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Better communication to positively support people with a disability who have behaviours of concern - 20 April 2017

In this workshop you will learn the importance of recognising and understanding an individual’s communication skills when completing a Functional Behaviour Assessment, and developing a Positive Behaviour Support Plan.

This workshop will provide

·     Information about positive behaviour support and quality of life.
·     Information and examples of communication aids for positive behaviour support.
·     Opportunity to discuss challenges faced when supporting people with behaviours of concern.
·     Experience in analysing behaviours of concern through case studies.

Where: Box Hill, VIC

Cost: $330.00

For more information or to register go to: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/education-training/

This workshop will also be run on 21 September 2017.

10 Steps to a Productive Trial of Electronic Assistive Technology - 27 April 2017

Discover how effect of suitable a device or system is for you with 10 handy steps including...

  • How to arrange a trial?
  • How to know if a trial is successful?
  • How to conduct a trial?
  • What are your outcomes?
Length of webinar:  30 minutes + 15 Q&A. Choose between two session. Replay available for a limited time.

When: 10:15am (Australian Eastern Time)

Cost:  Free registration

To register go to: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/38135/7c2ed74612

Sensory-Focused Stories - 5 May 2017

Sensory-focused stories are ideal for people who have difficulty reading and understanding spoken language. The sensory elements of the story are individualised to match the person’s sensory preferences. Good design ensures the story is accessible and meaningful to the person. The story becomes the focus of a shared experience. 

This workshop will provide: 

Information, strategies and resources for 

  • designing sensory-focused books 
  • designing sensory-focused drama /storytelling 
  • designing sensory-focused life experiences. 
The practical component of this workshop provides you with the opportunity to develop a resource for someone with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD) that you support.

Time:  9.30am-4.00pm

Venue:  Scope 830 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill, Vic, 3128

Cost: $330.00 per participant

For more information or to register go to: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/education-training/

This workshop will also be run on 28 August 2017

Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre Open Day - 18 May 2017

Time:  9.30am-11.30am

Venue:  Scope 830 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill, Vic, 3128

Cost: Free

For more information or to register go to: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/education-training/

This is also being run on 28 July, 14 September and 13 November 2017

Turning vision into reality: smoothing the transition from school to post school life - 24th May 2017

An interactive workshop addressing:

  • Keys to achieving a happy life
  • Strategies for effectively planning for a happy, productive future
Where: South Melbourne Town Hall Community Centre, 208-220 Bank St, South Melbourne

Time:  9:00am to 3:00pm

Booking Contact:  Dolly Bhargava

For more information or to book contact Dolly at Qualitycommunication1@gmail.com

Working in Partnership with Families who are Vulnerable (ECIA VIC) - 25 May 2017

Improving outcomes for children and their families is a fundamental objective for all early childhood services and organisations. As providers we can improve outcomes for our most vulnerable families. Families may be perceived as being vulnerable for a variety of reasons such as economic difficulties/lack of financial resources; social exclusion lack of social support from social networks; stigmatisation; health difficulties and being a victim of crime. Ensuring that they and their families get the help they need, when they need it, will give all children and their families the opportunity to flourish. This workshop will discuss practical strategies for working together with families to bring about positive changes.

·       Importance of foundation years

·       Parents and families at the heart of services

·       Understanding needs of vulnerable families

·       Strategies for engaging parents and families

Where: The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052

Cost:   ECIA Vic/Tas Members: $300       Non-members: $450

Booking contact:   Click below to book through ECIA VIC

https://www.eciavic.org.au/events/event/1-day-workshop-working-in-partnership-with-families-who-are-vulnerable-melbourne

Inclusive Practises in Early Childhood Settings (ECIA VIC) - 26 May 2017

For children with disabilities, an inclusive early childhood program provides belonging, acceptance and developmentally appropriate practices. This workshop will provide participants on the needs of children with disabilities and practical strategies to ensure that the child with disability has access to and participates in all activities.

·       Introduction to l disabilities

·       Types of disabilities (e.g. ASD, ADHD, ID, dyslexia and auditory processing disorder)

·       Needs of children with disabilities

·       Strategies for enabling engagement of children with disabilities

Where: The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052

Cost:   ECIA Vic/Tas Members: $300       Non-members: $450

Booking contact:   Click below to book through ECIA VIC

https://www.eciavic.org.au/events/event/1-day-workshop-inclusive-practises-in-early-childhood-settings-melbourne

Supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder - 29th May 2017

An interactive workshop addressing:

  • Social, emotional, motor, cognitive, sensory, communication needs of individuals with Autism
  • Strategies to address the needs; and
  • Develop their skills at school, home and in the community
Where: South Melbourne Town Hall Community Centre, 208-220 Bank St, South Melbourne

