Integrating students on the autistic spectrum in mainstream schools? A whole school approach

by Jacqueline Roberts, Professor Autism
Hull School, Falkenstrasse 28 A, Zurich
2014 – Saturday the 20th of September 9 am until 1.00

This workshop is designed for administrators, class teachers, subject teachers, Learning Support Specialists. The focus of the workshop will be

  • Strategies to support children on the Autistic Spectrum in both primary and secondary school.
  • How to develop social skills.
  • Techniques to improve self -organization.
  • Teaching students how to cope with losing games.
  • How to gauge when we should involve students in group work and when we should let them work alone.

There will also be time for teachers to discuss concerns and questions they have. This workshop will benefit teachers, learning support coordinators, school counsellors and any educator involved in supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or with additional needs in the area of social communication.

Jaqueline Roberts

Our Speaker: Jacqueline Roberts: BA (Hons), Dip. Teach, B Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Ph.D. Professor Autism.

In 2011 Jacqui was appointed to the new chair of Autism in the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Griffith University. Jacqui?s background in autism stretches back over 30 years. She has worked in Aspect schools for children with autism as a teacher, speech pathologist and Principal.

Prior to her appointment at Griffith Jacqui worked as a consultant and held several short-term fractional research appointments at different universities teaching autism studies and leading/managing research projects including a fractional appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Canberra responsible for content in the Australian Autism Education and Training Consortium (AAETC) Positive Partnerships program. The Consortium provided professional development for teachers and school leaders and for parents and carers of children with autism across Australia as part of the Federal Government Helping Children with Autism package (2008 ? 2015).

In 2006 Jacqui completed (with Professor Margot Prior) a review of interventions for children with autism and their families for the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging. This has recently been updated (2011). The updated review is available on the FaHCSIA website. The principles of good practice described in this review have informed the roll out of the Helping Children with Autism package (HCWA). Jacqui is a director of the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders providing input to the board on a national autism research agenda, and served on the DEEWR Students with Disability in Schools Advisory Council from 2010 – 2013. In 2009 Jacqui was the national speaker for Speech Pathology Australia

In 2013 Jacqui was awarded the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC) award for outstanding service to the autism community. In her current position as the director of the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Griffith University Jacqui is responsible for developing the research agenda focusing on research that will enhance outcomes for individuals with ASD.

ACE is already building a strong research profile enhanced through collaborative links with other schools within the university, speech pathology in particular and participation as an essential partner in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, granted $31.4 million in Federal funding in February 2013. The ACE also offers an extensive multidisciplinary postgraduate study program in Autism comprising a graduate certificate, masters and doctoral program in autism studies. For information about ACE courses and research contact

Cost: CHF 200 per participant.