This event has now concluded. The 2019 Conference program will be announced in mid November 2018.
The Special Needs Symposium 2018 is designed to provide in depth knowledge, dispel myths, promote research and explore strategies to create an inclusive classroom. The four key topics covered are ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and Anxiety. The symposium will bring educators together with the common goal of building capacity to facilitate appropriate classroom strategies for students. Held on Friday 31 August 2018 and Saturday 1 September 2018 featuring two streams per day, you may choose to attend one stream, two streams or all four. Tickets are on sale for $66 per stream (normally $88). Early Bird Registration - $66* per stream (normally $88) *early bird offer ends Fri 27 April 2018.
Group bookings are available and all prices are inclusive of GST Please note: catering not included.
Friday 31 August 2018 -Morning Session
9am – 9.45amSpeaker: Ruth DevineJournalist & mother of 3 sons with ADHD
Session OverviewRuth Devine presents a candid and uniquely personal session on what it means to be the parent or carer of a child experiencing ADHD. Ruth will give insight into her experience over the last 19 of being a Mum to three sons with the disorder. As well as providing advise for educators to get the best outcomes for ADHD students in a classroom setting. Ruth’s session includes practical tips and insights on:
•What ADHD means in real terms for children•ADHD myths and half-truths debunked•The incredible potential of an ADHD brain•Top 10 challenges for students with ADHD (and how to manage them)
9.45am – 10.30amSpeaker: Dr Emma SciberasSchool of Psychology, Deakin UniversityCommunity Health Services ResearchMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
Session OverviewThis presentation will provide delegates with practical strategies for improving outcomes for learners with ADHD including:
•An overview of the educational outcomes for children with ADHD;•Information about evidence-based programs that improve educational outcomes for children with ADHD; and•Practical strategies that can be used to assist youth with ADHD in the classroom.
11am – 11.45amSpeaker: Cressida Crossley & Jamie CoombsSpecial Needs Teaching Specialists, NESTS
Session OverviewHear how schools can best support students with ADHD in the classroom and within the wider school community to set students up for success beyond school, including;
•Understanding ADHD•How to implement practical school based supports for the ADHD learner•How to implement effective social supports for the ADHD student•Why creating an inclusive community is a key goal for all educators
Friday 31 August 2018 – Afternoon Session
1pm – 2pmDr. Daryl Greaves Educational and Developmental Psychologist formerly of SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties Association of Victoria)
Session OverviewThis session covers the most up-to-date information about Dyslexia and strategies to assist learners including:
•Getting technology to read text aloud•Using technology to write•Keeping track when reading•Decoding in reading•How to make reasonable adjustments
Schools requirements to make special provision or reasonable adjustments will be outlined with practical examples and strategies that will be relevant to all subject teachers.
2pm – 2.45pmSarah AsomeLearning and Curriculum Support Leader, Bentleigh West Primary School Associate Member of Australian Dyslexia Association
Session OverviewSarah will focus heavily on Early and Evidence Based Intervention. She will explore how students with dyslexia must be identified early and receive evidence based intervention in order to succeed. Why wait? Eight is too late!
Find out what to look for and how we must change our teaching in order for students with dyslexia to fly. Sarah will explore how reasonable accommodations and assistive technology is the key for students who struggle with literacy, especially in the older years.
2.45pm – 3.30pmLara LasnitzkiCertified Practicing Speech Pathologist Practice Principal of Speech4Kids
Session OverviewLara will present on the interaction between language and literacy. She will discuss the components of language and how impairments in each area impact on literacy skills. Lara will discuss strategies to address these deficits and will address the role of a speech Pathologist in the classroom.