Time:  9:00am to 3:00pm

Booking Contact:  Dolly Bhargava

For more information or to book contact Dolly at Qualitycommunication1@gmail.com

Developing Emotional Regulation Skills - 30 May 2017

FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH ANXIOUS, OPPOSITIONAL AND AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOURS

An interactive workshop addressing:

  • Development of emotions
  • Understanding anxious, oppositional and aggressive behaviour
  • Effectively responding to anxious, oppositional and aggressive behaviour
  • Developing emotional regulation skills at school, home and community

Where: South Melbourne Town Hall Community Centre, 208-220 Bank St, South Melbourne

Time:  9:00am to 3:00pm

Booking Contact:  Dolly Bhargava

For more information or to book contact Dolly at Qualitycommunication1@gmail.com

Assessing, Preventing and Managing Challenging Behaviour - 31st May 2017

An interactive workshop addressing:

  • Causes of challenging behaviours
  • Internalised and externalised challenging behaviours
  • Utilising the positive behaviour support framework to identify proactive, active and reactive strategies for school, home and community

Where: South Melbourne Town Hall Community Centre, 208-220 Bank St, South Melbourne

Time:  9:00am to 3:00pm

Booking Contact:  Dolly Bhargava

For more information or to book contact Dolly at Qualitycommunication1@gmail.com

Teaching students affected by trauma - 1st June 2017

An interactive workshop addressing:

  • Types of trauma
  • Impact of trauma on development and learning
  • Strategies to promote a sense of safety, build trust and address learning needs of children impacted by trauma

Where: South Melbourne Town Hall Community Centre, 208-220 Bank St, South Melbourne

Time:  9:00am to 3:00pm

Booking Contact:  Dolly Bhargava

For more information or to book contact Dolly at Qualitycommunication1@gmail.com

Easy English: An Introduction (1 Day) - 14 June 2017

This workshop will provide you with an introduction to the basic skills in writing documents in Easy English for people with non-functional literacy. Techniques to make your written language accessible will be explored. You will have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practise, with the expert assistance of the trainer. Other aspects of developing your document into Easy English will be introduced.

Audience This workshop is relevant for people who write information for their staff or customers, such as brochures, flyers, newsletters, letters, surveys, policy documents, handbooks, manuals, plans, posters and content for the web. It also provides an overview for managers to gain an understanding of the skills and resources required to implement an Easy English strategy in a workplace.

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Cost:  $330.00 per participant

For more information or to register go to: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/education-training/

This workshop will also be run on 17 October 2017

Armchair Travel - 19 June 2017

You can visit anywhere in the world without actually going there! The traveller experiences far away places from the comfort of their home or day service in ways that are meaningful to them. Armchair travel is a wonderful medium for providing controlled sensory experiences and provides the traveller with lots of opportunities to express preferences, experience cause and effect, take turns, learn, practice and master new skills and have fun! 

This workshop will provide Information, strategies and resources to enable the “tour guide” to individualise armchair travel experiences for “tourists” with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD).

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Venue:  Scope 830 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill, Vic, 3128

Cost: $330.00 per participant

For more information or to register go to: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/education-training/

This is also being run on 18 November 2017

Camp Have a Chat - Townsville 27th to 29th June 2017

Presents...  Film Stars, Rock Stars & All Starts!                                       DAY CAMP ONLY

CPL's Camp Have a Chat develops communication skills while taking part in fun activities like visual arts, drama, music and more!
Who's it for?  School age children (6-18 years old) who use communication systems. This includes speech generating devices, tablets with communication apps and communication books.
Please note: Each camper must attend with one parent or carer. 

Where: Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Club 80 The Strand, Townsville

Time:  9:30am to 3:00pm daily

Cost:  $0 per camper and support person                                         RSVP:  28 April 2017

Access AAC Switching - 5 July 2017

This full day workshop is presented by a Speech Pathologist and has a deliberate focus on supporting people with little or no speech and complex access issues to communicate through an alternative access strategy known as switching.

Learning Objectives At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: • Demonstrate an understanding of access methodologies (e.g. direct, switch, eye gaze) • Understand the four competencies required for communication independence • Identify the stages involved in switch progression • Design custom teaching tools and individualised activities and programs that match and challenge an individual’s switching skill level

Intermediate computer skills are required. To get the most out of the workshop, participants are required to bring a Windows laptop with certain programs installed. Visit attached link to get free trials of some programs.

