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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 children 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.
Children 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 child in the classroom, family home and wider community
•    The importance of visual information as it remains available long enough to enable the child 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 child with autism to help him or her communicate effectively.

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Schull Community College, Cork
Colla Road
Skull, Schull,
Cork
P81 RH21
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Lorraine Scott

Lorraine Scott

Lorraine Scott is Head of Learning Support and Assessment at Middletown Centre for Autism.  In 2010, she was appointed as a member of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guideline Development Group for Autism Screening and Diagnosis.  Formerly, she was an Assistant Advisory Officer for Autism in the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB). Following this, Lorraine was a Psychoeducational Therapist employed by the University of North Carolina, Division TEACCH, before returning to a position as Team Leader for the Autism Diagnostic and Intervention Service in the Southern Health Trust. Her background is in teaching children with special educational needs.  Lorraine has a MEd in Special Education (autism, children) from the University of Birmingham.

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