A Good Life – Autism from the autistic’s perspective (Leeton)
Thursday, Mar 26, 2020
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Planning for an (extra) ordinary life – Small steps to living your best life
Disability Service providers, Parents, Carers and Participants on the spectrum this workshop is for you!
The workshop will cover:
- The yin and yang or autism – Seeing the positives in place of negatives
- Long term goal setting
- Planning goals
- How to break large goals down into manageable components
- Task planning
- Finding help along the way
About the speaker:
Melanie is an autistic presenter, consultant and mother to 4 neurologically diverse children. She has been working with autistic people for 11 years. Initially she used her graphic design degree to develop customised visual supports to help people live a more independent life and info graphics that help to explain autism visually. This developed into a flexible visual communication system, incorporating colour, symbology and psychology in an adaptive system that grows as the user does.
The communication differences in each of her children lead her to further study and education in autism, neurology and how we communicate. The past 12 years has allowed her to tailor her education to focus on;
• communication, learning how to implement PECS systems, positive behaviour programs, social skill programs like lego therapy and secret agent society as well as customised social skill programs.
• Autism, including the early days workshops, positive partnerships, working with people with autism through amaze and the early start Denver model
• Mind and body: reframe your thinking around autism, developing efficient behaviour plans, decoding autism, traffic jam in my brain
Between 2014 and 2017, in consultation with other autistic adults, she set about developing a journal called “The warrior project” to help people on the autism spectrum understand and regulate their anxiety and other emotions. She also developed interest based social engagement programs that give the autistic person a chance to shine and be the leader.
In 2017 she started as an advisor with the Albury Wodonga Autism Community of Practice, then into research, organisation and presentation in 2019. In 2018 she completed her graduate certificate in autism studies and began her Masters in autism studies the following year.
She now works with people helping them learn more about autistic neurology and how their unique neurology may be impacting on them. Using double empathy and social model of disability, she provides a customised support program.
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