22-3983-SPR-Understanding Language and Communication Difficulties Associated with Autism - Guest Speaker Dr. David Jordan

22-3983-SPR-Understanding Language and Communication Difficulties Associated with Autism -  Guest Speaker Dr. David Jordan

Understanding Language and Communication Difficulties Associated with Autism 

Suitable for Primary and Post Primary Teachers, SNAs and Parents

Participants will look at how receptive and expressive language can be impaired and how we can identify the needs of a child with communication difficulties.

Practical ways to encourage and include children with communication challenges in the classroom using evidenced based strategies will be discussed. Participants will look at how we can adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of communicationally challenged children using high interest, child centered visual content. Strategies to assess language and where to find material to support language needs will be discussed.

With over 14 years experience in the area of Special Needs, particularly focused on the Autism Spectrum, Libby Conroy (Primary School Special Needs Teacher), is an expert in this area and has garnered a wealth of both educational & hands on experience relating to the academic education, emotional, behavioural & communication development of children with additional needs.

In 2012 she completed her  Masters of Education with a  specialisim in Autism , she also completed a Post Grad in Autism. Over the years she has developed comprehensive experience using the following teaching and behavioural strategies in the classroom:   TEACCH,  Social Stories™ , PECS, LAMH and ABA to name but a few.

As well as her career in the classroom, she delivers courses which support professionals & parents alike. Libby is driven by the success of her students & clients and is passionate in ensuring children, across all levels, reach their highest potential. She prides herself in seeing and understanding the child as opposed to the “label” and advocates this methodology in the varying strategies that she teaches and informs others on.

Guest Speaker Dr. David Jordan graduated with a Ph.D. in geology from Trinity College, Dublin in 2008. In 2002, during the early stages of his Ph.D. he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

He helped set up peer a support program for university students with Asperger's Syndrome in collaboration  with Dr. Rita Honan and he founded in 2002 the first social group for adults with Asperger's Syndrome and autism in Ireland. This group continues to meet weekly, on Zoom.  Over 200 people on the autism spectrum have attended over the years.

Dr. Jordan appeared in an RTE TV documentary about Asperger's Syndrome in 2005 and has given several radio interviews. He also presents to parents, teachers and psychologists at conferences several times a year describing his experiences growing up with Asperger's Syndrome.


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Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 26-05-2022 6:30 pm
Course End Date / Time 26-05-2022 8:30 pm
Capacity 100
Cut off date 26-05-2022 2:15 pm
Fee €5.00
Select Hours 2
Speaker Libby Conroy and Dr. David Jordan
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