Lisa is now working full time for the Well Said Clinic!
As many of you will know Lisa has over 33 years of experience and having worked in a variety of settings both in education and early intervention, specialising in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, her commitment to life-long learning has seen her expertise develop in assessment, diagnosis and intervention for all communication difficulties that children may experience.
We would also like to introduce to our team Michelle who will provide administrative support on Tuesdays and Wednesdays alongside Angela who continues to work on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays!
Next year training calendar is up – with further updates in the coming weeks
In 2017 we will be running the following programs:
Social Language Groups
Our social language program is designed for children aged 5 to 7 with oral language delay and social skills deficits. The purpose of the groups is to develop language and social skills within the context of a small group setting (4 children of similar age) which allows for heightened individual focus and attention.
- Introduction to Social Language Group – designed for children who have not participated in a social language group before. This group aims to introduce children to concepts such as greetings, active listening, sharing, recognising emotions and how to manage them in addition to communicating socially
- Moving Forward Socially – designed for children who have participated in the introduction program and aims to further develop a deeper understanding of the concepts introduced in the first group.
The groups will be conducted during the school term on Saturdays with the Introduction course being conducted in the morning and the Moving Forward course in the afternoons. The sessions will be conducted on a fortnightly basis and consist of a one hour child group session and a 15 minute parent debriefing session immediately following the group.
Home practice strategies to reinforce concepts introduced in the sessions will be emailed each week.
Secret Agent Society
This social skills program is currently considered best practice in developing social language and abilities in school-age children (8 to 12 years of age) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Social Communication Disorder (SCD).
Two new groups will be conducted during 2017. The first group will commence on the 27th April and the second group on the 16th August. SAS will be conducted on Wednesday afternoons commencing at 4:30pm on a fortnightly basis. The course runs for 8 sessions and includes the child group session followed by a parent information session with home practice sheets and resources.
Hanen – Target Words
Target Word is a parent training program designed for parents of children who are considered to be “late talkers” (i.e. children who speech and language has not developed in the expected timeframe). The purpose of this program is to teach parents how they can assist their child to develop speech and language skills in the home environment during everyday activities.
The first group will commence on the 9th of February and the second training group will begin on 11 of October. The sessions will run between 7 to 8.30pm on Thursday nights and consist of 5 group training sessions with two individual video sessions during this period of time.
Hanen – More Than Words
The Hanen program “More Than Words” is designed for parents with young children (five years and under) who have been diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is designed to assist/teach parents the best strategies and techniques used to promote and enhance their child’s ability to develop language and communication skills which will allow them to interact meaningfully with others and connect with the world around them
The first group will commence on Thursday 20th of April at 7pm going for 8 weeks. A second group will commence in the second half of the year dates to be announced.
Hanen – ABC & Beyond
This program is a must for Preschool teachers, Day-Care operators and Prep teachers with point awarded for VET.
This program is designed to assist educators (Preschool teachers, Day-Care operators and Prep teachers) to promote emerging literacy skills in young children (3 to 5 years). The program includes information and strategies coming from the Hanen program and includes information from the latest research and best practice in this area. The program provides practical strategies and resources for immediate use.
The training course will be conducted as follows:
Option One: 2 full day course running on Tuesday the 4th of April and Wednesday the 5th of April, or
Option Two: weekly two-hour session commencing on the Thursday 20th of July at 5pm over 8 weeks