Winter Academy

WiNTER ACADEMY 2024

Introducing Winter Academy 2024: Calling all educators, teachers, allied health professionals, and parents! From June 5th to September 11th, join us via Zoom and immerse yourself in a transformative journey designed just for you. Winter Academy 2024 is not just an opportunity for professional growth—it’s a chance to connect, collaborate, learn, and lead together. 

Whether you’re an educator, allied health professional, or parent, this is your invitation to shape the future of childcare and education. By uniting experts, practitioners, and researchers, the Winter Academy seeks to foster innovation, promote inclusivity, and advance the field of early childhood intervention.

Join us for 15 enriching sessions across two dynamic streams: “Engage” and “Nourish.” Every Wednesday (and some) Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm.        

In “Engage,” discover evidence-based research and best practices in neurodiverse affirming practice. Explore innovative strategies to support diverse learners and create inclusive environments in your classrooms and communities.

“Nourish” is your space to cultivate your skills, strategies, and everyday experiences in early childhood intervention. Guided by Reimagine Australia, engage in meaningful conversations, share insights, and strengthen your toolkit for supporting children’s development.

And best of all, you can access all 15 live sessions for our special introductory offer of just $45 per person for a Season Pass! (This is significantly discounted from our standard RRP of $99 per Season Pass.)

Secure your spot now and unlock the tools and insights you need to make a difference in the lives of children and families. See you at Winter Academy 2024!And best

Winter Academy Curriculum:

Winter Academy 2024 is your opportunity to expand your knowledge, connect with peers, and elevate your practice in early childhood intervention. Join us via Zoom on this journey of learning, discovery, and empowerment as we work together to create a brighter future for all children and families.

Engage Stream:

In the Engage stream, delve into evidence-based research and best practices in early intervention and neurodiverse affirming practice. Led by sector leaders, researchers and persons with lived experience, these two-hour sessions will explore innovative strategies for supporting neurodiverse individuals across diverse settings. Engage sessions provide a platform for robust discussions, knowledge sharing, and skill development, empowering educators and practitioners to enhance their professional practice and make a meaningful impact in their classrooms and communities.

FAQ: Will these sessions be recorded?

These sessions will be a presentation style format via Zoom and will be recorded to watch at a later date throughout the Winter Academy. 

Scroll down the page for more detailed information on each session

Sessions:

Nourish Stream:

Nourish your skills, strategies, and experiences in the Nourish stream, where practical tools and resources take centre stage. Each session begins with a one-hour presentation, followed by an interactive networking and conversation session for up to 60 mins. Explore essential tools, delve into innovative approaches, and engage in collaborative discussions aimed at enriching your everyday practice. Nourish sessions provide a supportive environment for connecting with peers, gaining valuable insights, and refining professional skills to better support children and families.

FAQ: Will these sessions be recorded?

These sessions will be a Community of Practice format with more discussions and networking held via Zoom and only the first 60 mins will be recorded to watch at a later date throughout the Winter Academy. 

Scroll down the page for more detailed information on each session

Sessions:

Engage Stream:

Presentation Style & Knowledge Sharing

ENGAGE SESSIONS

1. Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice 1

Date: Wed 5th June 2024

Summary: In this session, we will provide participants with an introduction to neurodiversity, neurodivergence and neurodiversity affirming practice. Participants will gain knowledge about neurodivergent individuals including perspectives and characteristics. Myths and misperceptions regarding neurodivergent individuals will be discussed as well as the perspectives of neurodivergent individuals about the impact of environments and attitudes in their lives. We will examine the way that media, labels and language influence perceptions before exploring the characteristics of neurodivergent-affirming communities. Throughout this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities and explore case scenarios.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Dr Amanda Webster and Carina Beattie (University of Wollongong)

ENGAGE SESSIONS

2. Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice 2

Date: Wed 12th June 2024

Summary:

In this session, we will continue our examination of neurodivergence to develop knowledge about neuro-affirming practice. Participants will be guided to unpack the foundational beliefs and principles underpinning neuro-affirming practice and will identify the impact and importance of this for neurodivergent individuals. We will then contrast the characteristics of traditional practice with neuro-affirming practice before unpacking the current research on the impact of each and the links between evidence-based practice and neuro-affirming practice. Participants will engage in activities and case scenarios to gain knowledge and practice in constructing neuro-affirming practice in early childhood, home and therapeutic contexts.  

