Strength-based Approaches for ASD

Independence, Confidence and the Visual Learner

Research shows that students/children with ASD, ADHD or Intellectual Disability have a preference for receiving information and learning through some form of visual cue or support. These visual supports are a way of making verbal instruction and learning more visual and concrete for them. When visual supports are readily available, attention skills and independence improves, the student/child is more engaged with the learning content and they learn to organize and sequence information.


Key Offerings

Workshops and Seminars - Topics can be tailored to the needs of the school community and they can be offered as full or half days. 

Masterclass Series (ASD)©- A series of workshops devoted to content that relates to the learning and behaviour style of students with ASD. The workshops focus on evidence base practices for the classroom.

Structuring Functional Independence Across Environments© - A series of workshops which focus on the executive skills of students with a developmental delay in either the school or home environment. 

Iceberg Action Plan© - This is a package designed to work with the Team Around the Learner when the student's behaviour interferes with learning and social interaction. The IAP adopts a proactive and solution-focused approach when trying to work on strategies to address behaviours of concern. 

On-site coaching - The Personalised Professional Learning Model (PPL)© is a form of staff or school development service that can be tailored to the needs of indivduals or groups in the school. The fundamental belief of the PPL© is that learning is richer and more powerful when it occurs in the real situation, where it can be modeled and trialed with support. 


For more information about the above offerings, or if you have any questions relating to a particular need for your school or service, send an email with your question. 


Webinars- Enabling Independence in the Classroom Series: Strategies for Learners with ASD 

Given the current restrictions placed upon us, my “in-person” workshops are currently being offered in a Webinar platform. From Term 3 specific topics in the application of the TEACCH® framework will be available. To ensure your questions will be addressed, each webinar will be capped at 15 registrations. You can register individually or as a small group from the same setting. Webinars will be offered on a Wednesday or Thursday in the week, commencing at 3:30pm. Dates and times can be negotiated to work around school schedules. Go to the Events page for further details about each Webinar. There are only few spaces available for this series. 

Overview: Independence can open the door to a range of learning and social opportunities, which is why parents and teachers consider it an important area to develop for the learner with ASD.  Achieving a level of independence is possible by adopting teaching approaches which focus on the ASD learning style. Such an approach is the TEACCH® framework. The “Enabling Independence” webinar series consists of several topics that will cover the TEACCH® elements which support the learning style of students/children with ASD.

Information and Registration: Email Anna ( for further details about each Webinar topic and Registration.





















Contact Details:

Dr Anna Bortoli

ASD & Special Education Consultant

TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultant

ABN: 74193259710 (not registered for GST)