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Supporting Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder in School


Learners with ASD have a different, not defective, way of thinking.

This conversation will introduce Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and briefly look at the changes in the diagnostic criteria and levels classification. The cognitive, emotional and social profile of learners with ASD will be discussed.

We will explore how girls and boys on the spectrum present differently to one another and how schools, health professionals, and parents are able to collaboratively support ASD learners.

HPCSA Awards 3 CEUs

This talk will be available 30 days from registration.


Karen Archer is an Educational Psychologist currently working as the Director of S.H.A.R.E. at Bellavista School. This is a unit dedicated to sharing professional knowledge, experience and collective expertise with the wider community of education and healthcare professionals working with children.

Karen has 18 years of experience in the education sector where she started off as a teacher the senior primary phase, specializing in mathematics. She has worked as an Educational Psychologist at Bellavista since 2013 where she has been involved individual and group therapy of children and conducted cognitive and emotional assessments as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Karen is passionate about children and the way they learn. She loves sharing this knowledge with others. This coupled with her interest in the social-emotional aspect has allowed her to view a child holistically and work collaboratively with other health professionals.

Lauren Davis is a Speech-Language Therapist and Director of Cognitive Education at Bellavista School. Lauren has worked as a Speech-Language Therapist for 16 years and has worked with preschool and school-age children from the mainstream, remedial, and special needs environments.

She has worked at Bellavista school for more than 10 years and has a passion for cognitive education and teaching children how to think. She believes in the amazing potential of each child and finding their unique ways of learning.

She believes strongly in collaboration and sharing of knowledge with parents and other professionals.

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