3rd International Conference in Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Held 26th-28th January 2016 at Waipuna Hotel, Auckland

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Keynote by Dr G E Jones
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Workshop by Dr G E Jones
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Keynote by Prof E Elliott
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Workshop by Prof E Elliott
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Keynote by Alison Reevey
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Keynote by Dr Barry Coughlan
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NZ Reading List - pdf format

Keynote by David Dossetor
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Positive Path International hosted an international conference presenting the latest information in Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, in particular Autism and Mental Health.

The conference was relevant for all Teachers, SENCOs, RTLBs, Therapists, Psychologists, Parents, Health Professionals, Social/Human Services and anyone with an interest in students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

This conference focussed on the latest information, strategies and ways of "reaching and teaching" learners who present with aspects of:

  • ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Student Mental Health & Emotional Resilience
  • FASD - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder including drug/substance related disabilities
  • Engagement
  • Sensory Processing Disabilities
Keynote Speakers included:
Dr Barry Coughlan; Dr Glenys Jones; Prof Elizabeth Elliott; Alison Reevey; Jane Thistlethwaite

Jane Thistlethwaite, the face of Positive Path

The Face of Positive Path

Jane Thistlethwaite
Director of Positive Path International

M Ed.spec Ed, Autism (Chn), B.ed, Hghr Dip Tchg, Dip Esvi

Jane Thistlethwaite, Education Consultant and Director of Positive Path International, brings to her consultancy work her life experience as a visually impaired person and the fi rst to graduate from a New Zealand teachers college; an experienced classroom teacher in special needs, mainstream schools and at tertiary level; and a student and practitioner of both institutional and inclusive education philosophies.

Jane contributes to international research on children with Complex Learning Diffi culties and Disabilities, and has presented lectures at conferences and universities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand, Jane regularly provides student and teacher support and education both throughout New Zealand and internationally, on student engagement strategies, assessing and developing programmes for learners with autism and sensory problems. Jane has an M.Ed, Special Education Autism (Children), from the University of Birmingham; Post Graduate Diplomas in Education of Students with Vision Impairment; Bachelor of Education; and Higher Diploma of Teaching.