Managing the Sensory Needs of Students with Autism


Tuesday 7th November 2023


9:00am – 3:30pm


The Autism Training Hub, Giant Steps, Gladesville, Sydney



Course Description

The nervous system impacts how your students function, their ability to regulate their emotions and in turn their successful engagement in your classroom.

This full day course looks at the model of sensory processing and the current research into student’s arousal and emotional regulation.  Participants will carry out standardized sensory assessments and an Adult Sensory Profile to gain a deeper understanding of how sensory information is processed. It will also provide a better understanding of the experiences of your students.

Learn practical ideas for managing differences between students and ensure that your children with autism cope with their environment and increase their ability to learn and engage in your school.

Explore the different types of approaches for managing sensory processing disorders including adapting the environment, the task and child-specific techniques to support arousal levels.

This course is relevant to teachers, support staff, child care educators, and other professionals from health and social services working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who present with sensory needs.


Presenter – Cheryl Toth

Cheryl has worked at Giant Steps since 2017. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Health Science (honours) and Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Sydney. She is currently completing her PhD titled “Cognitive strategies to help improve function for children with spinal cord injury or disease”.

Cheryl is particularly interested in working with children and young adults with autism and disabilities and has a growing interest in the ways cognitive rehabilitation can impact children with spinal cord injuries. Cheryl is passionate about assisting children to progress in their levels of independence and maintain or improve personal productivity in self-care skills, emotions, regulation, sensory processing, engagement and overall quality of life. Cheryl enjoys working as a part of a transdisciplinary team to support children not only in a classroom but also in the community to generalise skills across all contexts.


Presenter – Sarah Rawlins

Sarah holds a Master of Special Education, University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Education (Music Education), University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Music Therapy.

Sarah is the Co-Director of Primary and has been working in the field of Special Education for over 15 years with a special interest in Early Childhood early intervention. She has worked closely with both families and mainstream Early Childhood education and care settings to foster and support successful partnerships and collaborative teams around the child and family.  Additionally, she has provided training and support to mainstream settings to build capacity and develop quality inclusive practices to support the inclusion of all children within Early Childhood settings.

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Face-to-face professional learning courses are held in accordance with Covid-19 health regulations. Please note, dates are subject to change dependant on Covid-19 health advice. In the event of a course date changing, all participants will be contacted and registrations will be transferred to the new date.

The Autism Hub professional learning courses aim to increase participants knowledge and confidence to best support the learning of autistic children and adults. Proudly supported by Future Generation Australia.