Children/ Students with Autism: Strategies for Educators

This workshop focuses on how to provide a supportive learning environment for children/ students with autism through the following areas:

Sensory processing 

Behaviour and positive behaviour support plans

Communication, echolalia, visual supports and key word sign

Social skills

Individual learning plans



This workshop is suitable for special education, early childhood, junior primary, primary and secondary educators. Parents and other professionals are welcome to join us.


At the end of the workshop participants will:

Understand the challenges faced by children/ students with autism in regards to self regulation, sensory processing challenges, communication and social skills.

Be introduced to strategies and programs appropriate for children/ students with autism.

Develop a plan to support children/ students with autism in their learning context.


Leanne Longfellow is a special education teacher, academic researcher and parent of a young adult with disabilities. She has taught for over 30 years in a variety of settings with students with disabilities, provided numerous professional learning sessions for educators, presented at Australian and international conferences and is in the final stages of completing doctoral research in special education.


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.  This workshop addresses the standards 1.2, 1.6 and 4.3. This certificate will be emailed to participants after the workshop.

Participants will receive handouts and suggested reading to build on this professional learning.

Tea, coffee and snacks are included.


‘I am a kindy relief teacher and I have been to one workshop previously and it was informative and at a good level of understanding so thank you for running these at an affordable price’ Marian Harper (Early Childhood Teacher)

‘I enjoyed the workshop. It was informative and we were able to share views and opinions. I was able to update my knowledge on students with disabilities’. Gaylene Green (JP Teacher)

‘I found the session really informative and enjoyed that you covered all types of strategies for different behavioural needs. I found it really beneficial for you to mention/list the different resources available. This session will definitely improve my one on one sessions with students and I look forward to attending some more of your seminars” Chandra Payne (School Services Officer)

‘Leanne’s workshops convey practical information and insights in a relevant and concise manner. I have learnt so much about many aspects of special education, incorporating positive strategies and resources, which I can readily use to support my professional practice. I thoroughly recommend Leanne’s workshops as a great source of professional learning for us as educators, to feel inspired and well-supported’ C.B.

‘This workshop exceeded all my expectations’ Abbie Kemp (Junior Primary Teacher)


 What can I bring into the event?

You require a pen and something to lean on when writing.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact Special Education Planning at info@specialeducationplanning.com.au