Autism Through a Wider Lens: (1 Day Workshop) | A Profoundly Different Way to Deal with Anxiety & ‘Overwhelm’.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Editor in Melbourne, Workshops

1 day Workshop, Melbourne, Vic:
Autism, Anxiety & the Vagus nerve

A one day CPD accredited workshop with author , therapist and creator of the Autism Reframe Technique (A.R.T.), Holly Bridges.

$265. Lunch and refreshments included.

Workshop: Dec 9, 2019 (Registration: From 8.30. Starts: 9am. Ends: 5pm)

Venue: 265 Canterbury Road, Bayswater North, VIC, 3153. Details.

Fees are in au$. We will confirm receipt of your registration by email. Payments by Paypal - no additional fees apply. refreshments and lunch provided. Please let us know by return email if you have special dietary needs.

Course Proposition:

So much of traditional autism therapy is devoted to removing variances and aligning with the typical. What if this is a false benchmark against which we judge those on the autism spectrum? Reframing autism is about celebrating diversity. It is tapping into the innate intelligence, brilliance and creativity of enhanced perception – a field that people on the spectrum often inhabit – and then helping people to make the most of their gifts.

The artfulness of this technique is in creatively working with the person to balance the need for safety vs the need for growth; helping each person to both discover and witness their potential. When we show that we are re-educating the body, those on the spectrum are quickly able to connect with this truth and become motivated to grow.

People learn to reconnect through a process of self-discovery. They begin to feel empowered and all manner of things become possible spontaneously. The A.R.T approach helps them to discover how to apply and sustain this.

Reframing autism is about celebrating diversity. It is tapping into the innate intelligence, brilliance and creativity of enhanced perception – a field that people on the spectrum often inhabit – and then helping people to make the most of their gifts.

The neurotypical mind can learn a lot from the complexity, scope and flavours of enhanced perception. When we work within this framework, therapeutically, we help bring purpose and choice to the process.

Diversity is the essence of brilliance and when we stifle it in a neurotypical mould, it is the world’s loss.

Course outline:

The 1 day course will equip attendees with a basic grounding in The Autism Reframe Technique. It will explore the new therapeutic outcomes that may be realised when physical therapy is combined with cutting edge neuroscience and psychology. The course comprises foundation theory, evidence & research and practical exercises structured around Case Histories in Australia, Europe and The USA.

Is this for me?

No prior knowledge is required, since extensive learning materials are provided. The Program has been attended world-wide by Autists, Parents, Doctors, Optometrists, Occupational & Speech Therapists, Chiropractors, Psychologists & Support Workers

  1. Those on the spectrum and their parents and supporters
  2. Therapists and counsellors who routinely treat clients with autism and asperger syndrome.
  3. Organisations that treat autism/asperger who are looking for an innovative new service.

What does the course cover?

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What are the learning outcomes?

  1. Reframing the paradigm of autism
  2. The role of the history of autism and autism research in shaping current therapeutic practice
  3. The Polyvagal Theory: how the body impacts autism
  4. A working model of the Polyvagal Theory – how to make the PVT accessible to clients + families
  5. The physical aspects of anxiety and stress and how they impact our physical and mental health
  6. A practical understanding of the complex interrelationship between the gut, brain, vestibular and limbic system and how this determines our sense of self
  7. Principles of brain plasticity and how to apply in a therapeutic setting
  8. Principles of co-design and how to apply in a therapeutic setting
  9. How expectation in general autism therapy leads to a ‘glass ceiling’ and failure for the client
  10. Conceptualising a new paradigm of therapy for ASD: what it can look like
  11. The principles of body cognition and interoception and how they apply to ASD
  12. How to work with ASD and interoception somatically – the 80/20 rule
  13. Somatic tools to apply clinically
  14. Knowledge of the therapeutic possibilities with a wider appreciation of autism
  15. Autism Reframe Technique

What are the core elements?

Reframing: Exploring autism from a different perspective; shifting from a myopic ‘deficit’ model - what people with autism can’t do - to one that explores and believes in the creative and intellectual potential of each individual

The Polyvagal Theory: The vagus nerve responds to our internal and external needs and takes us into a flight/fight state but can also take us into an involuntary shut-down immobilized state. Autism/Asperger is a physical response the body has that is a little out of our control that has nothing to do with intelligence.

Neuroception: PVT is based on the principle of neuroception, that ‘The body has a complex network of information gathering that alerts us to safety and danger’.

Brain Plasticity: The brain’s ability to respond and rewire - at any age. Tapping into the innate intelligence of the mind/body. Realizing self-capacity and self-belief.

Unlearning: Ending top-down models of therapy and seeing that the client is at the front and centre of the process.

Codesign: Codesign is a fluid process and not a destination. It is opening our vision; collaboration vs coercion; possibility vs deficit.

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Cancellation Policy

Participants may cancel their registration, in writing/email, without penalty up until 60 days prior to the event and receive a refund less a 10% administration fee (Including GST). Cancellations received, in writing/email, fewer than 30 days before an event will incur a 50% fee (including GST). Cancellations, in writing/email, received fewer than 10 days before, the day of, or after an event will not be eligible for a refund.

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