Autism and Sport Workshop


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The Autism and Sport workshop will provide you, the Sport Teachers and Coaches, with strategies to make your sports program inclusive of children with Autism.

In the workshop, you will focus on real problems you are facing, develop strategies and a toolkit to implement in an inclusive sports program.

The workshop is facilitated by experts in Autism and sports inclusion (Kieran Thorpe, Lecturer in Psychology, and Kellie Tait, Director of AAA Sports Ballarat).

Teachers and Coaches will join a live Zoom workshop on Tuesday afternoons (3:45 pm to 5:15 pm) for three weeks. These workshops are applied, meaning the focus is on problem-solving real problems teachers and coaches are facing.

Places are limited. This workshop is capped at 15 participants.


By the end of the workshop, teachers and coaches will develop:

  • A deeper understanding of Autism.
  • Practical strategies for the inclusion of students with Autism.
  • A range of activities to engage students with Autism in sport.
  • An increased understanding of anxiety and how best to support a child with Autism inclusion in sport.
  • Understanding of why different types of behaviour occur and how you can support a child with Autism.

Dates and Time

The workshops will be held in the afternoon 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm (AEST).

  • Workshop 1: Tuesday, 20th October 2020
  • Workshop 2: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

A weeks break, then

  • Workshop 3: Thursday, 5th November 2020

You will be provided with a Certificate of Completion and may be able to use it towards your Professional Development.


“I would like to thank you so much for running the online workshop. We are at a point in the development of our program that we very much need outside input to make our program more effective for all our players. We have such a range of abilities in our players and we very much want all the children to be able to reach thier potential. We think the stategies you have provided will help us with many of the issues we need to address and also for children across our children irrespective of the underlying conditions.” – Annette

“Thank you for facilitating the course which was well planned, communicated and balanced with personal experiences and available resources. The workshop will certainly assist myself and the club in ensuring we provide a program that benefits our All Abilities program.” – Greg

“Thankyou sincerely Kieran and Kellie. I got so much out of these sessions. It has been invaluable.” – Thiago


  • Regular cost: $350 (booked after Tuesday 13th October 2020).
  • Early Bird: $199 (booked on or before Tuesday 13th October 2020).

If you would like to register now and pay later via an invoice. Please email to hold your place.

Please Note

  • This workshop is provided completely online using Zoom and Slack. (This information will be provided prior to the start of the workshop series.)
  • You will need access to a laptop or computer with a working webcam and microphone as well as a reliable internet connection.
  • Download Zoom. Zoom is the video conferencing tool we will use. It works a lot like Google Hangouts or Skype. You will need to create an account to join the call.
  • We will provide a link to the workshop via email 24 hours in advance – keep an eye on your inbox.

About the Instructors

Kieran Thorpe BHealthSc, GDipPsych, MSc (Psych), MAPS

Kieran is the Founder and Director of The Wellbeing Project ( He is also a Lecturer in Psychology at Federation University. His area of practice and research expertise is in neurodevelopmental conditions, including Autism, Aspergers’, and ADHD. His research at the Deakin Child Study Centre and Australian Centre for Quality of Life has placed him as a world expert in Autism and Quality of Life. With 13 years of experience and over 12,000 hours working with children, adolescents and adults with Autism, alongside their families, he is in a unique position to understand the challenges and opportunities that Autism presents.

Kieran has presented at national and international conferences, including the Asia Pacific Autism Conference and the Australian Society for Autism Research.

Kellie Tait

Kellie Tait is the Founder and Coordinator of AAA Sport Consulting and the AAA Sport Program in Ballarat, Victoria. Most importantly, Kellie is also a mum of three

Join our amazing panel as they discuss the important role that sports play in security and the rules-based international order.

About this Event

The NATO Associaiton of Canada is happy to announce our upcoming panel on the important role that sports play in security, cooperation, and rehabilitation. This panel will host four dedicated speakers who will discuss how they have used sports to integrate and interact with local populations and other armed forces, and how they have been used as a tool of soft-power diplomacy and to help injured service members recuperate.

Included in our panel is Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Edward Staiowski, who joined the Canadian Armed Forces after a 10 year professional hockey Career as a goalie sith the St.Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets and Hartford Whalers.

With the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-Colonel Staniowski served on multiple operational deployments including United Nations / NATO missions in the Middle East (1991), Croatia (1992), Bosnia (1996), and as Canadian Contingent Commander to the International Military Advisory Team in Sierra Leone, West Africa (2004). His most recent overseas deployments were to Afghanistan with the International Stabilization Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2008 and 2010. Service with foreign allies has included training and operations with the armies of New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Sierra Leone, the Netherlands, Afghanistan and the United States.

Military sports participation included captaining the 1990 CAF Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) Pentathlon Team, coaching two CAF Regional Champion Woman’s Ice Hockey Teams (CFB Winnipeg and CFB Kingston), Coaching the CAF Solder On Team Canada at the 2014 NHL Outdoor Classic and again at the 2018 Memorial Cup Heritage Classic. In 2019 Lieutenant-Colonel Staniowski trained and coached the CAF Shooting Team at the NATO Military Shooting Competition Cologne, Germany. He is a dedicated ambassador for CAF regional, national and international sports.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our other amazing panelists!

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