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Autism and the Teenage Years.  
This training course is aimed at helping parents prepare for their child's forthcoming adolescence. The course contains fundamental information for parents and family members who want to learn about autism and effective strategies that may help.  The information provided can be applied across a range of ages but is most suitable for children and young people in the 8-14 years age range.

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Autism and the Teenage Years

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Wicklow Primary Care Health Centre, Wicklow, Wicklow

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This training event will explain what autism is and will examine why young people with autism can experience difficulties when faced with a transition to teenage life.   This session is the foundation for understanding commonly associated difficulties: challenging behaviour, sensory processing, anxiety and social communication.  The importance and design of a planned transition programme and the role of the parents in this process will be examined along with ideas and suggestions as to how best to prepare the young person for forthcoming adolescence and adulthood.  
Expected Outcomes:                                                                                            
Parents and family member will have a better understanding of                                                
• The characteristics of autism.         
• How young people with autism think and learn.                                                                  
• The associated features of autism.                                                                    
• The underlying reasons of how autism can impact in the adolescent years.        
• Transition planning and the role of parents.

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Deirdre O'Shea

Deirdre O'Shea is an Autism Intervention Specialist at the Middletown Centre for Autism. Deirdre has extensive experience in working with children and young people with autism who display complex behaviours. She has also worked across the school and home settings providing social skills groups for children with autism, and training, support, and advice in autism related topics to parents and professionals. Deirdre has a degree in Psychology with the Open University, a post graduate Diploma in Special Education, and is also a Registered Behaviour Technician.

Autism and Anxiety Management

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Young people with autism experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. This session is an introduction to strategies that can be used to alleviate the experience of anxiety in young people with autism.
Expected Outcomes:
Parents and family members will
• Understand how the core impairments of autism, including sensory difficulties, can contribute to the development of anxiety.
• Understand how anxiety can escalate and may result in an outburst.
• Develop some simple strategies to prevent the escalation of anxiety.
• Understand the basics of cognitively based management approaches.

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Deirdre O'Shea

Deirdre O'Shea is an Autism Intervention Specialist at the Middletown Centre for Autism. Deirdre has extensive experience in working with children and young people with autism who display complex behaviours. She has also worked across the school and home settings providing social skills groups for children with autism, and training, support, and advice in autism related topics to parents and professionals. Deirdre has a degree in Psychology with the Open University, a post graduate Diploma in Special Education, and is also a Registered Behaviour Technician.

Autism and Sensory Processing

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Sensory Processing generally refers to the ability of an individual to register sensory information, make sense of that information, and to respond to it. This is a complex and fluid process involving all the sensory systems, auditory, gustatory, visual, olfactory, tactile, proprioceptive, and vestibular. When sensory processing is working well, an individual’s responses to sensory information are positive and support interaction. However, sensory processing difficulties are quite prevalent in the profiles of young people with autism and can affect every aspect of life and development.
This session examines the sensory processing differences frequently associated with autism and will demonstrate how such difficulties impact on learning, leisure activities and choices, social interactions and behaviour at home and in school.
Expected Outcomes:
Parents and family members will
• Develop a basic understanding of some of the sensory processing differences in autism.
• Understand how sensory processing differences can affect the young person’s experience in school and at home.
• Gain knowledge of strategies, which will assist in meeting the young person’s sensory needs.

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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. Prior to this, she worked in Essex, providing assessment and intervention to children and young people with learning differences, associated needs such as autism, and challenging behaviour. 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 children and young people with autism and mental health needs in Glasgow, as member of a multi-disciplinary Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team.

Autism and Life Skills

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Some of the keys to happiness and life satisfaction is to feel valued and have a sense of independence in the community.  This session will explore how to facilitate young people with autism to be as independent as possible by teaching them work, self-care and leisure skills.   The more skills one has, the more choices one may have.
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Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of
• The importance of life skills acquisition. 
• How to maximise independence.
• How to use children’s and young people’s strengths to help them reach their potential.
• How to teach important life skills to children and young people with autism.

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Deborah Hutchinson

Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

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Young people with autism can experience elevated levels of frustration, anxiety and stress often resulting in distressed behaviours. Responding effectively to behaviour remains a concern for parents of young people with autism. Early intervention and planning is important to ensure that young people have an array of proactive strategies to defuse rather than escalate a demanding situation. 
This session will examine how the core features of autism can influence Athe behaviour of young people.
Expected Outcomes:
Parents and family members will
• Understand how the core features of autism can influence behaviour.
• Understand the importance of identifying the function of a behaviour.
• Learn practical strategies for recognising early warning signs, making positive interventions and reducing potential triggers.
• Anxiety and its impact on behaviour.

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Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin is a Specialist Teacher in Middletown Centre for Autism. She has gained experience both as a teacher and as a Specialist Behaviour Therapist for children and young people with autism.  Sarah was coordinator of a National Community Outreach Programme for children with autism throughout Ireland.  Whilst in this role, she gained significant experience in liaising with multi-disciplinary teams, assessment and the development of learning and behaviour support plans, as well as training parents and teachers in autism specific interventions. Previously, she provided consultation services and training for parents and professionals throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sarah has a special interest in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).