Session 1: A multidisciplinary approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

2pm – 2.45pm
Dr Alexandra Ure
Senior Clinical Psychologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Ms Charmaine Bernie
Occupational Therapist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Ms Veronica Rose
Speech Pathologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Session Overview
Children on the autism spectrum present with a range of strengths and challenges which are often amplified in the school environment. This overview session will present facts and myths about autism spectrum disorder, discuss the diagnostic process and reflect on the reported rise in autism diagnosis. Drawing on recent research, this session will take a multidisciplinary approach to evidenced based intervention strategies from the perspectives of a clinical psychologist, speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist.
Participants will:

  • Discuss latest research in autism spectrum disorder
  • Update their knowledge on the diagnostic process and the important role played by educators
  • Develop an understanding of where and from whom to access resources and how educators and clinicians can work together to support children on the autism spectrum


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