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The Spectrum Series 2021

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At a Glance Wednesday 22nd September Life on The Spectrum Katie Aoife Dunne in conversation with Anne Marie Kelly Wednesday 29th September Assessment and Diagnostic Process Dr Penny Rogers l Wednesday 6th October Getting your child school ready Shaun Greville Wednesday 13th October Theory of mind Context blindness in ASD Dr Peter Vermeulen Wednesday 20th October Parents experience and what is available in the community in Laois Offaly Free Morning Zoom Webinars with International and Local Experts on a range of Autism related topics Local Parents Laois Offaly Library Staff Wednesday 27th October Food aversion and ARFID Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Dr Gillian Harris in conversation with Adam Harris BUILD YOUR OWN AUTISM TOOLKIT 22ND SEPTEMBER 27TH OCTOBER OVER 6 WEEKS 11 12 NOON WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS VIA ZOOM The Spectrum Series is a 6 part Webinar Series each Wednesday morning from 22nd September to 27th October 2021

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welcome to A Warm WELCOME from the Laois Offaly Children and Young People s Service Committee Learning and Development subgroup The Spectrum Series is a new 6 part webinar series each Wednesday morning from September 22nd to October 27th 2021 If you are a young person parent family member or interact with people with autism join us for our webinars and listen to discussions on a range of THE IDEA This group is keen to build up greater local awareness and understanding and develop skills and connections to provide greater inclusivity in all areas of life for people on the autism spectrum One key message for this Spectrum Series is to highlight that there are community supports and information that a family can avail of in addition to the Government funded services These Webinars will help support families making those links and will hopefully open up new opportunities Our aim is that the series will help move us as a community to greater autism acceptance Awareness is no longer enough autism related topics BACKGROUND WHO WE ARE This is the first Spectrum Series The long term vision is for an The Spectrum Series has been set up by Laois Offaly Children annual programme where we build on topics and can refer to and Young People s Services Committee CYPSC Learning and them and signpost families and professionals to previous talks Development subgroup in response to a need for greater as a podcast community autism supports in Laois and Offaly We are conscious that families can be at very different stages in their journey of supporting a family member on the autism The subgroup members are Mary Dunne a Volunteer Parent spectrum We have tried to vary the topics to appeal to as many Youth Volunteers Offaly and Laois County Library Services people as possible focusing on general topics and those relating Inclusion Ireland Laois and Offaly Families for Autism LOFFA to younger children Irish Primary Principals Network Offaly County Childcare Committee Laois Sports Partnership Offaly Sports Partnership JOIN US Laois Partnership Company HSE Talking Buddies Laois Offaly So whatever stage you are at we hope you feel supported enjoy This group meets regularly on various projects including the our Spectrum Series and learn something new by linking in Spectrum Series with these morning webinars

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session 1 wed 22nd September LIFE ON THE SPECTRUM Speaker Aoife Dunne Aoife Dunne is currently studying for a Higher Certificate in Advanced Art She is an ambassador for The Shona Project a social enterprise aimed at Aoife and Katie Dunne are 20 year old identical twins from empowering young Irish women She is also a Abbeyleix Co Laois both of whom were diagnosed as autistic at member of Plan International Ireland s Youth the age of seven In this first session Ann Marie Kelly Midlands Advisory Panel an NGO that promotes sustainable 103 caught up with them in Abbeyleix Library where they development and women s rights both in Ireland and globally discussed life on the spectrum the misconceptions of what it is Aoife has had opinion pieces published on SpunOut ie and in The like to be autistic and their future plans and hopes as they move Irish Times In her spare time she s a massive vintage fashion forward with life enthusiast and you can usually find her drinking a fancy coffee or doing some crochet REGISTER ON ZOOM WITH THIS LINK https bit ly 3A8CfvL Speaker Katie Dunne Facilitator Anne Marie Kelly Anne Marie Kelly has been a Broadcaster for over 25 years in both national and local radio Katie Dunne completed a PLC in art and she In 2018 she was named Best Specialist Music now studies Architecture in UCD As a young Presenter and Winner of the Best Magazine child Katie had a keen some would say Show at the National IMRO Radio Awards obsessive interest in dinosaurs Pokemon and She also works on a freelance basis for RTE Nintendo Now an adult her interests have Radio 1 Her recent series Songs in My Head aired on RTE Radio 1 shifted to music and architecture particularly in August 2019 She previously worked in Today FM and Radio Gothic and Byzantine structures though she Kerry She presents The Roadhouse Cafe Friday 10pm The Open has retained a talent at Mario Kart from her childhood Katie is Door Monday 7pm and Breakfast with Ann Marie weekdays very active in her local LGBT youth group and was interviewed for 6 30am on Midlands 103 Gay Community News in 2019 She was a district winner for the Garda Youth Awards for her contributions to the LGBT community that same year THESE WEBINARS WILL BE WELCOMING RELAXED AND INFORMAL

