Teaching & Supporting Students with Special Needs

National Conference

Total of 12 Professional Development Hours

Teaching & Supporting Students with Special Needs - Rethinking, Redefining & Redesigning the Strategies to Teach and Support Students with Special Needs.

Professional Development Event Information:

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DAY ONEThursday 3rd August, 2017

8.30am - Registration

9.00am - 9:10am - House-Keeping details for the Conference

9.10am – 10.20am - Keynote address by Dr Wenn Lawson - “How to Best Assist Students with Additional Needs through a Personal Insight into Autism”.

10.20 - 10.30 - De-brief of key-note address.

10.30am – 11.00am – Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.30pm – Workshops (A – E)

PD Workshop A - Greg Mitchell “Strategically Tackling the Challenges of Teaching Students with Special Needs”
PD Workshop B - Dr Wenn Lawson “How Do Students with Autism Learn? Practical Strategies to Assist Students in the Classroom”
PD Workshop C - Karen Starkiss “Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for Students with Dyslexia”
PD Workshop D - Jo Prestia “Catering to Non-Funded Students with Special Needs”
PD Workshop E - Megan Iemma “Tech 101 for Students with Individual Needs”

12.30pm – 1.15pm – Lunch

1.15pm – 2.40pm – Workshops (F – J)

PD Workshop F - Jo Prestia “The Role of the Learning Support Officer”
PD Workshop G - Shirley Houston “Strategies for Supporting Students with Low Working Memory”
PD Workshop H - Karen Starkiss “How to Make the Best Impact by Supporting the Needs of Students with Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia in the Classroom.”
PD Workshop I - Dr Wenn Lawson “Teacher’s Responsibility to Issues of Gender & Sexuality in Special Needs Children: Keeping Students with Autism & Learning Disability Safe at School”
PD Workshop J - Megan Iemma “iLearn: Improving Literacy Outcomes in your Classroom”

2.45pm – 4.15pm – Workshops (K- O)

PD Workshop K - Lucy Morrish “ Effectively Managing ILP Meetings with Parents”
PD Workshop L - Karen Starkiss “Using Games to Develop Language and Vocabulary”
PD Workshop M - Dr Richard O’Donovan “Engaging Special Needs Students through Hands On Learning”
PD Workshop N - Greg Mitchell “Resilience is Everyone’s Special Need”
PD Workshop O - Shirley Houston “Dyscalculia: Diagnosis and Intervention”


DAY TWOFriday 4th August, 2017

9.00am – 9.10am - House-Keeping details

9.10am –10.30am – PD Workshops (P - T)

PD Workshop P - Bev Sher “Supporting Students with Language Disorders in the Classroom”
PD Workshop Q - Dr Anna Bortoli “Inclusive Strategies To Teach Students With ADHD”
PD Workshop R - Gill Lyon & Sue Strizek “I am, I can……succeed” Strategies for Students with Challenging Behaviour – Successful Partnerships can Create Successful Students
PD Workshop S - Jim Sprialis “Using Technology to Assist Special Needs Students with Reading”
PD Workshop T - Leonie Hehir “Understanding Dyslexia”

10.30am – 11.00am - Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.30pm – PD Workshops (U - Y)

PD Workshop U - Bev Sher “Promoting Social Skills for Students who Struggle with Inter – Personal Relationships”
PD Workshop V - Greg Mitchell “Humour Us: The Importance of Positive Perspective in Teaching Students with Diverse Needs”
PD Workshop W - Dr Anna Bortoli “Inclusive Strategies To Teach Students With ASD”
PD Workshop X - Jim Sprialis “Working with Inclusive Technologies to Improve Students Written Language”
PD Workshop Y - Jules Haddock “Dual disability- What you see isn’t always what you get. Strategies to support the whole student “

12.40pm – 1.15pm – Lunch

1.15pm – 2.40pm – PD Workshops (Z - DD)

PD Workshop Z - Bev Sher “Phonological Awareness – What it is and what the Implications are for Teaching Reading”
PD Workshop AA
- Leonie Hehir “The Importance of Emotional Health in Learning”
PD Workshop BB
- Jim Sprialis “Showcasing Enhanced Educational Materials to Assist Students with Additional Needs”
PD Workshop CC
- Jules Haddock “Strategies to Support Students with Anxiety.”
PD Workshop DD
- Greg Mitchell “Awe-tism”

2.40pm – 3.00pm – Final Address by Greg Mitchell.

Professional Development Event Details:

Day 1 - 3rd August, 2017

Day 2 - 4th August, 2017


Day 1 - 8:30am - 4:15pm

Day 2 - 9:00am - 3:00pm



Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, Richmond

Melbourne, Victoria,  Australia   LOCATION MAP

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If arriving at Melbourne Airport click HERE for details on available transport to the Melbourne CBD

1. Showcase the attributes of Special Needs Children through the Key-Note /Workshop Presentations.
2. Understand more fully the nuances of Students with Special Needs in order to develop new units/programs that can better support and progress these students through their
schooling experience.
3. Brilliant ideas and strategies to understand, inform and support our young people.
4. Embrace through the two day immersion experiences, the new ideas/strategies that can be implemented into the classroom to better support students with Special Needs.
5. Allow the opportunity for participants to network through the Sessions/Morning Teas/ Lunches.



One Day $449 (inc GST)

Both Days (same person) $699 (inc GST)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The price of $699 for two days attendance strictly applies when the same person attends both days. Should a different person end up attending on one of the two days a total fee of $898 (ie 2 x $449) will be imposed and payable.

When booking with the intention of having two teachers attend on one day each please do not request a charge of $699 as the final cost will be $898.

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