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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

Location

Esker Educate Together National School Co. Dublin
Esker Lane Glebe
Lucan
Dublin
K78 N239
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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).

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Esker Educate Together National School Co. Dublin , Lucan , Dublin

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