Workshop: How to help children with autism

Gabriella Alderson, 5, suffers from seizures and she also has autism. She is pictured here with her assistance dog, Derrick.
Gabriella Alderson, 5, suffers from seizures and she also has autism. She is pictured here with her assistance dog, Derrick. Patrick Woods

NELLE Frances, autism authority, author, educator and parent, has relocated to Gympie, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Frances will deliver her popular Sensory Detective Workshop in Gympie on November 8 at Gympie Community Place, 18 Excelsior Rd, Gympie.

The session will be repeated again on December 1 for those who miss it.

Frances has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in primary and high schools, and first-hand experience from parenting a child on the spectrum.

"When my son was diagnosed 16 years ago I became extremely frustrated with the lack of accurate information and support strategies available, not only for parents, but also for teachers and health professionals and community workers," she said.

"So I developed a training workshop that provides a blend of educational strategies and parenting techniques, that when used collaboratively help the child develop self-management skills."

Frances has been delivering her renowned workshop for over a decade, with a particular focus on regional and remote Australia.

"All Australians deserve to have access to up-to-date training and current research on Autism Spectrum Disorder, regardless of where they live," she said.

Frances's workshop focuses on sensory-triggered behaviour, the missing piece of the autism puzzle.

This is an interactive and fun session packed with great strategies for educators and parents, including specific techniques for dealing with challenging behaviours.

"With the increasing prevalence of individuals with autism, and the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, it's so important for families, schools and key community stakeholders to learn about the condition and arm themselves with strategies to successfully support and engage with individuals on the spectrum," Frances said.

If you're interested in attending the workshop, visit for more information, or contact Nelle Frances on (07) 5481 2754 or email

Topics:  aspergers autism gympie parenting

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