Structured Teaching:Setting up the Environment to Support People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

PDN Twilight Workshop: Wednesday 21st March 2012


The purpose of this workshop is to assist participants in setting up environments that are supportive of people with ASDs. Specifically, physical structure to give meaning to the environment and reduce visual and auditory distractions will be covered. Additionally, visual supports such as schedules, work systems, curricular adaptations and modifications will be discussed within the context of Universal Designs for Learning. This workshop will utilise pictures and videos from across a range of school and community placements and will include examples from early intervention through adulthood.

The Presenter: Dr Laurie Sperry Ph.D.

Dr. Laurie Sperry was a classroom teacher for children with autism and related disabilities for 8 years. After leaving the classroom, she served as a state consultant for the Autism Division in South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies and did postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked with Division TEACCH for a number of years as a lead trainer, served on 2 diagnostic teams- young children and adolescents/adults, co-developed a play and social skills group for parents with young children who were newly diagnosed with autism and worked with the adult social skills group. She is a consulting editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and has published numerous articles and written a book chapter related to autism spectrum disorders.



Details: Date/Time

Wed 21 March 2012

Registrations from 3.30pm for 4.00pm – 6.00pm


Easts Leagues Club

(The Function Centre) Main Avenue, Coorparoo

Cost per person

(Including GST)

$44 PDN Subscriber

$77 Non-subscriber

Afternoon tea will be served on arrival

You may register by: On-line Registration:

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