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Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Teaching Social Skills for those with Severe Autism

The central characteristic of autism is a deficit in social communication and interaction. This can vary from a child who avoids social engagement to wanting to socially engage but having difficulty reading non-verbal communication and social cues. We are developing strategies to improve and encourage social communication for all levels of autism, but this presentation will focus of strategies for children with severe autism, ASD Levels 2 and 3.

Dates: 21 Jun 2022 (Tue)
Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue: Live Online Training
Speaker: Professor Tony Attwood

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1. He has written several other books on emotion management, relationships and sexuality, and general advice for autistic children and adults.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with many expressions of autism.

Course Objectives

To explore:

  1. Social abilities and challenges from the perspective of children and adolescents with severe autism.
  2. How current theories of social cognition may be applicable to autistic children.
  3. Assessment tools for social cognition.
  4. Strategies to facilitate social engagement with peers, family, teacher and therapists.
  5. Barriers to achieving social engagement.
  6. Prognosis for social development.
Who Can Benefit?

Parents, family members, carers, health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Level 2 & 3 as part of their practice, including psychologists, teachers, teacher’s assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax
30 Apr 2022 230
Normal Till Full 260