Irabina offers a wide range of workshops designed for parents, carers, family members and professionals who are currently supporting a child or young person with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These workshops offer a wide range of information pertaining to a variety of areas and equip the individual with relevant strategies that can be implemented.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Social Skills and ASD

 

Irabina Children Interaction

 

Individuals with ASD have varying language skills (i.e. some use full sentences, others use short phrases); however, all individuals present with some deficits in their social communication skills. This impacts on an Individual’s ability to participate in meaningful interactions with their family, peers and others.

This workshop will focus specifically on social communication including conversation on what it is and the difficulties it can present for children with ASD on a daily basis across a range of environments such as kinder, school, home and in the community.

The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to better understand the early development of social communication skills and the impacts that deficits in this area can have on a child’s ability to interact effectively with peers, form friendships and participate fully in social contexts. Participants will also be introduced to strategies that will support and promote the development of social communication skills in pre-school and primary school-aged children.

 

Bundoora: Tuesday 7th May – Click here to register

Bayswater: Tuesday 4th June – Click here to register

 

 

Challenging Behaviours In Daily Life

 

 

This workshop will equip parents and carers with a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and help them to understand the function & purpose of everyday behaviours.

This workshop will provide practical strategies to managing these complex behaviours in a variety of settings and will be useful for teachers and assistants to implement in the classroom.

This workshop is suitable fro parents, carers and professionals working with children on the spectrum.

Bundoora: Thursday 6th June 6.30 – 8.30PM – Click here to register

Pakenham – Thursday 18th July 6.30 – 8.30pm – Click here to register

Bayswater – Wednesday 14th August 6.30 – 8.30pm Click here to register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

 

 

Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is a branch of science concerned with the application of basic principles of behaviour and learning. ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with autism. ABA therapy applies the science of how behaviour works to real-life situations. ABA therapy programs can help:

– Increase communication skills

– Improve attention, social skills, memory and academics

– Decrease problem behaviours

– Develop positive learning behaviours

The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to better understand what ABA therapy is and provide information regarding the techniques and strategies used in ABA programs and how they can be implemented in homes, schools and the community.

The workshop is suitable for parents and carers of children with ASD and healthcare and education professionals.

Bayswater: Thursday 19th September 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

Bundoora: Tuesday 15th October 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

Pakenham: Wednesday 13th November 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

 

 

Getting Ready for School – Funding Options

 

 

The transition to school can be especially challenging for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Changes to routines, environments, activities, people and uniforms can cause unease or anxiety for individuals.

This workshop will explain the funding programs available to students with Disabilities attending Department of Education Schools, Catholic Schools and Independent Schools. You will learn about P.S.G, E.N.Q, related assessments and other unfamiliar terminology to assist you to navigate the school system and access the best possible support for your child.

This workshop has been designed for parents, carers and professionals who are currently supporting a child with an Autism diagnosis who will be transitioning to school in 2019.

If you are unable to attend this workshop, please feel free to join us in our Bayswater or Cardinia Centre.


Bayswater: Wednesday 17th July 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

Bundoora: Wednesday 24th July 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

Pakenham: Tuesday 20th August 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

 

Creative Play Ideas

 

 

Play is a lost art, but one that is so essential not only for development but also for relationships and social interactions.

Come participate in an interactive 2 hour session with Irabina OTs on how to incorporate your child’s developmental goals (fine motor, gross motor, sensory, self-care, etc.) in fun and creative ways.

This session will provide you an opportunity to receive ideas but also get a chance for you to think outside of the box to make your child’s goals fun and creative in the home environment and without breaking the bank!

Bayswater: Thursday 14th November 6.30 – 8.30 – Click here to register

 

Supermarket Tour with one of our Accredited Practising Dietitians

 

 

Supermarket shopping can be overwhelming and confusing. Join one of our Accredited Practising Dietitians for a tour of the supermarket. You will gain knowledge about general health, weight management and how to improve digestive issues, food intolerances and allergies.

The supermarket tour will help you to shop smarter, understand ingredient lists and nutrition labels, and dispel the myths about healthy eating. You will be able to make better food choices that will help you and your family achieve your diet and lifestyle goals. Tours will take between 60-75 minutes and be held in small groups with a maximum of 6 individuals. The tour costs $30.00 per person.

For any questions or to indicate your expression of interest please call 03 97201118.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promoting independence skills in daily life

 

As parents, we wish for our children to grow up happy and independent. Irabina Autism Services can help you with the tools you need to ensure that your children gain the skills to achieve this. This workshop will explore the development of independence skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

We will discuss the stages of skill development in the areas of:

– Dressing

– Toileting

– Feeding

– Daily self-care tasks

Strategies to support children to become more independent in their day-to-day will be discussed and relevant resources to help will be shared.

The workshop is suitable for parents and carers of children with ASD and healthcare and education professionals.

Pakenham: Tuesday 30th April 6.30 – 8.30pm Click here to register

 

 

 

Restricted and repetitive behaviours in children with ASD

 

 

Restricted and repetitive behaviours are a symptom of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Their presentation varies across children and are often misunderstood.

These behaviours are often used to cope with the demands of the environment.

In this workshop we will explore the nature and function of restricted and repetitive behaviours. We will also discuss when to intervene and learn strategies how to teach alternate behaviours, and build play, social and communication skills.

The workshop is suitable for parents and carers of children with ASD and healthcare and education professionals.

Bayswater: Thursday 9th May 6.30 – 8.30pm Click here to register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety And Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

 

Anxiety is common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This workshop will cover what anxiety is, some of our understanding of why it is common in children with ASD and how we can help children with ASD to manage their anxiety effectively.

This workshop is suitable for parents, carers and professionals.

Bayswater: Wednesday 22nd May 6.30 – 8.30pm – Click here to register

Pakenham: Thursday 30th May 6.30 – 8.30PM – Click here to register

Bundoora – Monday 26th August 6.30 – 8.30pm  Click here to register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready for School – Transition to School

 

 

The transition to school can be especially challenging for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Changes to routines, environments, activities, people and uniforms can cause unease or anxiety for individuals.

This workshop will explore the various ways you can support your child to transition as smoothly as possible into school including with orientation visits, social stories and practising at home. You will also learn about how to best advocate for your child by having a communication system in place, ensuring the best tools and strategies are used to help your child successfully transition to school.

This workshop has been designed for parents, carers and professionals who are currently supporting a child with an Autism diagnosis who will be transitioning to school in 2019.

Bayswater: Tuesday 23rd July 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

Bundoora: Wednesday 31st July 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register

Pakenham: Tuesday 27th August 6.30 -8.30pm – Click here to register