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Why Doesn't Learning Stick? - Exploring Working Memory and Emotional Regulation for Primary Students
Joanna Buttfield, Occupational Therapist and Helen Broomhall, Clinical and Educational Psychologist

The workshop is suitable for teachers, including classroom, special education teachers and coordinators who are working in primary mainstream schools across the three education sectors in SA. It will explore how to enrich learning experiences for all children including those who have a disability, developmental delay or those who are experiencing difficulties in learning. It is interactive with a practical focus and will include:

  1. Information and practical strategies about:
  • Children’s motivators for learning
  • Emotional wellbeing and how it relates to learning
  • Responding to emotion and behaviours - exploring emotional control adaptability and impulse control
  • Reducing stress for children in the junior primary and primary setting
  • How to develop and implement plans for individual “high needs” situations
  • Upskilling learning skills to improve memory, focus, attention, organization, time management, planning and sequencing.

  1. Workshop Outcomes:
  • Participants will have an understanding of the difficulties children face and how it affects learning
  • Participants will develop practical skills to use with children
  • A workbook for future use will be provided.

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Event Date 31/07/2017 9:00 am
Individual Price $140.00
Presenter/s Joanna Buttfield, Occupational Therapist and Helen Broomhall, Clinical and Educational Psychologist
$140.00

What's the Buzz? A practical resource to develop social skills and resilience
Mark Le Messurier, Teacher, Counsellor and Coach

For a variety of reasons, some children find it harder to think socially, develop socially and use their social tools suitably when it really counts. Early childhood settings and schools play a vital role to promote the wellbeing of children by deliberately developing their ‘social and emotional’ capabilities through the delivery of recognised and highly structured approaches.  This practical interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore both resources - “What’s the Buzz? A social Skills Enriched Program for Primary Students” and “What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners”. It is an ideal opportunity for a team to attend to enhance the implementation of strategies in the school environment. It will include:

  • An exploration of  play-based lessons where students become immersed in a variety of essential relational skills and social dilemmas, stimulated by the experiences of a character named Archie
  • Activities to help children learn to become a better friend and a more flexible social thinker through activity, discussion, role-play, games and quizzes
  • Visual materials and tools designed to bring children together, including those who may be on the Autism Spectrum
  • Explicit strategies and guidance to help children to get along with one another and nurture friendships
  • Ways to model  targeted social skills and ideas to enrich your everyday interactions with children
  • Effective strategies to grow and sustain resilience
  • Framing ‘behaviour’ within a healthy social and emotional context.

More information about Mark Le Messurier can be found at marklemessurier.com.au

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Event Date 07/08/2017 9:00 am
Individual Price $140.00
Presenter/s Mark Le Messurier, Teacher, Counsellor and Coach
$140.00

Help! What do I do with students who struggle with speech, language and literacy?
Liberty Gates, Speech Pathologist 

This workshop is suitable for School Assistants working with students in Primary and Secondary mainstream, special units, special classes and special schools across the 3 education sectors in South Australia.

The focus of this session will be on:

  • Speech sound disorders
  • Literacy
    • Working with students with literacy difficulties.
    • Understanding phonological awareness and where it fits with literacy AND speech.
  • Language disorders
    • Understanding language disorders
    • Helping students learn vocabulary.
    • Helping students learn to follow directions.
  • Higher Level Language disorders
    • Understanding reasoning and problem solving difficulties.
    • Understanding how language affects social interactions.

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Event Date 14/08/2017 9:00 am
Individual Price $140.00
Presenter/s Liberty Gates, Speech Pathologist, Liberty Speech Pathology
$140.00

Supporting Phonological Awareness and Early Reading Development in primary schools 
Dr Karyn Carson, Speech Pathologist, Flinders University

This workshop is designed for curriculum leaders and special education co-ordinators who are seeking knowledge and skills in how to design evidence-based phonological awareness and early reading approaches across their primary classrooms, and for children requiring specialist educational support.  Participants will be required to engage in a series of activities and case-based scenarios designed to support understanding of evidence-based assessment and instructional reading strategies focused on key skills such as phonological awareness, word decoding fluency and vocabulary.  A particular focus will be on discussing how participants can screen, monitor, assess and instruct in these key skills across year levels in the junior primary classrooms.  How to support students with specific reading needs within this model will also be discussed.

Critical questions that will be addressed include:

  • How can we assess key reading skills such as phonological awareness, word decoding fluency, and vocabulary in a systematic fashion and how are the needs of individuals who need specific support catered for within such a model?
  • What methods can be used to critically review the way we are currently assessing and instructing in key reading skills.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Appropriately select evidence-based instructional strategies, based on assessment results, to support early reading development in key skills such as phonological awareness, word decoding fluency and vocabulary
  • Understand how to select evidence-based assessment tools that can measure early reading development at various stages in the primary years
  • Understand how to select and use both assessment tools and instructional methods best suited to the needs of children with specific needs when learning to read
  • Understand how to critically review assessment and instructional approaches to early reading development to identify areas of growth.

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Event Date 15/08/2017 9:00 am
Individual Price $140.00
Presenter/s Dr Karyn Carson, Speech Pathologist, Flinders University
$140.00

Making My Classroom Work: Developing Student Organisation, Self Management and Behaviour to Access Learning Effectively
Joanna Buttfield, Occupational Therapist, Kid Sense Child Development

The workshop explores how to enrich learning experiences for all primary school children including those who have a disability, developmental delay or those who are experiencing difficulties in learning. It is interactive with a practical focus and will include:

Information and practical strategies about:

  • Common obstacles/barriers to attentive learning
  • How to develop organisation, self management and attentive behaviour in your students
  • Identifying ways to support students that benefit everyone in the class
  • Reflecting on your well established teaching style to identify what you could do differently

Resources:

  • Develop a “Learning Motivator Plan” that is specific to your classroom
  • Review a range of resources that promote appropriate organisation and self management skill

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to identify student primary learning motivators and styles
  • Unpack learning motivators and strategies for individual students
  • Use this information to create a whole class plan/approach

** Participants are required to bring their class list (first names only) so that it can be used to create a Learning Motivator Plan which is relevant to each particpants class.

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Event Date 28/08/2017 9:00 am
Individual Price $140.00
Presenter/s Joanna Buttfield, Occupational Therapist, Kid Sense Child Development
$140.00


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