P702 - AEU/IEU CRT Conference: Understanding Autism

  • 05 April 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • the AEU Building
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AEU/IEU CRT Conference: Understanding Autism

An increasing understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder is leading to better knowledge on including students with this condition in effective classroom learning. 

For this conference, a range of experts will present keynotes with insights into the condition of ASD and strategies to include these students when working as a CRT. There will be a number of discussion opportunities to share ideas and develop classroom ready activities. 


AEU Building, 126 Trenerry Cres, Abbotsford Victoria.


               9.00   Welcome
   9.15   Keynote 1
  Autism from The Inside
   10.15   Discussion 1
   11.15   Morning Tea
   11.45   Keynote 2
   Supporting Autistic Students as a CRT
   12.45   Discussion 2 
   1.15   Lunch 
  1.45   Panel Discussion
   Autism in the Workplace 
    2.30   Keynote 3 
   Autism and Anxiety
   3.30   Discussion 
     4.00   Close/Optional VIT Workshop 
    4.30   Full Close 

Session Descriptions

Autism from the Inside
Shardia Ibrahim and Benjamin Graham

To best support students on the Autism Spectrum we require an understanding of how they approach the world. What is the experience of the world, the home and the classroom like for a young person with ASD? In this keynote Shadia, a VCE student,  will share her experience of living with and learning with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Shadia's personal insight into being a student with ASD in a mainstream classroom will be an engaging experience. 

Supporting Autistic Students as a CRT
Lloyd Williams

Effectively teaching students on the Autism Spectrum depends a great deal upon understanding their unique circumstances. How then can a CRT, with limited preparation time, best support the learning of these students? In his keynote Lloyd, who works as a CRT, will present practical strategies that can be used in the context of a short term engagement, to support the learning of students with ASD. 

Autism and Anxiety
Jane Hancock

Truly understanding the experience of a student on the Autism Spectrum is difficult without an appreciation of the anxiety that these students bring with them into the classroom. In her keynote, Jane, a teacher and parent of a child with ASD, will explore; why ASD students are so anxious, how this manifests in the classroom, how this manifests at home and what strategies can support these students to manage their anxiety and better engage in the classroom.

Autism and the Workplace

The challenge of including students with diverse learning requirements into a mainstream classroom continues to be a professional and industrial issue. This panel session will explore those issues and the work that is being done to address the issues. It will include ideas on how participants can be active in supporting the future of their profession. 

Standards covered

Please note, this conference covers those standards VIT have identified as being required to meet the requirements for professional development on teaching students with learning disability. A 7 hour certificate of participation will be issued for all participants with the following professional standards listed:

1 Know students and how they learn

1.1.2 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.5.2 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

1.6.2 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

3 Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

3.3.2 Use teaching strategies

3.5.2 Use effective classroom communication

4 Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

4.1.2 Support student participation

4.3.2 Manage challenging behaviour

6 Engage in professional learning

6.2.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice


AEU/IEU Members - $65
Non AEU/IEU members - $265


The TLN is supported by the AEU Victoria Branch and the IEU Victoria Tasmania Branch 










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