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**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901407

2 Half-Day Workshops

Seminar: Solving Behaviour Issues In Autism: Managing Social and Behavior Needs with Visual Strategies

Students with autism, ADHD or related learning needs are frequently identified because their behavior and/or social skills are significantly different from other students their age. Their behavior may prevent them from participating successfully in their learning and social opportunities. These difficulties span across school and family life. It’s important to understand that there is a change of thinking about ASD which recognizes their neurodiversity. That affects how behavior and social differences are addressed.

This program will dig deeper into identifying the range of autism learning and thinking differences, personal strengths, and individual passions to discover how they affect a student’s ability to participate successfully in life opportunities. Visual strategies frequently become effective tools to provide short-term learning or lifelong support for mastering behavior and social needs. We will explore how to use a range of visual supports that lead to effective long-term solutions by building on strengths and providing accommodations for areas of challenge.

Dates:13 and 14 Mar 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.

Course Outline

Day 1 (Part 1)

  • How autistic characteristics relate to communication, behavior and visual strategies
  • Neurodiversity: Identifying each student’s personal “formula”
  • Identifying causes of behavior and social challenges

Day 1 (Part 2)

  • Quick Behavior Assessment
  • The communication partner makes a difference
  • Correcting misunderstandings about autism and communication

Day 2 (Part 1)

  • Sensory dysregulation, invisible memories, compounding effect and other characteristics
  • The magic of the Quiet Spot
  • Digging deeper into relationships between ASD characteristics and behavior and social challenges
  • More samples and examples of visual tools

Day 2 (Part 2)

  • The “magic question” to solve behavior and social needs
  • The Operating Manual and the Autism Tool Box
  • Linda’s favorite visual tool that is under-used
  • Visual tools for building a life-long support system
Course Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Clarify the student’s individual autism profile of strengths and challenges.
  • Identify causes for behaviors that prevent successful participation in student learning and family environments.
  • Teach autistic students to manage social issues that affect their ability to reach their life goals.
  • Use visual supports that have significantly improved student’s ability to independently participate successfully in their life opportunities .
Who Can Benefit?

Teachers, parents, Speech Therapists and others who live with and program for students with autism spectrum disorders will benefit.

Course Fees & Closing Dates

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901407

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