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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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Thomond Community College, Limerick
Dooneen Road
Woodview Park
Limerick
V94 V342
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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 children with autism and 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.

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Thomond Community College, Limerick , Woodview Park , Limerick

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