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.

Bayswater: Tuesday 4th June – Click here to register

Bundoora: Tuesday 7th May – Click here to register

Pakenham: Tuesday 26th February – 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.

Bayswater: Tuesday 5th March 6.30 – 8.30pm Click here to register

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

Bundoora: Thursday 4th 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

Pakenham: Thursday 28th March 6.30 – 8.30pm Click here to register

Bundoora: Wednesday 6th March 6.30 – 8.30pm 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

 
 

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: Tuesday 2nd April 6.30 – 8.30PM – Click here to register

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