Friday 30 - Saturday 31 August
Tickets can be purchased for an individual stream (half day), one or two days. Each stream includes morning or afternoon tea. Full day session also includes lunch. Group bookings are available and all prices are inclusive of GST.
EARLY BIRD (ends 30 June 2019)
One Stream – $99
Full Day (2 Streams) – $220
Two Days (All Streams) – $440
One Stream – $115
Full Day (2 Streams) – $260
Two Days (All Streams) – $520
Stream 1: anxiety
Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems of childhood and adolescence. Left untreated, anxiety disorders can impair students' ability to work or study and may affect their personal relationships. Hear from expert psychologists and specialist educators to receive some practical recommendations for schools and classrooms to better support these vulnerable children.
9.00am - 10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Rowena Conroy, Clinical Psychologist, CPMG Melbourne & Rowena Conroy Psychology
Anxiety in Youth: Identification and Management in School Settings
This presentation aims to help attendees to develop their understanding of:
What contributes to the development of childhood anxiety
How anxiety typically ‘looks’ at different ages, and in particular how it may present in the school context
How anxiety impacts on children’s daily functioning
Effective clinical interventions for anxiety in children and teens, and how school staff can contribute to implementing these interventions
Unique considerations for supporting children at school who have developmental disabilities
(e.g., Autism, Intellectual Disability) and experience anxiety.
Practical examples will be used throughout to illustrate key points.
10:05am - 11:05am
Speaker: Tim Connell, Special Education Consultant
The most common anxiety disorders affecting school students, their impact and best practice adjustments
Gain a more comprehensive understanding of specific anxiety disorders and how these can impact learning and engagement for school aged students.
11:30am - 12:30pm
Speaker: Ebony Birch-Hanger, Teacher, Neuro-developmental Therapist, Special Educational Teacher, Teacher of the Deaf, Education Consultant & Music Specialist
The link between neurology, anxiety and communication
Ebony will explain the underpinnings of anxiety from a neurological perspective – looking at the impact of neurological functioning on anxiety and vice versa. As a therapist, special educator and individual diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder and ASD, Ebony will share both her professional and personal experience.
Gain insight into the many triggers for anxiety in a school environment
Understand why students’ ability to manage anxiety can change from day to day
Learn how anxiety can present itself in different forms
Understand the link between communication challenges and anxiety
Learn strategies to minimise anxiety in the classroom
Stream 2: Mental Health & Childhood Trauma
Mental health is now the number one national concern for young people in Australia, according to Mission Australia’s annual Youth Survey. Mental health and trauma in children can manifest in different ways in a classroom setting. Hear from health experts, academics and trauma experts about why schools need to have a wellbeing strategy that incorporates mental health, resilience, empathy and emotional intelligence. Experts will also explore the consequences of trauma in children and how trauma can result in a disconnection from school. They will also provide practical strategies for educators to work with children affected by trauma in the classroom.
1.30PM - 2.30PM
Speaker: Sylvia Azzopardi & Sian Kennedy, Practice Development Consultants, Clinical Practice Development Team - Take Two / Berry Street
Regulate, Relate, Reason: A developmental approach to supporting traumatised students
The impacts of trauma, abuse and neglect on children and young people’s behaviour and developmental functioning are diverse and complex. This session will focus on classroom and relational approaches informed by neuroscience, that will support students’ capacity to feel physically and emotionally safe at school and enhance their opportunities for active learning.
2.35PM - 3.15PM
Speaker: Tim Connell, Special Education Consultant
School based planning and support for students with mental health concerns including information sharing, risk assessment and return to school planning
This session is for those school personnel seeking to develop structured processes to support students with mental health concerns.
3.35pm – 4.30pm
Speaker: Dr. Claire Mayers, Clinical Psychologist, TreeHaus Williamstown
How to manage symptoms of trauma in the classroom to get better outcomes
The media focuses attention on devastating, one-off traumas, like terrorist attacks, despite around 80% of human trauma occurring within the family. Trauma can be very subtle e.g. a parent repeatedly shaming a child.
This talk will address:
The role of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Describe the signs of trauma that you can see in the classroom
Outline the brilliant and free resource: Calmer Classrooms
Strategies that can help manage outbursts and promote engagement in class
Self care for teachers
Stream 3: Managing Challenging Behaviours
Challenging behaviour in children and young people can be disruptive and sometimes trigger hostile responses. Hear from a paediatrician, an educational psychologist and a behavioural specialist about different types of challenging behaviours and how to implement effective systems of promoting positive behaviour. Experts will also explore how behaviour can seriously impair some children’s ability to engage in effective learning.
9.00am – 10.00am
Speaker: Dr Catherine Marraffa, Paediatrician, Deputy Director Neurodevelopment and Disability, Stream Leader- Intellectual Disability and Autism, Honorary Fellow Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Challenging Behaviours - a form of communication
This talk will discuss how children with developmental disabilities understand the world.