Saturday 1 September - Morning Session
Why children with special needs face significant challenges in mainstream classrooms and what can be done to improve their outcome9am – 11amDr Jo Martin, Paediatrician Complete Children’s HealthDr Renee Testa, NeuropsychologistThe Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Group
Session OverviewThis 2 hour session will outline the common diagnoses that children with special needs face in the majority of mainstream classrooms in Australia, including ASD, ADHD, Language Disorders, Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Learning Disabilities. The diagnostic process will be explained, including the vital role that teachers and educators have in assisting clinicians in this process. Practical recommendations that can be applied to the classroom to improve outcomes for each condition will be discussed, with consideration to limited resources schools face. In addition, time will be allocated to discuss aspirations for a better system to cater for students with special needs in mainstream schools in the future.An important holistic session for educators covering:
•To understand the prevalence and key features of common Special Needs conditions including ASD, ADHD, Language Disorders, Anxiety Disorder and Specific Learning Disabilities, and how they commonly co-exist.•To understand the diagnostic process for each condition and the role of specific clinicians in this process and what important information teachers and educators can contribute during this process•To gain an insight into medical and allied health treatment/ therapy available for each condition after diagnosis, and the different settings this may be offered in•To discuss practical recommendations for schools and classrooms to better support these vulnerable children, especially given the resource constraints schools are facing•Discussion of several complex case studies featuring children with multiple special needs, incorporating time for Q&A
11.30am – 12.15pmSpeaker: Sally RigleyPsychologist, The ASD Clinic
Session OverviewHear Sally Rigley, a Developmental and Educational Psychologist talk about anxiety and how it affects people's language ability and sensory processing and can often be disguised as anger, particularly for people with special needs. She will also cover how anxiety is often unrecognised by the child with the special needs and misunderstood by their teachers.
12.15pm - 1pmSpeaker: Amanda LecaudeOrganising Expert, Academic Coach, Writer, Speaker, EducatorConsultant of Organising Students
Session OverviewAmanda Lecaude will share her knowledge and experience working with students (Year 6 through to Year 12) both in a classroom environment and 1:1, as to why students need strong organisational and time management skills and without them how they are prone to experiencing increased stress, overwhelm and anxiety which can affect them both academically and in life. Participants will gain:
•An understanding of why organisation and time management lead to increased success and result in less stress and anxiety•A greater understanding of what time management really means, why it is important and the need for students to actually ‘see time’•An understanding of the role organisation plays and the impact it can have on the lives of students;•Clear tips and strategies to take back to the classroom or use at home in supporting students on their academic journey; and•Insight into how these skills are vital for a successful transition from primary to secondary school.
Saturday 1 September 2018 – Afternoon Session
2pm – 2.45pmSpeakers:Dr Alexandra UreSenior Clinical Psychologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, MelbourneMs Charmaine BernieOccupational Therapist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, MelbourneMs Veronica RoseSpeech Pathologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Session OverviewChildren on the autism spectrum present with a range of strengths and challenges which are often amplified in the school environment. This overview session will present facts and myths about autism spectrum disorder, discuss the diagnostic process and reflect on the reported rise in autism diagnosis. Drawing on recent research, this session will take a multidisciplinary approach to evidenced based intervention strategies from the perspectives of a clinical psychologist, speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist.Participants will:
•Discuss latest research in autism spectrum disorder•Update their knowledge on the diagnostic process and the important role played by educators•Develop an understanding of where and from whom to access resources and how educators and clinicians can work together to support children on the autism spectrum
2.45pm – 3.30pmSpeakers:Cressida CrossleyJamie CoombsSpecial Needs Teaching Specialists, NESTS
Session OverviewHear how schools can best support students with ASD in the classroom and within the school community to set students up for success beyond school.Participants will:
•Deepen their understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)•Learn strategies to addressing Anxiety•Understand how to establish effective social supports within your educational setting•Learn why creating an inclusive community must be the key goal of all educators
3.30pm – 4.00pmSpeaker: Miles GlaspoleStudent & Comedian
Session OverviewMiles Glaspole is a 21-year-old student and comedian with Asperger's syndrome. Miles talks with humour and frankness about the ways in which both individual teachers and his school experiences helped his learning journey and in some cases hindered it. Miles has appeared on The Chase Australia and featured in the first episode of Tom Gleeson's ABC quiz show Hard Quiz with the wholly non-autistic subject of Doctor Who. In 2017, Miles joined the writing team for Hard Quiz and began 2018 completing another top secret writing opportunity, as well as studying Arts at the University of Melbourne. Miles’ story is deeply personal, engaging and honest.
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