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Autism and Social Communication Social communication is a multi-faceted, complex interaction involving mastery in many of the following, • Understanding non-verbal cues • Command of tone of voice • Command of facial expressions • Understanding different purposes of conversation • Sense of humour • Familiarity with social courtesies • Making the abstract concrete • Visual structure and predictable routines • Activities that provide support for language abilities • Interactions that provide focus on peers and self-awareness • Generalisations Social communication can, therefore, be challenging for many young people with autism. Many want to be socially interactive, make friends and form relationships, be included within the classroom and wider community, but find it difficult because of the many social conventions needed to achieve effective communication. Young people with autism experiencing such difficulties may find it hard to understand the messages being given, such as the meaning we put into our voice, the expressions on our faces, and gestures such as waving, pointing or shrugging Expected Outcomes Participants will have an increased understanding of • How social communication is defined. • The social communication difficulties are experienced by those with autism • Best practices in supporting the young person in the classroom, family home and wider community • The importance of visual information as it remains available long enough to enable the young person to focus on it or return to it as needed to establish memory for the message it is communicating. • Visual tools provide a non-transient foundation for more effective communication. • How to use the strengths of the young person with autism to help him or her communicate effectively.

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Dalriada School, Ballymoney Co. Antrim
St James Road,
Ballymoney
Antrim
BT53 6BL
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Edel Quinn

Edel Quinn

Edel Quinn is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Before taking up this post, Edel worked in the National Health Service Northern Ireland (NHS), developing and delivering home programmes for children and young people with autism, and their families. Edel holds a Psychology degree and an MSc in Autism from Queen’s University, Belfast and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Edel's main specialisms are in early intervention and delivering training in the implementation of visual strategies and positive behaviour. Edel is a certified TEACCH Trainer with Division TEACCH North Carolina. Edel has developed and delivered anxiety trainings and anxiety research projects to parents and professionals across Ireland. She has delivered at Autism and Mental Health Conference, NAS and the Autism Congress. Edel is an associate lecturer on the Post Graduate Autism Certificate with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Edel is working towards accreditation with BACP as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.

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Dalriada School, Ballymoney Co. Antrim , Ballymoney , Antrim

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