset or earphones can also assist with your sound quality when on Zoom.

6. Will there be a cost to these workshops?

All of our online workshops are absolutely free. View the upcoming locations available now and open for registration.

Upcoming Workshops

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