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 that can be an interim step to a Functional Behaviour Assessment. 

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. 


Independence in the Classroom: Strategies for Students with ASD.

This workshop is the first of a 2-part series which covers the theme of Independence. A practical and theoretical 1-day workshop that will introduce you to some of the key elements of the TEACCH® framework. This workshop will cover the essential skill of enabling independence by using the elements of visual schedules and work systems. Places are limited so to register go to this link In the meantime to see Independence in action meet Alice. She will demonstrate to you how she is able to work and participate in the classroom using these elements. Enjoy!






















Contact Details:

Dr Anna Bortoli

ASD & Special Education Consultant

TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultant

ABN: 74193259710 (not registered for GST)