 GUEST SPEAKERS: Dr Amanda Webster and Carina Beattie (University of Wollongong)

ENGAGE SESSIONS

3. Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) and Sensory processing disorder - A deep dive

Date: Wed 3rd July 2024

Summary: Explore the intersection of Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) and sensory processing disorder (SPD). Gain insights into the sensory experiences of neurodiverse individuals and learn strategies for creating sensory-friendly environments.

What: An in-depth examination of Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) principles and strategies for persons with lived experience of sensory processing disorder.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals interested in supporting persons with lived experience of sensory processing challenges.

Benefits of Attending: Deepen your understanding of sensory processing differences, learn practical strategies for accommodating sensory needs, and promote inclusivity in your educational and therapeutic practices.

GUEST SPEAKER – Holly Gawthorne (Occupational Therapist and Podcast Host – HTOT)

ENGAGE SESSIONS

4. Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) in Educational Settings

Date: Wed 17th July 2024

Summary: Discover how Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) can be integrated into educational settings to support diverse learners. Learn practical strategies for creating inclusive classrooms that celebrate neurodiversity and promote the success of all students.

What: An exploration of Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) principles and strategies for educators.

Who Should Attend: Teachers, school administrators, special education professionals, and anyone involved in education.

Benefits of Attending: Enhance your teaching practices, create inclusive learning environments, and foster a culture of acceptance and belonging for persons with lived experience.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Jane Warren (University of Wollongong)

ENGAGE SESSIONS

5. Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) in Clinical Settings

Date: Wed 31st July 2024

Summary: Explore the application of Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) in clinical settings. Learn how to provide compassionate and effective support to neurodiverse individuals in therapeutic and clinical settings.

What: An examination of Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) principles and strategies for clinical practitioners.

Who Should Attend: Therapists, counselors, psychologists, and healthcare professionals.

Benefits of Attending: Enhance your clinical skills, improve client outcomes, and create a supportive and affirming environment for persons with lived experience seeking therapeutic services.

GUEST SPEAKER – Amy Hall (Banksia Support Services)

ENGAGE SESSIONS

6. Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) in Everyday Settings

Date: Thu 15th August 2024

Summary: Discover practical ways to incorporate Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) into everyday interactions and environments. Learn how to promote acceptance, understanding, and inclusivity in your personal and professional life.

What: Strategies for integrating Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) principles into daily interactions and environments.

Who Should Attend: Individuals interested in promoting neurodiversity and inclusion in all aspects of life.

Benefits of Attending: Gain practical tips for fostering acceptance and inclusivity, enhance your relationships, and contribute to creating a more neurodiverse affirming society.

GUEST SPEAKER: Jamie Dunn 

ENGAGE SESSIONS

7. Neurodiverse Affirming Play

Date: Wed 28th August 2024

Summary: Explore the power of play in promoting neurodiversity affirming practices. Learn how to create inclusive play spaces and activities that celebrate diversity and support the social and emotional development of all children.

What: An exploration of play-based strategies for promoting neurodiversity affirmation.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and anyone interested in promoting inclusive play.

Benefits of Attending: Discover the importance of play in promoting social inclusion, learn practical strategies for creating inclusive play environments, and foster positive social interactions among children of all abilities.

GUEST SPEAKER: Joanne Hatchard (Better Being Me) and Emma Rattenbury (Emma Rattenbury Connections)

Nourish Stream:

Communities of Practice & Networking

NOURISH SESSIONS

1. Tools Tools Tools and Nourishing our Sector!

Date: Wed 19th June 2024

Summary: Join us for a session to share and discuss practical tools and strategies to support Neuro-Diversity Affirming Practice (NDAP) in your setting. Discover essential tools for early intervention, including the Key Worker Model.

What: An exploration of tools and resources available for supporting early intervention efforts, including the Key Worker Model.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals seeking practical tools and resources for early intervention.

Benefits of Attending: Gain access to a wealth of resources to support your work in early intervention, enhance your toolkit, and streamline your practice.

