Effectively Teaching Autistic Children in Mainstream Classrooms

Presented by: Greg Mitchell 

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1.5, 1.6 and 4.1 will be a main focus during this workshop.

The number of children with Autism in mainstream classes is increasing. “A new study indicates that the number of autism cases in Australia is increasing among younger children. Researchers have found that 1.5 per cent of all 10 and 11 year olds have an autism spectrum condition, compared to 2.5 per cent of four and five year olds. What’s not clear is whether the condition is becoming more prevalent, or if it’s simply being diagnosed more effectively._Whatever the cause, experts say Australian schools need to prepare for an increase of autistic students.” ABC Radio PM discussing research of over 10000 children by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Having an Autistic student in your class can be a baffling, challenging and an often frustrating occurrence but it can be a totally different and rewarding experience with a little bit of knowledge and a range of quite simple strategies. This workshop investigates the major dynamics of having an Autistic child in a mainstream classroom and provides a simple proven framework to help teachers successfully teach all students in their class.

The workshop includes :

  • The rise of Autism in Australian mainstream classrooms.
  • Understanding Autism, the patterns and commonalities and the exceptions.
  • How to differentiate instruction to meet specific learning needs of autistic students.
  • How to create schedules, routines and warning systems to help Autistic students cope with changes in the classroom.
  • How to develop flexible learning time frames for all which enable Autistic students processing time but to not disrupt full class participation.
  • How to organise your classroom environment to accommodate the physical needs of Autistic students.
  • How to engage parents and carers in the education process to support a common approach to student learning.
  • How to develop whole schools strategies that help students and teachers when transitioning students around the school and from class to class.
  • How to develop strategies for helping Autistic children cope in the playground.
  • A downloadable (Bring a USB stick) set of resources that explain the condition and provide notes, connections and advice.

Event Details:


Thursday 23rd May, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Double Tree by Hilton
270 Flinders St, Melbourne 

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Target Audience: Primary and Secondary Teachers and Teacher Aides and anyone else working with autistic children. Teachers from Special Education schools also welcome.

  $279.00 + GST

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About the Presenter

Greg Mitchell is an independent education consultant who works throughout Australia, helping teachers, students, principals and parents understand the changing nature of education and teaching. He presents workshops and keynote addresses to conferences on Autism and has two autistic grandsons who have educated him thoroughly in the ways of ASD.

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