Wednesday 19th of July 2017 10am-3pm

“Different Minds Create Diverse Communities”

Tintinara War Memorial Hall 
Includes lunch

Tintinara Regional Area Development Enterprise Inc. (TRADE) hosts “Different Minds Create Diverse Communities”

Explore ways children can investigate their interests. Learn the benefits of raising children in a rural environment. Experts in the Autism field will share their knowledge and give practical strategies for educators, SSO and parents.

Dr. Grandin will celebrate that every community needs different minds.
Dr. Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and a spokesperson for autism. Dr. Grandin is also a prominent author and speaker.

Dr Temple Grandin Ted speech quote “Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.”

Dr. Grandin’s books include ~ The Autistic Brain ~ Thinking in Pictures ~  The Way I See It ~ Different … Not Less ~ and the list goes on. What an opportunity to listen to one of the worlds most recognised spokespersons for autism.

Other Keynote Speakers

Lexie Dryden
has worked for Autism SA for over 15 years and is currently within the Specialised Support Services as a Consultant for the Southern Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Barossa and Clare Regions. She also worked as a Regional Training Team Member with Positive Partnerships and has also been the Key Local Professional for this program. She was previously employed at Minda Inc for over 12 years in residential and vocational settings. Lexie has had an almost lifelong interest in autism and strives to learn as much as she can about this and the people who are impacted upon by this area of Neurodiversity. Presenting is a passion and she loves being able to share this knowledge to support understanding of the spectrum to those who will take the time to listen. Topics: Understanding the Autism Spectrum,  Strategies to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum 



Jan Prentice brings a wealth of experience from her teaching background in both city and country mainstream settings to Autism SA. She currently works as a Consultant in the Specialised Support Services and supports the Northern Suburbs, Gawler Region, Limestone Coast, Whyalla and the South East regions. Over the years, she has worked with students from Kindergarten through to Year 12, and has really enjoyed the past 14 years within the Special Ed setting supporting students, families and teachers. She has a real passion for supporting students on the spectrum, and strives maximise their success as they journey through life.

Topics: Raising children on the autism spectrum in Rural settings, Autism Support Services




Time Presenter Topic
10am TRADE MC Welcome
Autism SA – Lexie Dryden Understanding the Autism Spectrum
Dr Temple Grandin Personal experiences with Teachers & SSO’s (Educational Setting)
Dr Temple Grandin Questions / Answers
Autism SA – Lexie Dryden Strategies to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum
12:15pm Lunch
1pm Autism SA- Jan Prentice Raising children on the autism spectrum in Rural settings
Autism SA- Jan Prentice Autism Support Services
Dr Temple Grandin Benefits in raising children in a rural setting – for parents and community
Dr Temple Grandin Questions / Answers
Autism SA- Cassie Raymond Autism Friendly Charter
3:00pm Dr Temple Grandin Book Signing
3:00pm Light refreshments

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