National Education Summit

Leading Education Conferences and Events Australia


Friday 31 August & Saturday 1 September 2018
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Special Needs Symposium 2018 is designed to bridge the knowledge gap, dispel myths, promote research and explore strategies to create an inclusive classroom. The four key topics covered are ADHD, austism spectrum disorder, dyslexia and anxiety. The symposium will bring educators together with the common goal of building educators capacity to facilitate appropriate classroom strategies for students with special needs. 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.

ADHD – Friday 31 August 2018 -Morning Session

SPEAKERS: A journalist and mother of 3 sons with ADHD, clinical psychologist and lecturer in psychology at Deakin University and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

  • Explore what ADHD means for children in real terms
  • Learn what it means to be the carer of someone with ADHD
  • ‘What parents of ADHD kids are sick of hearing’
  • ‘5 things all parents of kids with ADHD want you to know’
  • The myths & half truths about ADHD
  • The incredible advantages of the ADHD brain when supported properly
  • Investigate the developmental trajectories of childhood with ADHD, including the risk and protective factors for mental health, social and academic outcomes

DYSLEXIA – Friday 31 August 2018 – Afternoon Session

SPEAKERS: Associate Member of Australian Dyslexia Association & Learning Support Officer, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist

  • Learn the biggest challenges faced by children with Dyslexia in the classroom
  • Explore the importance of early identification and intervention
  • Discuss challenges in the later years and learn strategies to cater for students who are finding reading challenging

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER – Saturday 1 September 2018 – Morning Session

SPEAKERS: Academics, psychologists, expert educators and successful young people living and thriving with autism

  • Hear from industry professionals and special needs teaching specialists to better understand Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Discuss the latest research
  • Take away practical strategies for teaching students with ASD in the mainstream classroom
  • Learn how schools can best support these students in the classroom, and set the students up for success for beyond school

Understand why creating an inclusive community must be the key

ANXIETY – Saturday 1 September 2018 – Afternoon Session

SPEAKERS: Developmental and Educational Psychologist, Paediatrician & Neuropsychologist

  • Learn the symptoms of anxiety and how it is different to fear and worry
  • How to support children experiencing anxiety
  • Discover the different types of anxiety and how they can affect children
  • Learn how trying to control anxiety can make it worse
  • A comprehensive session on improving communication between paediatricians/clinicians and educators for children with additional needs in the classroom


Bookings open 1 February 2018

Early Bird Registration – $55 for per session (normally $77)

Please note: catering not included

Group bookings are available & all prices are inclusive of GST



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