When discussing the skills of Autistic children in education and clinical settings, the focus has historically been on what they can’t do instead of what they can, and the areas of social skills and play are no exception. For years, we have been told that Autistic children have impairments in their social skills and play that need to be corrected through intensive intervention, so they can learn to play and interact like their neurotypical peers. Thankfully, more recent developments in our understanding of Autistic experience and the adoption of neurodiversity affirming practices have enabled a shift in focus to accepting and respecting Autistic styles of social interaction and play, rather than needing to fix or change.
In this webinar, parents, educators, support staff and clinicians will learn about the features of Autistic social communication and play from a neurodiversity affirming perspective. Attendees will also be introduced to the neurodiversity affirming paradigm and how it reframes the way we see Autistic features, and be given ideas for how to support Autistic children to be authentic in their communication and play at home, school and out in the community.
Suitable for Parents, Educators, Support Staff, and Clinicians.
Presented by Educational & Developmental Psychologist, Raelene Dundon.
A recording will be available for ticket holders after the event.