The next Brisbane Area branch general meeting will be on 3rd May at 6.15pm for 6.30pm start. The meeting will close at 8.30pm
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN VENUE. Given the geographical diversity of the branch membership, we are rotating the location of general meetings.
This meeting will include Speech Language Pathologist Bronwyn Sutton as the guest speaker.
Impairment in social communication is a core deficit for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers recommend that interventions which target social communication skills, should occur in naturalistic contexts to improve generalisation. However, there is little information to guide professionals on the practical application of a naturalistic or ecological model of service delivery in the home, early childhood or primary school settings. Bronwyn will draw from her research and clinical experience to provide practical strategies for professionals seeking to understand a naturalistic approach to supporting children on the spectrum.
- General understanding of social communication skills strategies for children with autism
General meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of every second month (2017: July, September, November). Meetings are open to all members, and new branch members are particularly welcome. This is an opportunity to meet the branch executive; hear about national and local events, activities, and initiatives; express your opinions; and to meet and network with other psychologists.
Minutes of the previous branch meetings are available on the branch website: http://www.groups.psychology.org.au/brisbane/. This is a restricted area: members will need to enter their membership number and password.
Light food will be provided during the meeting, and drinks can be purchased during the evening.
Bronwyn Sutton is a Speech Language Pathologist and Director of BEST Autism Therapy, a private practice specialising in a naturalistic model of Speech Pathology for children with autism. Bronwyn has 30 years’ experience working with children in early childhood and educational settings as well as post graduate qualifications in Education and a Masters of Special Education. Bronwyn’s PhD research is focusing on facilitating social interactions between children with ASD and their peers in naturalistic settings. Bronwyn’s practical approach is based on her experience guiding parents and professionals to implement evidence based interventions to improve the social and communication skills of children with autism.