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Spectrum Space Symposium 2022: Program

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Please note that days, times and presentations are subject to change.

Day 1: Friday 14 October 2022

8:15amRegistrations open
9:00amWelcomeHelene Hansen
9:05amWelcome to countryOlman Walley
9:10amOpeningHon Don Punch, Minister for Disability Services; Small Business; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing
9:20amPlenaryAndrew WhitehouseEvidence-based practice: Australia’s first national guideline for early therapies and supports to autistic children and their families
10:20amMorning Tea
10:50amKeynote SpeechJodi RodgersYEAH, NAH… The Complexity of Consent (live online)
12:00pmBreakout SessionsOption 1: Tammy McGowanThe Impact of Disclosure on Relationships
Option 2: Raelene DundonAdapting Classroom Environments to Accommodate the Sensory and Processing Needs of Students
Option 3: Spectrum Space’s Shakespeare CompanyShakespeare Reimagined: A Midsummer Night’s Dream from a neurodivergent perspective
2:00pmBreakout SessionsOption 1: Wenn LawsonAutism and Intersectionality: Gender
Option 2: Raelene DundonSetting Students Up for Success – Modifying learning activities for autistic children in mainstream settings
Option 3: Ali FardinpourVirtual reality – applications and possibilities
3:00pmPlenaryWenn LawsonAutism, Mental Health and Wellbeing
4:00pmPlenaryJayelan LeeJayelan’s Journey: Schooling and communication in a non-verbal world
4:30pmPlenaryShu YauUnderstanding Community Needs to Reshape Non-verbal Autism Research
5:00pmClose & Networking

Day 2: Saturday 15 October 2022

7:45amRegistrations open
8:00am – 12:30pmWorkshopMaree Crabbe & Wenn LawsonPorn is Not the Norm – Pornography, young people and autism 
8:15amPlenaryRebecca WahlstenCreating and Sustaining Positive Partnerships
9:00amBreakout SessionsOption 1: Autism CRCmyWay Employability: Helping autistic young people plan and prepare for their working life
Option 2: Ana PalaciosFor the Love of Tangents – Autism identity, culture and community
10:00amBreakout SessionsOption 1: Theresa KiddSupporting Children and Adolescents with a PDA profile
Option 2: Deanne Pilton & Heather TompkinNavigating the NDIS: Practical planning tips to get the most out of your plan
11:00amMorning Tea
11:30amBreakout SessionsOption 1: Theresa KiddHelping Autistic Teens Manage their Anxiety
Option 2: Caitlin HuntSport and exercise
12:30pmClosing keynoteNicole RogersonState of Autism in 2022