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Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Understanding Social and Communication Developmental Differences in Young Children with Autism and Related Disorders.

Social and communication developmental differences is the hallmark of young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). First, this course outlines core social and communication developmental milestones, and highlights which milestones develop differently in young children with ASD. Then, the course examines the advantages and disadvantages of various observation techniques and means of documenting social and communication learning needs, based on the questions and concerns of families/caretakers and educators. The ultimate goal is to obtain a comprehensive understanding of every child.

Dates:20 Nov 2024 (Wed)
Time:9.00am – 12.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Professor Kathleen Quill

Dr. Kathleen Quill, provides professional and family support to improve the quality of intervention to children and adolescents with autism. She is a licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA- D), developmental psycholinguist, adjunct professor in the graduate program for Autism and ABA at Endicott College, MA, and a bestselling author and advocate.

Dr. Quill lectures internationally on contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), innovations in assessment and program planning for social and communication development, and meaningful intervention for challenging and complex behavior. Dr. Quill is the editor of the seminal text Teaching children with autism: Strategies to enhance communication and socialization. (Delmar Publishers, 1995); and author of the bestseller DO-WATCH-LISTEN-SAY: Social and communication intervention for individuals with autism (Brookes Publishing, 2000; 2nd edition, 2017), both translated into 10 languages. Kathleen authors e-learning courses on social, language, and communication and was principal author of AutismPro (2004), the first online system that delivered assessment, curriculum and resources to home-based providers and families. Her current work focuses on Intervention for Repetitive and Restricted Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder (text in development).

Kathy is on the editorial board for Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and is a member of the Professional Panel of Advisors for the Autism Society of America (ASA), serving as co-chair of the ASA commission on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Course Outline
  • 60 minutes: Child developmental theories and milestones
    • Social developmental milestones 0-48 months
    • Communication milestones 0-48 months
    • Social developmental differences in young children with autism
    • Communication developmental differences in young children with autism
  • 25 minutes: Types of observation techniques
    • Advantages and disadvantages of family/caregiver interviews, 1:1 observation and group observation
  • 25 minutes: Types of documentation
    • Advantages and disadvantages of narrative, screening tools, curriculum-based checklists, and criterion-based assessments
  • 25 minutes: Identify a focus for observation and documentation of children's learning
    • Generate a list of family/caregiver and educator questions/concerns
  • 30 minutes: Gain an in-depth understanding of each child
    • Communicate similarities and differences in the child’s social and communication development
  • 15 minutes: Question and Answers
Course Objectives

Learner will be able to:

  • Carry out observation and documentation of children’s learning and development
  • Understand child developmental theories and milestones
  • Explore types of observation techniques and types of documentation
  • Identify a focus for observation and documentation of children's learning
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of each child
Who Can Benefit?

Preschool educators

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
19 Sep 2024 160
Normal Till Full 190