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bridging the knowledge gap when educating special needs children

A 2 day Special Needs Symposium designed to bridge the knowledge gap, dispel myths, promote research, and explore the development of special needs in education settings.

This Special Needs Symposium will bring educators together with the common goal of facilitating appropriate classroom strategies for educators, students with special needs and families of children with special needs.

 

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased for an individual stream (half day), one or two days.
Each stream includes morning or afternoon tea.  Full day session also includes lunch.
Prices inc GST. 

EARLY BIRD (ends 31 March 2019)
One Stream – $99
Full Day (2 Streams) – $220
Two Days (All Streams) – $440

STANDARD
One Stream – $115
Full Day (2 Streams) – $260
Two Days (All Streams) – $520


Program - Friday 31 May 2019


STREAM 1: ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)


Session 1:

9.00am – 9.45am

Speaker: Ruth Devine, Journalist & mother of 3 sons with ADHD

 Ruth Devine

Ruth Devine

 

What it means to be the parent or carer of a child with ADHD


Ruth Devine presents a candid and uniquely personal session on just what it means to be the parent or carer of a child with ADHD – and how her experience over the last 19 years, as a mum to three sons with the disorder, can help educators achieve the very best for their students in a classroom setting. 


Session 2:

9.50am – 10.35am

Speaker: Dr Emma Sciberas, School of Psychology, Deakin University; Community Health Services Research, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

 Dr Emma Sciberras

Dr Emma Sciberras

 

Educational Outcomes for Children with ADHD: Can we make a difference?


Dr Emma Sciberras was awarded a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Child Specialisation) through the University of Melbourne in 2010. Her research examines outcomes for children with ADHD including the factors that can help children with ADHD to have better outcomes. Emma’s work also focuses on the development and testing of interventions to improve outcomes for children with ADHD.

This presentation will provide delegates with practical strategies for managing ADHD in the classroom and provide an overview of the educational outcomes for children with ADHD; information about evidence-based programs that have been shown to make a difference to educational outcomes for children with ADHD; and practical strategies that can be used to assist youth with ADHD in the classroom.


session 3:

11.00am – 11.45am

Speakers: Cressida Crossley & Jamie Coombs, Special Needs Teaching Specialists, NESTS

 Cressida Crossley

Cressida Crossley

 Jamie Coombs

Jamie Coombs

SCHOOL SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS WITH ADHD


As special needs specialist educators, hear how schools can best support students with ADHD in the classroom, with the school community and set students up for success beyond school. Areas covered in this practical session will include: understanding ADHD; practical school based supports for the ADHD learner; how to implement effective social supports for the ADHD student; and why creating an inclusive community must be the key goal of all educators 


12.00 - 1.00pm

Lunch inside The Expo


STREAM 2: DYSLEXIA


SESSION 1:

1.00pm – 1.45pm

Speaker: Dr. Daryl Greaves, Educational and Developmental Psychologist SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties Association of Victoria)

 Dr. Daryl Greaves

Dr. Daryl Greaves

 

What teachers and parents need to know about Dyslexia


In this session, participants learn most up-to-date information about Dyslexia.  This deep understanding then frames how the strategies presented can be useful. The practical strategies to be presented include; getting technology to read text aloud; using technology to write; keeping track when reading; decoding in reading and how to make reasonable adjustments.  Furthermore, 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.


Sessions 2&3:

1.50pm – 3.45pm

with afternoon tea break from 2.35pM – 3.00pm

Speakers:

Sarah Asome, Learning and Curriculum Support Leader, Bentleigh West Primary School & Associate Member of Australian Dyslexia Association.

Felicity Harpley, Personal Best Performance, specialised tutoring for children with learning challenges

 Sarah Asome

Sarah Asome

 Felicity Harpley

Felicity Harpley

Step into their shoes - early and evidence based intervention for Dyslexia


Sarah and Felicity will focus heavily on Early and Evidence Based Intervention. They 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 and Felicity will explore how reasonable accommodations and assistive technology is the key for students who struggle with literacy, especially in the older years. Comorbidities will be discussed including dyscalculia and what to look for.

As English is a Morphophonemic language they will discuss the importance of Explicit Direct Instruction in the ‘Big 6’ of reading.

An interactive session will follow to explore strategies and interventions that can be used in the classroom tomorrow.


Program - saturday 1 june 2019


Keynote

9.00am – 11.45am

Speakers: Dr Jo Martin, Paediatrician – Complete Children’s Health

Dr Julia Shekleton, Neuropsychologist, The Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Group

 Dr. Jo Martin

Dr. Jo Martin

 Dr. Julia Shekleton

Dr. Julia Shekleton

“Square pegs in round holes” - why children with special needs face significant challenges in mainstream classrooms and what can be done to improve their outcome.


This 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 Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Learning Disability. The diagnostic process will be explained, including the vital role that teachers and educators have in assisting clinicians in this process. Practical recommendations for improving outcome in each condition will be discussed for the classroom, and suggestions for implementation given the current limitation of resources that schools are facing. In addition, time will be allocated to discuss aspirations for a better system to accommodate children with special needs in mainstream schools in the future. An important session for educators interested in bridging the gap between Health and Education and collaborating to improve outcomes in this vulnerable group.


STREAM 3: anxiety


Session 1:

1.00pm - 1.45pm

Speaker: Sally Rigley, Psychologist, The ASD Clinic

 Sally Rigley

Sally Rigley

 

How anxiety can affect language ability and sensory processing


Hear 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 special needs and misunderstood by their teachers.


Session 2:

1.50pm - 2.35pm

Speakers: Cressida Crossley & Jamie Coombs, Special Needs Teaching Specialists, NESTS

 Cressida Crossley

Cressida Crossley

 Jamie Coombs

Jamie Coombs

School success for students with anxiety


As special needs specialist educators, hear how schools can best support students with Anxiety in the classroom, with the school community and set students up for success beyond school. Areas covered will include; understanding and addressing anxiety, establishing effective social supports within your educational setting; and why creating an inclusive community must be the key goal of all educators


STREAM 4: autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Session 1:

3.00pm - 3.45pm

Speakers: Ms Charmaine Bernie, Occupational Therapist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Dr Alexandra Ure, Senior Clinical Psychologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Ms Veronica Rose, Speech Pathologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

 Charmaine Bernie

Charmaine Bernie

 Dr Alexandra Ure

Dr Alexandra Ure

 Veronica Rose

Veronica Rose

 

A multi-disciplinary approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder


Children 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. 


Session 2:

3.50PM - 4.35pm

Speaker: Ms Caitlin Nathanson, Social Worker, Lecturer, The University of Queensland

 Caitlin Nathanson

Caitlin Nathanson

 

School Success for students with ASD


In this session attendees will be provided with an overview of the specific learning needs of students with ASD and a range of practical strategies to facilitate the participation of students with ASD in school settings.