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session 2 wed 29th September session 3 wed 6th October AUTISM ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC PROCESS GETTING YOUR CHILD SCHOOL READY In this session Dr Penny Rogers will discuss best practice in the Shaun will present on getting your child prepared for school He autism assessment and diagnostic process and why diagnosis will discuss the importance of communication identify the matters She will look at the differences in presentation between communication style of your child and highlight the difference genders considerations when giving diagnosis and when best between learning intellectually and learning intuitively He will to tell your child about their diagnosis This will be followed by a demonstrate structuring the physical environment for pupils discussion with Aoife Dunne on her experience as an autistic and outline difficulties the autistic student may experience in the woman REGISTER ON ZOOM WITH THIS LINK classroom and will recommend helpful resources available for parents teachers and SNAs https bit ly 3A8CfvL REGISTER ON ZOOM WITH THIS LINK Speaker Dr Penny Rogers https bit ly 3A8CfvL Dr Penny Rogers trained in the UK obtaining her first degree in Psychology in East London Speaker Shaun Greville then completing a three year clinical doctorate Shaun Greville returned to school in the Esker in Clinical Psychology at the University College Centre Ballinamere after five years secondment London and a post graduate to the Special Education Support Service SESS diploma in Cognitive Therapy in Oxford and latterly National Council for Special Dr Rogers has extensive experience of working with adults and Education NCSE He fulfilled the roles of children in the UK and in Ireland and has worked within multi Advisor and Assistant National Coordinator for disciplinary teams Dr Rogers also has expertise in autism and the autism team with a focus on in school support for teachers mental health both in school and external CPD regarding autism Shaun has taught autistic students for over 20 years and delivered training Facilitator Aoife Dunne to teachers SNAs students and parents

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session 4 wed 13th October Speaker Dr Peter Vermeulen Dr Peter Vermeulen has an MSc and PhD in THEORY OF MIND AND CONTEXT BLINDNESS IN AUTISM Psychology and Educational Sciences He has Peter will present on context blindness in autism and how this founder of Autism in Context Peter is an affects Theory of Mind and self awareness in the autistic person internationally respected lecturer and trainer Autistic individuals can find it difficult to recognize and and he presents all over Europe and beyond Peter has written understand their own emotions and bodily functions due to more than 15 books and several articles on Autism In his work he context blindness He explains why traditional emotion recognition training which concentrates on recognizing and interpreting emotions in others is not helpful without selfawareness training and giving context He explains the double empathy problem and how understanding and awareness is a two way street He will be joined after for discussion by Katie worked with people with autism and their families for more than 30 years and is the focuses on many different topics including the autistic thinking autism as context blindness sensory issues in autism psychoeducation in autism relationships sexuality and coping with the diagnosis and last but not least happiness and well being in autism For his 30 years of work in the field of autism Peter received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 Dunne Facilitator Katie Dunne REGISTER ON ZOOM WITH THIS LINK https bit ly 3A8CfvL

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session 5 wed 20th October THE LAOIS OFFALY AUTISM EXPERIENCE Speaker Fergal Lalor Fergal Lalor is Dad to a ten year old boy with autism a learning disability and a complex sensory needs diagnosis He is currently employed full time as a PLC FET Fiona Ferris will interview local parents from LOFFA Laois Offaly teacher in the areas of accountancy Families for Autism about their family experience living in Laois business economics and math Previously or Offaly Staff from Laois and Offaly library services will exhibit he was employed full time in an accountancy role in the private and demonstrate the various supports available for families sector and is a former Treasurer committee member and trustee including their toy and equipment libraries sensory of LOFFA He shares joint caring duties with his son s mother and programming and book collections where possible he likes to train in martial arts He is currently studying for a Masters in Financial Management REGISTER ON ZOOM WITH THIS LINK https bit ly 3A8CfvL Speaker Mary Dunne Facilitator Fiona Ferris Fiona Ferris has worked with AsIAm since 2017 initially in the role of Early Years Mary Dunne is Mum to two adult children and Specialist but assumed the role of Deputy a teenager all with an autism diagnosis She CEO in 2019 and oversees the Training has been a trained volunteer advocate for Department within AsIAm Fiona delivers people with disabilities for the past 23 years talks both nationally and internationally and in that role has represented people with about autism neurodiversity and disability disabilities on both local and national fora while contributing her own experiences as an autistic adult and a including the National Disability Strategy Implementation Group parent to a child on the spectrum and the National Council for Special Education advisory committee As a former secretary and Chairperson of Laois Offaly Families For Autism she has lobbied extensively for improvements in services and awareness for families affected by autism Library Staff Martina Needham and Suzanne Carroll

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session 6 wed 27th October FOOD AVERSION AND AVOIDANT RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER ARFID Dr Gillian Harris will discuss Food Aversion and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder both of which are common with autism She will talk about the differences between food aversion and ARFID and how professionals can support the child and family dealing with these conditions Gillian will be joined for discussion by Adam Harris REGISTER ON ZOOM WITH THIS LINK https bit ly 3A8CfvL Her specific research and clinical interest is the development of food acceptance and rejection in early infancy and early childhood and the effect of early experience on later food preferences Gillian has written approximately 100 published papers articles and book chapters on these areas and has been awarded multiple research grants to support her research She has also made many media appearances both on television and radio Her latest book Food Refusal and Avoidant Eating in Children was published in 2017 Facilitator Adam Harris Adam Harris is the Founder and CEO of AsIAm Ireland s National Autism Charity Adam founded the organisation based on his own experiences growing up on the autism spectrum A Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee Adam is a frequent contributor to Speaker Dr Gillian Harris Dr Gillian Harris has carried out research into infant and child feeding behaviour and media and conferences in Ireland and overseas From Greystones in Co Wicklow Adam was appointed to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in July 2020 appetite regulation at the School of Psychology University of Birmingham UK for the past 38 years Gillian was also a Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist for 30 years and led a feeding clinic at The Children s Hospital Birmingham UK where she worked with infants and children who were food averse She now runs a private clinical service for children and adults with ARFID The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things TEMPLE GRANDIN

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