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Event Details

Sunday 19th March 2017

Castle Grand Community Centre
14 Pennant Street, Castle Hill NSW 2154

Early Intervention Stream – 9.00am – 5.00pm
Adolescent Stream – 9:00am – 5.00pm
(Registration opens at 8.00am)

Who should attend?

  • Parent and Carers of people with autism spectrum disorders
  • Grandparents and extended family
  • Anyone wanting to find out more about helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Workshop Program

Our Sydney Parent Information Workshop includes two concurrent streams, one focused on Early Intervention and the second focused on Teens and Adolescents.

Hosted by our CEO Nicole Rogerson, the day will feature talks from internationally recognised Behaviour Analyst, Dr Bobby Newman along with some of Australia’s leading experts in autism from the medical, behavioural and NDIS fields.


Early Intervention Stream Program

Adolescent Stream Program

Registration opens 8:00am

9.00 – 9.45am
Autism: What do I do now?
Dr James Best

9.45 – 11.15am
NDIS…WTF! How to navigate the NDIS for your family
Charmaine Fraser

11.15 – 11.30am
Morning Tea

11.30 – 12.45pm
Common Mistakes Made in Behaviour Management and How to Spot and Avoid Them
Dr Bobby Newman

12.45 – 1.15pm
Lunch Break

1.15 – 2.15pm
Preparing for School: finding a school, setting goals & working with your team
Shannon Eeles

2.15 – 3.15pm
Step by step: a plan for working with professionals to help your child generalise skills into everyday life
Karen McKinnon

3.15 – 3.30pm
Afternoon Tea

3.30 – 4.30pm
Behaviour Discussion Panel
Karen McKinnon, Ramona Toscano Callus and Shannon Eeles

4.30 – 5.00pm
Q & A
Karen McKinnon, Charmaine Fraser, Ramona Toscano Callus and Shannon Eeles


Registration opens 8:00am

9.00 – 10.15am
Managing challenging behaviours in adolescents
Dr Bobby Newman

10.15 – 11.00am
Health matters: The teenage years
Dr James Best

11.00 – 11.15am
Morning Tea

11.15 – 12.00pm
Finding your own way home: Transitioning from school to adult life
Dr Michael Whelan

12.00 – 12.45pm
Choice and Control in Employment
Martin Wren

12.45 – 1.15pm

1.15 – 2.45
Let’s talk about sex: Addressing puberty and sexuality in teens
Dr Bobby Newman

2.45 – 3.00pm
Afternoon Tea

3.00 – 4.30pm
Crack the NDIS code for ASD across the lifespan
Charmaine Fraser

4.30 – 5.00pm
Q & A
Dr Bobby Newman, Dr James Best, Dr Michael Whelan and Martin Wren




$50 +GST per person per stream (Early Intervention or Adolescents)

$85 +GST Couple’s Ticket (both parents / carers attending the same session)

Meet Our Speakers

Dr Bobby Newman B.C.B.A

Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist. He is the first author on twelve books about behavior therapy and autism spectrum disorders. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles.

A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups.

Dr James Best

Dr James Best has been a GP in Sydney for over 20 years. He is a GP Supervisor and in 2010 he was awarded a national teaching award, the GP Supervisor of the Year for the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Dr Best is a father of a child with autism, and his practice specialises in advising families with children with autism. He has presented regularly to GPs and specialists in webinars and live presentations. He has also had articles on autism and other topics regularly published in national medical and mainstream media outlets.

Karen McKinnon

Karen McKinnon provides a range of behavioural services for children on the autism spectrum and their families.  She is the Director of Clinical Services at Autism Partnership and a registered psychologist with more than 20 years experience in supporting families to understand how to help their children can learn.  Karen’s focus with families is on providing practical strategies that have strong research support.  She works with children across all age groups.

Shannon Eeles

Shannon Eeles has worked with children with autism and their families for more than fifteen years. A diagnosis of autism in the family triggered Shannon’s journey on the road to improving educational quality and outcomes for children with ASD. Shannon founded The Centre for Inclusive Schooling of Children with Autism, is a co-founder of the IDEA Program (a whole school approach to intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder), Little Learners Autism Program and Little School. Shannon’s role as Managing Director of Autism Partnership sees her leading a team of passionate and talented people to achieve the best possible outcomes for children with ASD and their families.

Ramona Toscano Callus

Ramona is a registered psychologist currently working in private practise, providing psychological assessment and treatment to individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions and other mental health conditions across the lifespan.

Ramona’s work has been in the design, implementation and monitoring of Early Intervention programs, training therapists and parents and consulting with schools and allied health professionals regarding appropriate behavioural support plans. Ramona also worked at the Emotional Health Clinic, Macquarie University where she conducted assessments and provided treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents.

In her current role, she continues to provide behavioural support to individuals with autism and their families as well as individual and group treatment for children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and ADHD.

Charmaine Fraser

Charmaine Fraser is a Support Coordinator and Peer Mentor working with participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She holds a Bachelor of Behaviour Studies (Psychology) and facilitates training in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Non Violent Crisis Intervention. She has two children, the eldest of which has autism.

Michael Whelan PhD (UQ)

Associate Professor Michael Whelan is an academic, writer, musician and autism advocate. In addition to his interdisciplinary live arts practice, Michael has written and directed a range of short films on topics ranging from post school transition for young people with autism to youth at risk and bullying.

In addition to his memoir, The Other Country: A Father’s Journey with Autism which was published by Pan Macmillan in 2008, Michael also wrote the Autism Awareness Australia documentary film What are you doing?

Michael worked with Autism Queensland as their manager of post-school services and was responsible for the development and delivery of Studio G, a post-school transition program for young adults on the autism spectrum, based at the State Library of Queensland.

Associate Professor Michael Whelan is now based at Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Faculty where his research is focused upon post-school transition for young people on the autism spectrum.

Martin Wren

Martin Wren is the Chief Executive Officer of NOVA Employment; a Sydney based Disability Employment Service that has supported the vocational aspirations of people with disability for almost 27 years. More than 15,000 people have successfully been supported to gain work.

NOVA also delivers an unmatched advertising and promotional campaign that has delivered attitudinal change amongst Sydney employers. Aside from promoting the ability of people with disability through traditional mass media, Martin is the creator of the annual ‘focusonability’ short film festival.

As a passionate advocate for the ability of people with disability to deliver meaningful results and as an employer Martin has made sure that NOVA’s staff include a significant number of people with lived experience of disability.

At the 2017 Disability Innovation Awards Martin took out the “Leadership in employment inclusion” award.

Nicole Rogerson

Nicole Rogerson is the founding Director and CEO of Autism Awareness Australia and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Nicole has led many campaigns and events that have inspired, touched and educated Australians, including Australia’s contribution to the U.N World Autism Awareness Day, production of a short film ‘What are you doing?’ for school children, and various television community service announcements and public speaking engagements.

Nicole is one of the most passionate voices on the challenges of autism in Australia, having hosted numerous seminars, advised the Federal Government and presented to the United Nations twice. She is frequently asked to speak about autism in the media.

Nicole has two sons, the eldest of which is on the autism spectrum.