GUEST SPEAKER: Lara Elliot and Rod Soper

NOURISH SESSIONS​

2. What to do when you are stuck in a wait list

Date: Thu 27th June 2024

Summary: Navigate waitlist challenges with practical strategies and resources in this empowering session. Learn how to advocate for timely intervention, access interim supports, and maximise opportunities for growth while on a waitlist.

What: Strategies for managing waitlist challenges and accessing interim support in early intervention.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals facing waitlist challenges in accessing early intervention services.

Benefits of Attending: Gain practical tips for navigating waitlists, access interim support and resources, and optimise developmental opportunities for children while awaiting services.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Charmaine Bernie

NOURISH SESSIONS

3. Thrivary as a Practical tool

Date: Wed 10th July 2024

Summary: Discover the practical applications of Thrivary, a valuable tool for tracking and supporting child development. Learn how to utilise Thrivary effectively to monitor progress, set goals, and collaborate with families and professionals.

What: An in-depth exploration of Thrivary and its use as a practical tool in early intervention.

Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals interested in using technology to support child development.

Benefits of Attending: Gain hands-on experience with Thrivary, learn best practices for implementation, and maximise its potential to support child development and collaboration.

GUEST SPEAKERS: The Thrivary team.

NOURISH SESSIONS

4. What to do if you have developmental concerns?

Date: Thu 25th July 2024

Summary: Navigate developmental concerns with confidence in this informative session. Learn how to recognise developmental red flags, seek appropriate support, and advocate effectively for children and families.

What: Strategies for addressing developmental concerns and accessing support in early intervention.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals concerned about child development and seeking guidance on next steps.

Benefits of Attending: Gain practical tips for recognising and addressing developmental concerns, access resources and support networks, and empower yourself to advocate for children and families effectively.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Charmaine Bernie

NOURISH SESSIONS

5. Pathways to early intervention and how to choose the right support.

Date: Thu 8th August 2024

Summary: Navigate the complex landscape of early intervention pathways with confidence. Learn about different intervention options, access points, and factors to consider when choosing the right support for children and families.

What: An exploration of pathways to early intervention and strategies for selecting appropriate support.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals seeking guidance on early intervention options and decision-making.

Benefits of Attending:Gain insights into early intervention pathways, make informed decisions about support options, and optimise outcomes for children and families.

Guest speaker: Dr Charmaine Bernie

NOURISH SESSIONS

6. Goal Setting

Date: Wed 21st August 2024

Summary: Learn the importance of goal setting in early intervention and gain practical strategies for setting and achieving meaningful goals for children and families. Explore effective goal-setting techniques and tools to support positive outcomes.

What: An exploration of goal-setting principles and strategies in early intervention.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals involved in goal setting for child development and intervention.

Benefits of Attending: Enhance your goal-setting skills, improve outcomes for children and families, and foster collaboration and empowerment in the intervention process.

GUEST SPEAKER: Lara Elliott

NOURISH SESSIONS​

7. Ages and Stages Reimagined

Date: Wed 4th September 2024

Summary: Reimagine the traditional approach to ages and stages with this innovative session. Explore new perspectives on child development and gain insights into holistic approaches to supporting children’s growth and development.

What: A reimagining of ages and stages in child development and approaches to supporting children’s growth.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals seeking fresh perspectives on child development.

Benefits of Attending: Expand your understanding of child development, discover holistic approaches to supporting children’s growth, and gain practical strategies for promoting healthy development in all areas.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Dr Jane Warren and Blake Stewart.

NOURISH SESSIONS

8. So, what actually is Best Practice (And why do I care?)

Date: Wed 11th September 2024

Summary: Gain clarity on what constitutes best practice in early intervention and understand why it matters. Explore evidence-based approaches and learn how to apply best practices in your work effectively.

What: An exploration of best practice principles and their relevance in early intervention.

Who Should Attend: Educators, therapists, parents, and professionals seeking to understand and implement best practices in early intervention.

Benefits of Attending: Deepen your understanding of best practice principles, enhance the quality of your intervention efforts, and promote positive outcomes for children and families.

Guest speakers launch the new EI best practice guidelines: The Reimagine Team

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