Teaching & Supporting Students with Special Needs - National Conference

National Conference

“Teaching & Supporting Students with Special Needs” - 8th National Conference - RETHINKING REDEFINING REDESIGNING

Suitable for All Teachers. Education Support Staff. Anyone Interested in the Education and Welfare of Children with Special/Diverse Needs.

Teacher PD Event Information: 

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Focus of the Conference

  1. Showcase the attributes of Special Needs Children through the Key-Note /Workshop Presentations.
  2. Understand more fully the nuances of Students with Special Needs in order to develop new units/programs that can better support and progress these students through their schooling experience.
  3. Brilliant ideas and strategies to understand, inform and support our young people.
  4. Embrace through the two day immersion experiences, the new ideas/strategies that can be implemented into the classroom to better support students with Special Needs.
  5. Allow the opportunity for participants to network through the Sessions/Morning Teas/ Lunches.



DAY ONE – Thursday 30th August, 2018

8.30am onwards Registration.

9.00am – 9.10am House-Keeping details for the Conference

9.10am – 10.20am Keynote address by Andrew Fuller “Neurodevelopmental Differentiation (NDD) -Identifying Learning Strengths”

10.20am – 10.30am De-brief of keynote address.

10.30am – 11.00am Morning Tea.

11.00am – 12.30pm Workshops (A – E)

  • Workshop A Ron Thomas “Catering to the Gifted Student”
  • Workshop B Dr Carl Parsons “Dealing with Students with Intellectual Disabilities”
  • Workshop C Sally Learey “Building Positive Relationships with Special Needs Students (ASD /Anxiety) Through Understanding Their Behaviour and Needs”
  • Workshop D Rachel Colla “Hope Matters: Unlocking Potential for our Youth to Thrive”
  • Workshop E Greg Mitchell “The Parent Puzzle”

12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch

1.15pm – 2.40pm Workshops (F – J)

  • Workshop F Shirley Houston “Dyscalculia: Diagnosis and Intervention”
  • Workshop G Ron Thomas “Catering to the Gifted Student” - Deep Thinking – practical philosophy and ethics for students
  • Workshop H Dr Carl Parsons “Strategies & Techniques for Students with Autism”
  • Workshop I Sally Learey “Stress and Anxiety Management for both Practitioners and Students”
  • Workshop J Rachel Colla “Authentic Purpose: Assisting Students with the Challenges of School and Beyond”

2.45pm – 4.15pm Workshops (K- O)

  • Workshop K Greg Mitchell “How to make your Team Work”
  • Workshop L Dr Carl Parsons “Effectively Planning & Implementing I.L.P’s”
  • Workshop M Charlinda Parsons “Teaching Strategies for Students with Sensory Processing Diffi culties”
  • Workshop N Jules Haddock “Strategies to Support Students with Anxiety”
  • Workshop O Shirley Houston “Strategies for Supporting Students with Low Working Memory”


Day TWO – Friday 31st August, 2018

9.00am – 10.00am Keynote address by Greg Mitchell “The Elemental Truths of Teaching Special Needs”

10.15am – 10.45am Morning Tea

10.50am – 12.00pm Workshops (P - T)

  • Workshop P Emma McCarthy “Universal Design – Practical Strategies to Assist Students with Diverse Needs”
  • Workshop Q Greg Mitchell “Autism in Mainstream Classrooms”
  • Workshop R Jo Prestia “Practical Strategies to Support Students with Special Needs”
  • Workshop S Karen Starki ss “Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for Students with Dyslexia and otherLearning Diffi culties”
  • Workshop T Jim Sprialis “Using Assistive Technologies to Support Students with Reading Diffi culties”

12.00pm – 12.45pm Lunch

12.50pm – 2.00pm Workshops (U - Y)

  • Workshop U Emma McCarthy “Functional Behaviour Support”
  • Workshop V Kate Johnson “Embracing Pre-Teen Students on the Autism Spectrum”
  • Workshop W Jo Prestia “Teachers and LSOs Working Hand in Hand”
  • Workshop X Karen Starkiss “The Big Five Essential Skills for Reading for all Students particularly those with Learning Diffi culties”
  • Workshop Y Jim Sprialis “Using Assistive Technologies to Support Students with Written Language Difficulties”

2.05pm – 3.15pm Workshops (Z - DD)

  • Workshop Z Kate Johnson “Building Collaborative Communication Practices with Parents”
  • Workshop AA Emma McCarthy “Preparing for Learning by Learning to Play”
  • Workshop BB Greg Mitchell “Can you teach in Special Needs and remain human?”
  • Workshop CC Karen Starkiss “Using games to Develop Language & Vocabulary”
  • Workshop DD Jim Sprialis “Showcasing Enhanced Educational Materials to Assist Students with Additional Needs”

3.15pm – 3.45pm Closing Address - Greg Mitchell


Event Details:


Thursday 30th August & Friday 31st August, 2018

  8.30am - 4.15pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Melbourne Cricket Ground,

Brunton Avenue, Richmond

Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

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  Target Audience - All Teachers. Education Support Staff. Anyone Interested in the Education and Welfare of Children with Special/Diverse Needs.
  One Day: $AU449 GST Incl.
Two Days: $AU 699 GST Incl. (No split bookings)

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