Do you have a loved one with autism?
Do you work with children or adults who have autism?
Are you studying to be a teacher for students with autism?
This is a must read course for anyone who works with, or interacts with, individuals who are on the autism spectrum.
Even if you have autism you may find this resource useful to understand why your brain reacts to certain situations.
During the course you will learn about:
* the common characteristics and features of autism
* how the brain understands the sensory information in our world around us and why people with autism may react in the way that they do
* we outline why we need to be sensitive and respectful to the needs of people and families who are touched by autism
* we explain the communication and motor skills challenges for people with autism and basic strategies that can be implemented to help the whole family
* we talk about basic strategies that can be used in the classroom to help manage an individual's anxiety, frustration, and sensory difficulties
* we explain that every individual with autism is unique, every individual with autism has the ability to learn, and every individual with autism deserves to be heard and understood
After completing this course we hope that you feel uplifted with confidence that autism is a special disorder that has unique strengths, not just weaknesses and limitations.
After completing this course we hope to have modified or changed your perspective when it comes to interacting with an individual with autism.
Welcome to our understanding autism and behaviour information session.
My name is Robyn and I have worked with people with autism for over 7 years. I specialise in helping people with autism improve their coordination, balance, motor skills, social skills, anxiety levels, and emotion regulation.
Over the past 3 years I have focused my specialty on behaviour management for young children, school aged students and adults who have significant anxiety, aggression, and frustration in their daily life.
During this lecture you will learn about:
* my role as an Exercise Physiologist and Behavioural Therapist
* my work, education, and personal background
* why I am passionate about helping people with autism
Our introduction lectures explains that every child and adult is different and unique and it is important to learn how to understand what the child or adult is going through so that we can see the individual for their strengths and potential, not just their disability.
During this lecture you will learn:
* the common characteristics, behaviours, and difficulties for people with autism
* that autism is not just a social issue - it involves difficulties with forming social relationships, as well as difficulties with motor skills, body awareness, balance, and sensory integration.
During this lecture we will show you a range of literature that has been written by parents and individuals impacted by autism.
The literature that I found to view autism from a range of perspectives helps us to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a person with autism and to also be sensitive and respectful to the needs of family members, loved ones, and support networks that are touched by the challenges of autism.
During this lecture you will learn about the 7 senses of our body - sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, proprioception and vestibular.
We explain each of the senses in detail and provide everyday examples so you can start to understand what sensations your loved one or student likes or dislikes.
We also learn why senses are so important to protect us from harm, but how being too sensitive to sensations, or not sensitive enough to sensations, can have an impact on our every day life.
During this lecture we explain how the brain of someone with autism may react differently to everyday situations such as crossing the road, getting ready for school, etc.
We help you to understand that anxiety is important for our survival but too much anxiety can impact our ability to learn, interact with others, and manage our emotions.
During this lecture we help you to start to understand why someone with autism may behave differently to someone who doesn't have autism.
Did you know that when you are having a conversation with someone the information that you sent to your friend such as "how are you today" involves 93% gestures, body language, eye contact and tone of your voice. Only 7% of your message "how are you today" is actually sent through to the person as the 4 words that you want to say.
During this lecture we talk about how we communicate, the different forms of communication, and we start to explain why communication is challenging for some people with autism.
During this lecture we stress the point that having autism does not mean that you are unable to learn. We recommend various visual learning and kinesthetic learning techniques that can help an individual with autism manage their anxiety, frustration, and sensory integration difficulties.
In this lecture we are mindful that teachers have a very demanding job so our strategies are very basic and can benefit all students in the classroom.
During this lecture I talk about the importance of understanding an individual's behaviours, strengths, and challenges, so that you can source the appropriate support.
By understanding the behaviour you can start to implement appropriate and evidence based practices that are tailored specifically for the individual with autism.
During this lecture I briefly explain the types of services that I provide for people with autism in the areas of Exercise Physiology, motor development, and sensory therapy.
In this lecture there are not specific therapy programs. It more starts to open up our mind to the various options and health professionals that may be available in your local community to source assistance from.
This lecture quickly wraps up the content from this module. It reiterates the importance of respecting the needs of an individual with autism and we thank you for your participation in this information session.
I am an Exercise Physiologist with over 5 years experience running my own business and helping individuals to improve their health, fitness, pain management, and productivity.
I specialise in helping people with chronic health conditions, brain injury, and conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, etc.
For the past 3 years I have also been specialising in workplace health programs where I improve the health and productivity of workers by adjusting their workstation ergonomics, running healthy life exercise programs at workplaces, and also running staff training programs to make workers more aware about the importance of their health.