In a classroom setting, there are many reasons for children with disabilities behaving in a way which can be destructive, potentially harmful to others, as well as to themselves that impede learning.
The importance of having a good knowledge of the child's particular language skills, their cognitive ability and what difficult behaviours mean, will be discussed.
We will explore ways to prevent challenging behaviours arising, and will also discuss the lack of a simple one size fits all solution. The role of behavioural interventions, a plan for managing behaviours once they occur and how judicious use of medication may be helpful, will be examined .
10.05am – 11.05am
Speaker: Pooja Patel, Education Psychologist & Project Coordinator, Calm Kids Study, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Anxiety in children with ADHD
About half of children with ADHD also experience significant anxiety – although anxiety is often overlooked in this population. This presentation is based on the Calm Kids Study, which is looking at treating anxiety in children with ADHD. It will discuss the presentation of anxiety in children with ADHD and practical strategies that can be used to address the anxiety.
11.30am - 12.3opm
Speaker: Anthea Naylor, Special Educator, The University of Melbourne
Using Video self modelling to address challenging behaviour
Video Self Modelling (VSM) is a very exciting evidence-based intervention that is being used in education for skill-acquisition. It involves creating a short video using simple videoing techniques that shows the subject themselves performing a skill that is just out of reach, but which is potentially reachable.
VSM has successfully been used to address challenging behaviour, teach skills such as social skills, play skills, self-care, daily living, communication skills, self-regulation and physical skills.
VSM is widely used with students with autism, intellectual disability and complex, challenging behaviours.
Clear tips and strategies to take back to the classroom or use at home in supporting students on their academic journey; and
How these skills are vital for a successful transition from primary to secondary school.
Stream 4: Language and Processing Disorders
Understand and learn about language and processing disorders, what they are, how they are identified and how to manage them in a classroom with varying needs and distractions. Gain clarification from the experts around the misinformation teachers are often getting around processing disorders particularly.
1.30pm – 2.15pm
Speaker: Ros Lugg, Managing Director, The Learning Staircase
Dys = problem, Lexia = reading. So, dyslexia is a problem with reading. Well actually, it’s a lot more complex than that and not all dyslexics struggle with reading!
This presentation will cover the knowledge teachers and parents need, in order to understand a child with dyslexia’s needs and cater for them effectively. It will describe how our understanding of dyslexia has evolved, the neurological, genetic and biological basis, and the pattern of difficulties experienced by learners of all ages.
The presentation will also cover practical strategies and teaching approaches needed to enable children with dyslexia to access the curriculum and the world of books at their intellectual level. Plenty of information, extensive notes and an opportunity to ask questions!
The presenter is one of the leading NZ experts on dyslexia, an assessor with over 20 years’ experience, the creator of the StepsWeb online literacy programme, the wife of a dyslexic and the mother of two wonderful dyslexic sons!
2.20pm – 3.05pm
Speaker: Troy Waller, Learning Delivery Specialist, Microsoft
The Inclusive Classroom: Helping students with dyslexia thrive with technology
Microsoft was the first company to sign the Made by Dyslexia pledge: to give the 700 million people with dyslexia around the world access to technology that empowers them to excel in their academic journey, and in life. The pledge calls on us to build a better future for those with dyslexia and, together with Made by Dyslexia, we aim to democratize dyslexia support, so that every dyslexic child is understood and given the right support to realise their brilliant potential. Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications like Office now offer features that make computers easier to use for those who need it, giving teachers the opportunity to provide personalised learning in literacy instruction, and students an improved experience when reading.
3.25pm – 4.30pm
Speakers: Jessica Trevena Peters, Neuropsychologist & Occupational Therapist and Lize Roos, Occupational Therapist, Building Blocks Therapy
‘Processing disorders’ - what these terms mean, the misinformation, what they actually represent and what we can do
‘Processing disorders’ is a wide and varied area of development which commonly includes conflicting and confusing information. Terms such as ‘auditory processing disorder’ and ‘sensory processing disorder’ are often used. The aim of this talk will be to disentangle the web of processing difficulties, provide information about the patterns of these difficulties and clarify these profiles also. Lastly, practical strategies in supporting children facing such processing difficulties will be explored with key takeaway ‘tips’ provided. Processing difficulties can have a notable impact within the classroom and we hope this session equips you with skills in identifying, understanding and supporting these students.
making classrooms inclusive, covering ANXIETY, Mental Health & Childhood Trauma, Challenging Behaviours and Language & Processing Disorders
Where Academics, Experts & Health Professionals share their knowledge and provide practical strategies for educators to implement in the classroom.
A 2 day Special Needs Symposium designed to bridge the knowledge gap, dispel myths, promote research, and explore the development of special needs in education settings.
This Special Needs Symposium will bring educators together with the common goal of facilitating appropriate classroom strategies for educators, students with special needs and families of children with special needs.
This conference is best suited to all educators working with special needs students including classroom teachers, special needs educators and leadership pre-service teachers and those on the executive looking to innovate at a school level or within the individual classroom.