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Autism and the Teenage Years

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 Autism and the Teenage Years
This training event will explain what autism is and consider the autistic teenager’s daily life and development. 
This session is the foundation for understanding commonly associated complexities in social communication, behaviour, and sensory processing. 
Parents and family members will have a better understanding of:
The characteristics of autism.
How autistic teenagers think and learn.
How autism can impact the adolescent years and strategies that may benefit when engaging with, supporting, and teaching an autistic teenager     

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Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Dee has extensive experience teaching and supporting autistic children and young people. Her experiences include Pre-school, Early Intervention ASD Classes,S Primary ASD Classes, Mainstream Primary and Special Schools. She has written, lectured and assessed modules on the Special Needs Assistant and Level Four Autism qualification, as professional development for parents and professionals. Dee has also worked as a part time Lecturer with University College Cork designing and delivering the Diploma in Autism Studies as well as providing training for teachers, third level students, parents and professionals. Dee’s training specialism is Promoting Positive Behaviour, Early Intervention, Classroom Strategies, and Transitions. Dee holds a MEd in Special Education Autism from the University of Birmingham.

Autism and Sensory Processing

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Autism and Sensory Processing
This training session will promote parents’ and family members understanding of how autistic teenagers process sensory input whilst providing practical examples and information on how to help. 
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
How autistic teenagers process sensory input.
The characteristics of over and under-responsiveness to sensory input.
Strategies and ideas that may help young people with sensory processing differences.

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Eleanor McStay-Fearon

Eleanor McStay-Fearon

Eleanor McStay-Fearon is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Middletown Centre for Autism. Eleanor works as part of the Learning Support and Assessment Service, working directly with autistic children across school and home. Prior to this, she worked in Essex, providing assessment and intervention to children and young people with learning disabilities and associated needs such as autism and behaviours of concern. She has worked closely with parents, teachers and health professionals to support the implementation of communication, sensory and behaviour management programmes across home and school environments. She has experience in supporting autistic children and young people with mental health needs in Glasgow, as member of a multi-disciplinary Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team. Eleanor holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration and is a registered Sensory Integration Practitioner

Autism and Anxiety Management

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Autism and Anxiety Management 
A high percentage of autistic teenagers experience heightened anxiety. This training session introduces strategies that can be used to help manage these feelings to support the young person to reach their potential. 
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of: 
Why autistic teenagers may experience high levels of anxiety. 
How underlying anxiety can manifest as extreme stress responses. 
How to apply strategies to help support the young person to manage their anxiety, both proactively and in the moment. 

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Helen Forde

Supporting Behaviour in Autism: Understanding the Stress Response

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Supporting Behaviour in Autism: Understanding the Stress Response
This training session builds on the information previously learned and provides further information on how to understand and support stress responses.
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
The purpose that any "behaviour" may serve for their teenager.
The internal processes that contribute to observable stress responses.
How to support yourself and your teenager during times of distress.
Potential strategies and new skills that may benefit your teenager.

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Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon is an Autism Trainer/Advisor with Middletown Centre for Autism. Prior to this, Tara has worked across home, school and external agency settings to provide autism specific specialist teaching, training, and behavioural support in these environments. Tara has also worked as a Class Teacher for nine years in an Applied Behaviour Analysis school for autistic children with complex needs. Tara holds a degree in Psychology and is a CABAS board certified Teacher in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She is a member of both the Psychological Society of Ireland and the Teaching Council of Ireland and is a Certified Sleep Counsellor.

Autism and Life Skills

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Autism and Life Skills
This training session will explore how to facilitate autistic teenagers to be as independent as possible by teaching work, personal care, and leisure skills. 
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
Why the attainment of life skills is important for positive outcomes in adulthood.
Some of the difficulties experienced by the young person which may affect the development of life skills. 
How to support young people to learn and develop life skills in the home and community environment.

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Breiffni O'Reilly

Breiffni O'Reilly

Breiffní O’Reilly is specialist teacher with the Learning Support and Assessment team at Middletown Centre for Autism. Breiffní has worked as a class teacher with autistic children and young people since 2006. In addition to teaching roles in Ireland, she worked for two years in an autism specific Post Primary School in London and in autism specific Primary Schools in Australia. Breiffní has a Masters in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Queens University, Belfast.