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**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901413

2 Half-Day Workshops

Seminar: Achieving Autism Success with Visual Strategies: Overcome Daily Challenges with Simple Tools

Using visual strategies is more than just having a schedule. There are numerous visual tools that help students with autism and many other students with special learning needs successfully manage daily situations that are difficult for them.

You are a communication partner and when you make your classroom environment more “communication friendly”, students will learn more quickly, demonstrate fewer behavior difficulties and exhibit greater overall success. The student's struggle with communication is far more complicated than just evaluating their ability to talk.

Their most misunderstood challenges include their ability to establish attention, understand communication of others, organize their thinking and process information at the speed necessary for many tasks. This affects their ability to manage issues like dealing with change, participating in transitions, dealing with sensory sensitivities or managing social opportunities and many more situations.

Current research reveals most of these students display strength in understanding visual information compared to their ability to respond to verbal language. Visual supports help them attend, process information better and many other skills to help avoid problem situations.

This program will explore a variety of visual communication essentials. We’ll go beyond the basics to discover how to create simple but unique visual tools to manage more complex needs.

Visual tools are simple to use. They are not “magic.” They won’t fix every problem. Yet their impact for students of all ages and skill levels can be profound.

Dates:29 and 30 May 2024 (Wed and Thu)
Time:8.30am - 12.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech Pathologist and Autism Consultant who has been supporting students on the Autism Spectrum, their educators and families for more than 40 years.

She is known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies for students with autism and those with related special learning needs.

Linda has traveled over a million miles around the world sharing her communication strategies with those who manage autism learning needs. Her popular newsletters, award-winning books and training programs have reached many hundreds of thousands of educators and parents around the world.

Linda’s book Visual Strategies for Improving Communication helps you know what visual strategies are and how to use them. Her book Solving Behavior Problems in Autism offers practical solutions for common autism challenges using visual supports.

Linda shares easy-to-use but very effective strategies to help students on the autism spectrum to participate in a positive way both at school and home. Her visual strategies work for all ages.

Linda has a passion for working with parents and educators to take the mystery out of autism and help them discover exactly what students need to gain success in their life opportunities.Here's what others say

Testimonies from thousands of educators and parents around the world report successes with visual strategies that transform lives.

Here are examples of her testimonies:

“I want to thank you Linda for understanding our kids. I felt so helpless and finally hopeless with my son’s needs. I felt like I was the only one on the planet at that time who knew anything about my son. I found your books. I bought your books. I watched your video conference on visual strategies. I was so happy to finally find validation.” ~ Cheryl Peterson

“I love your Visual Strategies Workshop DVD Program. We have a library to lend teachers, paraprofessionals and parents educational resources. Your series is the most popular item on our list. The way you blend the “real educational” stuff with your experiences make it so much easier to see the way it is with real people. I guess I mean you humanize the literature! We recently included your videos in our paraprofessional training. They loved you!

Thank you for doing such a great job in educating us. You help to validate what I already know and remind me of other things I have forgotten and need to reintroduce into my therapy.” ~ Linda Watt, M.A., CCC-SLP

“The information you presented made a fundamental change in my understanding of the reasons to use visuals and how to implement these strategies. I always thought they were more complicated than they are.” ~ Linda Mohrmann

Course Outline

Day 1 (Part 1)

  • Communication is more than just talking
  • Explore learning style, strengths and challenges of those with ASD and related learning needs
  • In one ear and out the other
  • Important concepts: Neurodiversity and skill levels

Day 1 (Part 2)

  • Classroom essentials and why they are essential
  • Tools to give information
  • Routines make a difference
  • Examples of visual strategies and how to use them

Day 2 (Part 3)

  • Causes of behavior problems related to communication
  • Sensory needs and how they relate to communication and visual strategies
  • Examples of visual strategies to manage behavior situations

Day 2 (Part 4)

  • Examples of visual supports for special events
  • How to develop visual tools to support communication, behavior and social skills
  • Technology for lifelong personal success
  • Expanding the number of communication partners in the student’s life who embrace and accommodate their communication needs
Course Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Clarify student communication style and how that affects following directions, managing interactions, behavior and successful participation
  • Recognize situations where visual strategies provide support so students can understand, learn new skills and get their needs met
  • Discover new visual supports that have significantly improved student behavior, manage difficult situations and improve student ability to independently participate successfully in school and life opportunities.
Who Can Benefit?

Linda Hodgon’s visual strategies programs share strategies that work well for many students with communication challenges related to ASD, ADHD and other special learning needs.

Speech Therapists, Sped and mainstream teachers, therapists, support staff, parents and anyone who programs for these students or interacts with them will benefit from knowledge of how to use visual strategies to improve communication interaction.

Course Fees & Closing Dates

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901413

  1. UTAP funding is only applicable to NTUC union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above; this will apply from 9 January 2024 to 31 March 2025) each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP. This excludes SkillsFuture Credit utilisation and other government subsidies.
  2. Union Members Eligibility for UTAP Application (https://www.ntuc.org.sg/skillsupgrade)
    1. Union member must commence the course within UTAP approved period.
    2. Union member must achieve minimum attendance (75%) for the course based on existing Government regulations and sit for all prescribed examination(s) if any.
    3. Union member must submit claims via UTAP system within 6 months after course completion.
    4. Union member must not claim full funding through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
    5. Union member must have paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout the entire course duration and at the point of claim.
  3. Should trainees have queries on the UTAP funding scheme, they can email to UTAP@e2i.com.sg or use the Live Chat function to enquire on membership matters
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
20 Apr 2024 300
Normal Till Full 350