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Neuro-affirming education 2024019F

Sep 5, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024

$770 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 5 September 2024, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


Primary or Secondary Educator (Teacher, Teaching Support, Leader), School Psychologist/Counsellor


Looking to register more than one person? Contact us at isLearn to arrange a group discount for your school.                 

This user-friendly and engaging presentation will cover what neuro-divergence is and how to successfully incorporate neuro-divergent students into a mainstream school context. The workshop will cover understanding neuro-diversity, frequently seen hot spots in the classroom, and strategies to support these students to be confident, independent learners. Participants will understand that challenging and distress behaviours are common in many school settings and significantly impact a student’s ability to learn. These behaviours are often tricky to navigate and impact other students and teaching teams. Understanding how to support students with these behaviours is important, and becoming a priority in today’s education climate. Participants will be provided with practical knowledge that can be applied immediately to empower educators.

Key takeaways                 

  • identification of challenging behaviour vs distress behaviours 
  • understanding the impacts of these behaviours on learning
  • understanding of the science of distress in a user-friendly way
  • awareness of triggers that may increase challenging/distress behaviours in a school context and what can be changed environmentally to support these students
  • exploration of proactive and reactive planning
  • strategies to manage the impacts on others – peers, teachers, who may also be affected.

Presenter information

Emma-Rose Parsons      

A thriving mental health can make the world of difference and it’s Emma-Rose’s passion to work in this space. 

Emma-Rose loves the variety in her role. To highlight her areas of practice, she currently:

  • consults at her psychology clinics
  • supports school teams to understand the nuances of neurodivergent students
  • supervises other psychologists locally and interstate
  • presents to schools, local community groups, at conferences and seminars
  • assists workplaces to better understand mental health and to better engage and support neurodivergent team members

ALL with a particular interest in creating a neuro-affirming community, where difference is celebrated and understood. 

As the director of Spectrum House Psychology and Emma-Rose Consulting and a Co-Director of the Paediatric Health Collective, she has been working in this space for 20+ years, both in Australia and abroad. 

Although her work is naturally grounded by science, it is designed to be interactive, engaging, and even a little fun! Mental health can be a heavy topic and Emma-Rose aims to present information in an easily digestible manner, that at heart is applicable and user-friendly.

When not working in the mental health space, Emma-Rose has a love for parenting her two sons, camping, and ultra trail running.

Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes  
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Student behaviour management (discipline)