Parenting on the Spectrum: From Surviving to Thriving
About This Workshop
This highly practical workshop is designed for parents of children and adolescents with autism spectrum conditions.

Through an Acceptance Commitment Therapy framework, participants will learn how to promote flexibility in children and parents via:

-Recognising best times and best methods for teaching social expectations.
-Teaching of flexibility to young people to enable them to handle difficult thoughts and feelings as they emerge.
-Utilising language that promotes better listening and calmer responses.
-Understanding differences in brain function that impact a child’s responses.
-Preventing meltdowns.
-Assisting with “giving up” behaviours.
-Recognising the “why” behind a behaviour to help guide adult action with the best chance of success.
-Guiding young people towards a valued and meaningful life in the face of difficulty.

Each part is available as a PDF download, and there is also a PDF of both parts together with some suggested resources that can be downloaded from the part two video handouts!
This Workshop Has 2 Sections
  • Part One
    Flexible Communication
    Thursday, July 23, 2020 · 10:00 PM AEST
    In this module, you will learn about understanding brain differences in ASD, communicating flexibly according to context, recognising best times for learning and teaching, and using context and language to guide social skills training.
  • Part Two
    Practical Strategies to Promote Flexible Thoughts and Actions
    Friday, July 24, 2020 · 10:00 AM AEST
    In this module, you will learn about understanding how language and expectations can impact mood, thoughts and behaviour, practical strategies to assist parents and young people to commit to more flexible behaviour, and utilising values to motivate workable behaviour.
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