This conference will help you as a clinician (OT, SLP, psychologist or special educator) acquire evidence-based strategies to implement social-competence interventions across a range of settings for individuals with autism.

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Supporting social competence in individuals with autism requires a multi-faceted approach. It requires working at the individual level on component skills and self-awareness, working at the group level with peers and working on the generalisation of skills across settings. In order to do this efficiently, you need to be able to integrate a range of intervention strategies and get other people in the individual’s life (peers, teachers, family, co-workers) involved in the intervention process.

This conference is only open to clinicians (OTs, SLPs, psychologists and special educators) so that we can focus on more specific, in-depth, evidence-based strategies. The morning sessions will consist of presentations from local and international experts talking on different topics relating to social competence with an aim of expanding your subject-matter expertise in this area. The afternoon will consist of hands-on workshops with each of the presenters allowing you to apply strategies to your specific client population. You should leave the day armed with practical strategies that you can implement in your day-to-day practice.

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Dr Winnie Dunn

Topic - Authentic Social Engagement: a SENSATIONAL proposition 

People are social and sensory beings; professionals can support people to live the best authentic lives possible armed with knowledge about the sensory aspects of people, settings and activities.


Dr. Dunn is Distinguished Professor of OT at the University of Missouri.  She is internationally known for her research.  She has published more than 125 manuscripts and has spoken around the world. She created the Sensory Profile measures; these assessments have been translated into dozens of languages for practice and research. She has received all the top honors in her field.  She wrote Living Sensationally, highlighted in Time, Cosmopolitan, Canadian Public Radio and London Times. In July 2009, Living Sensationally received the Seal of Excellence from the Children of the New Earth magazine. Living Sensationally has been translated into 6 languages.

Dr Wenn B. Lawson

Topic - Autism: Social Expectations and Challenges with Age

Exploring ways that social expectations and challenges change over time: What this means for individuals with autism, families & professionals.

A psychologist, researcher, author and lecturer for over 24 years, Wenn presents workshops and training in Australia and around the world. His particular focus is: Ageing and autism; Gender variance and autism and ‘Life and learning’ in autism. Although free-lance, he also works with the Autism CRC & The University of Birmingham, UK. His research focus is ‘learning across the life span’ with papers published on ‘GAMMA and autistic attention,’ ‘Delayed Object Permanence and autism,’ ‘Single Attention & associated Cognition in Autism (SACCA)’, Autism & Relationships. He has written and/or contributed to over 20 books on autism and related topics.

Dr Emma Goodall

Topic - Interoception and the impact on autism

Understand how interoception impacts individuals on the autism spectrum, and how to support the development of interoception effectively.


Emma is an autistic researcher, writer and consultant on the autism spectrum and in interoception. Currently Emma is an adjunct at the University of Wollongong, Senior Autism Adviser for DECD in South Australia, exec committee member of ASfAR and treasurer for ASAN Aus/NZ/Oceania. Emma has been researching the impact of specifically teaching interoceptive awareness to children and students with a range of learning needs across SA