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9.30am - 3.00pm - Log on between 9.15am and 9.30am Victorian Time

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Primary and Secondary Classroom Teachers, Teacher Assistants, support workers and diverse learning coordinators

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Unlocking Autism: The Keys to Deep Defensive Mood

People with Autism do not suffer from Autism they suffer from people who do not understand autism!

This interesting and highly practical workshop is designed for teachers and teacher assistants who work with autistic students and who would like to help with unlocking the puzzling aspects of motivating students who do not respond in a “normal way”.

This workshop focuses on ten aspects of Autism and practical ways to deal with these characteristics and help Autistic Students thrive.

  1. What Autism is and is not.
  2. How not to teach social skills
  3. How understanding deep defense mode changes a teachers perspective. Are they defiant or overwhelmed?
  4. What it feels like to be scared, dysregulated and shut down.
  5. How to help a student get out of defense mode using a different approach
  6. Defrosting the freeze loop: why are they stuck and shutdown?
  7. How to motivate Autistic students without manipulation
  8. Why rewards & punishment don’t work for people with Autism
  9. The trust building process: 4 steps to building trust
  10.  Exploring the science of expectation
Presented by Critical Agendas

Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell is an established and highly sought after consultant who works with teachers, parents and administrators where it counts… in schools and in classrooms. He regularly teaches in classrooms in primary and secondary schools all over Australia demonstrating the changes that really work. Greg is an exceptional presenter with the ability to connect with educators, to challenge them and provide many practical strategies that work! Great knowledge, practical, dynamic and very entertaining!

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