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Venue: Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne VIC 3000 

Cost: $330.00 per participant

For more information or to register go to: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/education-training/

Social Participation for People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities - 24 July 2017

This workshop will provide information about  

  • the role of the senses and the impact of sensory processing disorders on performance and behaviour 
  • sensory-focussed assessments 
  • resources 
It will also provide participants with strategies for 
  • enhancing sensory performance 
  • building sensory specific strategies into a person’s daily activities including communication supports 
  • ways to ensure all support requirements are included when implementing support plan recommendations. 
Note The theory and support practices presented in this workshop can be used when supporting anyone with difficulty engaging in everyday activities.

Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm 

Venue: Scope 830 Whitehorse Rd Box Hill, Vic, 3128 

Cost: $330.00 per participant

For more information and to register go to: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/education-training/

PODD Introductory Workshop - 27th & 28th July 2017

This two-day Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory Workshop introduces participants to PODD communication systems. 

Participants will be able to:

- Describe the challenges faced by professionals creating communication systems in terms of vocabulary organisation, layout, design, range of access startegies and customising for individual requirements

- Discuss the features of a PODD communication system in terms of vocabulary organisation, layout, design, range of access strategies and customising for individual requirements

- Use PODD generic template resources to produce customised communication books

- Discuss the teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members

- Teach children and partners to use PODD communication books in daily environments.

Presenters:  Haylee Parfett and Yvette Theodorsen

Where:   Independent Living Centre Conference Room, The Niche Suite A11 Aberdare Rd, Nedlands, WA 6009

Time: 9:00am 27th July 2017 to 4:30pm 28 July 2017    (Please note registrations open at 8:30am)

Cost:  PODD Early Bird (ends 28 April) $500.00            PODD Standard Ticket (end 24 July) $550.00

To register over the phone please contact ILC's Training Officer on 08 9381 0600.

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided.

For more information contact go to https://tinyurl.com/zjt52rb

Visual Support and Social Stories for Autism Spectrum Disorder - 8 August 2017

Where: Melbourne 

Cost: $330.00 per participant

For more information contact (03) 9843 2000 or email circ@scopevic.org.au

PODD Advanced Course - 25th to 29th September 2017

This intensive advanced PODD workshop is for people who have completed a two day PODD Introductory workshop and are now seeking to further develop their knowledge and skill.  

Participants will be able to:

- Explain the features of a range of PODD communication systems in terms of vocabulary organisation, layout, design, range of access strategies, and customising for individual requirements

- Describe the reasons for the similarities and differences between PODD page sets designed for communication books and speech generating devices

- Develop fluency using PODD to model language during natural interactions

- Communicate using PODD communication books with a range of different access methodologies

- Use a dynamic assessment process to identify individual communication requirements and teaching-learning strategies

- Describe different learning challenges for children who have severe physical, communication, and multiple needs (including CVI) and identify specific strategies to address these needs

- Discuss the application of PODD for individuals with ASD

- Discuss the teaching and learning strategies for implementing PODD communication systems with students and team members

- Teach communication partners to provide receptive input using PODD communication books

- Teach children and partners to use PODD communication books in daily environments

- Identify strategies to combat the challenges faced by professionals creating an aided language learning environment for children with a wide range of complex communication needs

- Answer frequently asked questions

- Develop IEP goals and tools to measure the development of autonomous communication

- Discuss strategies for developing communication accessible schools and communities

Presenters:  Gayle Porter

Where:   Conference Room 3, School of Special Education Needs33 Giles Avenue, Padbury, WA 6025

Time: 8:30am 25th September 2017 to 4:30pm 29th September 2017    (Please note registrations open at 8:30am)

Cost:  $1,300.00

To register over the phone please contact ILC's Training & Events Officer on 9381 0600.

Parking Information: Free visitor parking is in car park 4 (off McGregor Street)

For more information contact go to https://tinyurl.com/zl8uys5


Camp Have a Chat-Brisbane 25th to 28 September 2017

Presents...  Film Stars, Rock Stars & All Starts!                                   OVERNIGHT CAMP

CPL's Camp Have a Chat develops communication skills while taking part in fun activities like visual arts, drama, music and more!
Who's it for?  School age children (6-18 years old) who use communication systems. This includes speech generating devices, tablets with communication apps and communication books.
Please note: Each camper must attend with one parent or carer. 

Where: The Outlook 4001 Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah

Time: 2:30pm Monday to 2:00pm Thursday

Cost:   $210 per camper and support person 
$50 extra support person                                        RSVP:  Friday, 16 June 2017


For more information go to www.cpl.org.au/camp or call 3637 3650

iPads for Communication - 14 November 2017

Where: Melbourne 

Cost: $330.00 per participant

For more information contact (03) 9843 2000 or email circ@scopevic.org.au

isaac 2018 Conference

Date: 21- 26th July 2018

Who: isaac, Gold Coast

Cost: t.b.a.

AACcess All Areas

For more information visit the website.


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