APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
Many of our children attending for different intervention programmes are on the Autistic spectrum and are making amazing progress so this month we want to highlight the positive for families and individuals and look at ways in which we can increase awareness and acceptance in the learning community.
Please let Alison know if you have ideas that spread a positive message!
MANAGING BEHAVIOURS IN ALL ENVIRONMENTS:PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR CLINICIANS, EDUCATORS, RELATED PROFESSIONALS AND FAMILIES
Held: Rembrandt Hotel
Date: Friday February 7th 2014
Population: Counselors, Educators, Parents, Therapists, Psychologists, Paediatricians, University students, Related Professionals and Individuals
Objectives: To develop an awareness of the function of behaviours, how they present in the home and in school and to define best practice for management in all environments
Rate: 2087 THB Inc. Vat
Please contact Paul Owen for bookings, you can contact him at email@example.com
ATOC is proud to be hosting a conference, on the 20th September 2013, where the main topics featured are Neuro-Learning and how to optimize learning in the classroom.
ATOC has launched a new branch to bring to Thailand a range of Special Education and Teacher/Classroom Resources. The branch is named ATOC Resources, there will be a full range of professional development items as well as photocopiable and workbook resources for parents, teachers, learning supporters, counsellors, students and other professionals. Visit the website for more information.
Tel: +66 02 711 7156-8
How Autism Is Different in Girls vs. Boys
Read on in the link below to see the summary from this Yale research project which not only gives insight into the difference between girls and boys on the Autism Spectrum but also helps us understand the quality of eye gaze and its importance to social interactions.
CHANGES TO ASPERGER'S DIAGNOSIS:
The revision of the Diagnostic Manual 4 used by Psychiatrists in the US has been approved.
There will no longer be an Asperger's Disorder, or PDD.NOS otherwise unspecified instead there will be a single diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Children on the Autism Spectrum experience a wide range of developmental difficulties involving communication, socialization, thinking, cognitive skills, interests, activities and motor skills (Goldstein, Naglieri, & Ozonoff, 2008). There is a continuum of presenting needs and there is more awareness now of the challenges in areas like attention regulation sensory sensitivity as well as the atypical behaviours and social communication differences.
American Psychiatric Association (APA) (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed. – text revision). Washington, DC: Author.
American Psychiatric Association (APA) (in Press). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5thEdition). Washington, DC: Author).
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION:
A primary component of successful behavior management is to support parents and staff to work together and integrate skill development with managment. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) are used to develop Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) that focus on proactive strategies.
Parents and Teachers can feel inadequate when facing a child with behavioural challenges. It is hard to be objective when a child is passively refusing to participate or having a major meltdown.
Come and Join us!
Our new Speech and Language Pathologist will be organising social language groups and language based literacy classes in the new term and is happy to meet with parents to discuss the format by appointment.
SLP Classes More information
Autism Awareness in the general public has improved significantly in Thailand in the past few years making early identification more common. For more information on the typical signs to look out for and programmes available in Bangkok for individuals on the Autistic Spectrum please contact firstname.lastname@example.org:
Reference: Autism Awareness Information