WORKSHOP 1 (9-12pm)
Sophie Kerr BAppSci. (Disability Studies) (Hons) BEd
Director, Pyramid Educational Consultants Australia
Title: What’s the Emperor Wearing These Days? Communication, Apps and PECS
Sophie Kerr has worked in the field of disability in various capacities since 1996 with both children and adults with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to traumatic brain injury. Sophie’s major focus over this time has been working with children on the autism spectrum aged between 2 and 14 years within Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programs both in Australia and the UK. She has worked on an eclectic range of programs which have incorporated various interventions including picture communication, social skills development, speech and language development, motor skill development and sensory integration. Sophie completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) (Honours) at Deakin University in Melbourne in 1999. She returned to study in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Charles Darwin University in Darwin. Sophie commenced working for Pyramid Educational Consultants of Australia in February 2008. She has implemented PECS in her clinical work with numerous individuals and school groups with autism and related disabilities.
WORKSHOP 2 (1-4pm) (3 type 2 BACB CE credits available)
Susan Petrie MSc(Psych), PGDipPracPsych(ABA), BCBA
Director, Beanstalk Child Psychology (Adelaide)
Title: How to run an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Program for Parents of children with autism
There is now a growing amount of data and literature on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’s (ACT) effectiveness with a variety of disorders and behaviour. This workshop will teach attendees how to apply the 6 core ACT principles to parents of children with autism to lower their stress and increase protocol adherence. Attendees will also be taken through the manuals program developed by Gould, Tarbox & Coyne (2017). A manual will be provided along with data sheets and exercises.
1. Identify the 6 core ACT principles
2. Develop goals with parents by identifying behaviours congruent with their ACT values
3. Identify ways for parents to collect data on their target ACT behaviours
4. Conduct a mindfulness exercises for parents to lower their stress levels
Suitable for: Professionals & BCBAs interested in learning how to run an ACT group for ASD parents, participants will gain tools and build skills to respond to challenging situations.
Susan is registered psychologist and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for over 15 years. She has worked around the world helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder reach their potential through the most effective evidence-based interventions available. Currently she is the Director of Beanstalk Child Psychology in Adelaide and a guest lecturer within the University of Adelaide’s Learning and Behaviour course. Susan is passionate about providing the highest standard of therapy possible to her clients and was delighted to receive an award of excellence this year.