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**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901419

Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Communication in Autism - Differences & Support Strategies

Everyone with autism demonstrates differences in their communication which may result in miscommunication and misunderstandings.

This evidence-informed workshop is designed to increase the participant’s understanding of the nature of communication in autism and to provide an overview of supports which can assist in bridging the gap between neurotypical and autistic individuals to reduce miscommunication and misunderstandings.

Participants will benefit most from this day if they come prepared to share stories of their experiences in interacting with individuals with autism and to actively engage with the facilitator.

Dates:25 Nov 2024 (Mon)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Amanda Reed, BAppSc (Speech Pathology), MA (Applied Linguistics)

Amanda is a speech pathologist and behaviour support specialist based in regional New South Wales, Australia. Her passionate interest for over 40 years has been neurodiversity, particularly those individuals who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Amanda has sought to better understand those who are differently wired and to support these individuals to achieve a better quality of life.

Amanda has worked in various educational settings, both mainstream and specialist. She has also taught and supervised speech pathology undergraduate students, primarily in paediatric speech and language development and disorders. For the past 20 years, Amanda has facilitated workshops and seminars internationally on a range of topics relating to autism. She has also presented at numerous conferences, both in Australia and overseas. The main areas in which Amanda has developed expertise are:

  • Communication in Autism - Differences and Supports
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • The Impact of Communication Differences on Behaviour
  • Individualised Support
  • Determining the Function of Behaviour to Guide Support

While regularly facilitating workshops and seminars, Amanda has continued to work directly with individuals on the autism spectrum. She has supported children, teenagers and young adults with varying profiles and differences. Amanda’s knowledge sharing is informed both by evidence and by her clinical experience.

Course Outline
  1. Definition of communication
  2. Components of communication
  3. Types of communication
  4. The spectrum of communication profiles observed in individuals with autism
  5. Supporting receptive communication
  6. Supporting expressive communication
  7. Teaching new communication skills
  8. Q & A
Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define functional communication
  • Differentiate between receptive and expressive communication
  • Describe the distinction between verbal and non-verbal communication
  • List the areas of communication in which differences occur in individuals with autism
  • Identify and prioritise areas in which communication supports are needed
  • List several evidence-informed communication support systems commonly used in autism
Who Can Benefit?

Parents, teachers, support workers, occupational therapists and psychologists. Speech pathologists with limited experience in working with autistic individuals may also benefit from the information, but support systems are not covered in detail.

Course Fees & Closing Dates

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901419

  1. UTAP funding is only applicable to NTUC union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above; this will apply from 9 January 2024 to 31 March 2025) each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP. This excludes SkillsFuture Credit utilisation and other government subsidies.
  2. Union Members Eligibility for UTAP Application (https://www.ntuc.org.sg/skillsupgrade)
    1. Union member must commence the course within UTAP approved period.
    2. Union member must achieve minimum attendance (75%) for the course based on existing Government regulations and sit for all prescribed examination(s) if any.
    3. Union member must submit claims via UTAP system within 6 months after course completion.
    4. Union member must not claim full funding through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
    5. Union member must have paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout the entire course duration and at the point of claim.
  3. Should trainees have queries on the UTAP funding scheme, they can email to UTAP@e2i.com.sg or use the Live Chat function to enquire on membership matters
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
24 Sep 2024 420
Normal Till Full 480