Clinical Training & Research

The Sociable Group is committed to providing a Neurodiversity-Affirming service to Neurodivergent individuals and their families and carers. An integral part of fulfilling this commitment is continuing our professional enlightenment and development, education and practice. Alison, Fiona and Renee, fervently continue their lifelong learning through reading, attending seminars and webinars, completing courses, mentoring and connecting with individuals with lived experience. 

Neurodivergent Voices

One of the most important lessons we have learnt is that the best lessons are learnt in real-time, with real-people. We learn most when we watch, meet and listen to the real experts – that is, the individuals themselves. The people with the lived experience. 

We believe there is no greater source of information or advice on Neurodivergency than an Neurodivergent individual. It is only they who know the Neurodivergent experience. It is only they who truely know their daily struggles and challenges. It is only they who know what it is they need to live safely and to thrive in a society that is poorly equipped to support their Neurodivergency. 

To further increase our understanding, to develop a deeper knowledge of Neurodivergency and to steer our Neurodiversity- affirming practices, we engage in regular mentoring with Autistic adults and an Autistic Speech Pathologist. In these meetings we discuss specific case studies, receive mentoring and guidance on our therapy practises and group programs, and we have the opportunity to get insight and expert advice from our very generous mentors and guides. It is through this professional development that we can learn how best to support and champion Autistic individuals.

Professional Development

Below is just some of the professional development we have had the opportunity to participate in, in recent years: 

Goal Writing For Autistic Students: A Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach

Designed and Instructed by Rachel Dorsey, MS, CCC-SLP with Consultative Input by Jess Miles, MOT, OTR/L

Participants received Certification.

This courses provided comprehensive education on how to devise and write goals for Autistic students or clients that affirm their identity. This course revolutionised our goal writing for all our clients and further equipped us with skills to become a more Neurodiversity affirming practice.

Sensory Certificate Course for SLPs  by Jessie Ginsburg, M.S., CCC-SLP. 

Participants received Certification.

This course provided participants with knowledge and skills in the assessment of sensory preferences, patterns, and self-regulation skills. It finessed our treatment planning and added practical strategies and tools to our therapy tool box.

Making the Shift seminar with Jessie Ginsburg, M.S., CCC-SLP and Chris Wenger M.S. CCC-SLP

This seminar provided a full day of education, practical therapy strategies and insight from Autistic adults with lived experience. This seminar assisted us in continuing to further our knowledge and revamping our therapy approaches, so as to make our Practice a safe Neurodiversity-affirming space for our Autistic clients.

Resilience and Brilliance Masterclass hosted by Yenn Purkis (Neurodiversity Training International) 

This masterclass addressed resilience, brilliance and being autistic. Yenn Purkis, a globally renowned autistic advocate, provided participants with knowledge about the building blocks for resilience for Autistic individuals. Yenn discussed the importance of developing safe places and the benefits of resilience for Autistic People. 

Autism & Anxiety – A Masterclass with Jude Morrow – Neurodiversity Training International & Evaleen Whelton of Ausome Training.

Participants received Certification. 

Presented by two Autistic adults, Jude and Evaleen discussed the reason why Autistic people tend to have poor mental health outcomes. They provided insight into ways society can help reverse this trend and explained the profound link between Autism  and anxiety.

Autism and Social Skills Webinar with Evaleen Whelton (AUsome Training) 

Participants received Certification. 

In this seminar, Autistic advocate, Evaleen Whelton, discussed Autism and the different lenses through which it is viewed. Challenging participants’ thinking,

Evaleen discussed Autism through a social  model and explained the Double Empathy theory. She discussed differences in communication styles and ways to enhance our communication. This seminar encouraged participants to be part of positive change for Autistic individuals.  

Symposium on Autistic Flourishing: Acceptance, authenticity, autonomy (November 2021)

Centred around positive emotion, this symposium provided attendees with an opportunity to hear Australian and international Autistic speakers sharing their lived experience and expertise. It provided critical insight into ways to identify, foster and maintain Autistic flourishing across the lifespan in the domains of education, play, work and retirement.

Meaningful Speech Course by Alexandria Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L

There are two valid and natural ways to process and develop language:

Analytic Language Development and Gestalt Language Development. Analytic Language processors build on single words to produce sentences, whereas Gestalt Language processors process whole chunks of language first. 

The Sociable Group therapists have participated in Alexandria Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L self-paced course to develop knowledge and skills in the assessment and provision of therapy for gestalt language processors.

Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice (Kings College London)

Participants received Certification. 

This course explored the diagnosis of ADHD and best practice treatment options. It offered opportunities to hear from those with lived experience and provided practical strategies in regards to educating society about ADHD and supporting individuals.

What the HELL is PDA?! ” by Kristy Forbes – Autism & Neurodiversity Support

This webinar, hosted by two adults with a PDA profile, Harry Thompson and Kristy Forbes, discuss Pathological Demand Avoidance. They explore the variations in demand avoidance, the pathology behind it, it’s link to anxiety and ways to assist individuals with a PDA profile. 

3 Steps to Improving Interoception: An Evidence-Based Approach with Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L
Participants received Certification.
This course provided participants with an overview of interoception and the current research surrounding it. It offered evidence-based steps to help build interoception, and practical strategies to support an individuals’ regulation, behaviour, language, and social engagement.


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