Developing Social Skills for Children with Diverse Learning Needs with Sue Larkey – On-Demand Course


✅ What to Teach, How to Teach, When to Teach: Ideas and Strategies for teaching Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to promote student wellbeing.

✅ Improved Learning Outcomes: Two-thirds of students improve their performance and wellbeing with the addition of an SEL program.

🎉 SEL Secret: Discover the one thing about Social Emotional Learning and student wellbeing wished to be known 20 years ago.

✅ Key Teaching Methods: Apply four strategies to teach students how to cope with losing, missing out, or not getting what they want, enhancing their overall wellbeing.

✅ Practical Tips: Gain useful advice for implementing SEL in the classroom to support student wellbeing.

✅ Learn from a Lived Experience: Gain useful insights and ideas to foster student wellbeing.

✅ Effective Communication Strategies: Learn techniques to foster open and honest communication with students, creating a safe space for them to express their emotions and concerns, thereby promoting their wellbeing.

✅ Building Resilience: Discover activities and exercises that help students develop resilience, enabling them to bounce back from setbacks and face challenges with confidence, ultimately contributing to their overall wellbeing.

NESA, CPD, PL, VIT & TQI Accredited PD – Completing Developing Social Skills for Children with Diverse Learning Needs with Sue Larkey will contribute 3 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
Accredited PD in the priority area of Students/children with Disability addressing
Standard Descriptor(s) 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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Course Modules

Module 1

  • Learn the multiple learning styles for neurodiverse students to increase social awareness and skills
  • Apply the ACARA Framework to classroom practice
  • Learn and apply the Four Common Teaching Methods to teach Social and Emotional Learning
  • Understand how to differentiate your teaching strategies for a truly inclusive classroom experience.
  • Hear from a Lived Experience: Dean Beadle, as he shares his personal journey with Autism

Module 2

  • Differentiated Teaching: Learn how to tailor teaching strategies to support social skills management for students with neurodiversity.
  • Apply ACARA Framework Personal and Social Capability framework to focus on working collaboratively and making decisions to empower your students.
  • Utilize the Theory of the Six Stages of Play to identify and support your neurodiverse students’ collaboration skills.
  • Enhance Neurodiverse student’s development in the Personal and Social learning continuum.
  •  Key Social Skills to Consider: Delve into the crucial aspects of social skills, including body language, tone of voice, greetings, and more.

Module 3

  • Promote Reasonable Adjustments & Strategies: Learn the importance of adjustments and teaching strategies for developing social awareness, decision-making, and social management in neurodiverse students.
  •  Six Stages of Friendship Development.
  • Understanding the Role of Friendships, turn-taking, and positive relationships in your classroom for diverse students.
  • Align your teaching with the Australian Disability Standards for Education 205 to ensure equal access and support.
  • Enrol your Community to develop and implement inclusive social and emotional adjustments for your students across all school environments.
Loved learning different strategies to use with neurodiverse students who are struggling socially. Great games and activities


Getting a deeper insight on ways to support our neurodiverse students.

Small but effective strategies that support ALL students as they develop



The practical ideas which followed on from the theory.


Brilliant. The stages of development – Play and friendships, strategies and resources.


Developing Social Skill for Children with Diverse Needs Participant's Evaluations

How do you think this course has helped you? How useful was the course? Would you recommend this course to others? Start Date
Open-Ended Response Response Response
It has helped me gain a better understanding of neurodiverse children and their social needs/challenges.   It has helped to explore concrete ways to help these children navigate their social world and hopefully make real friends in ways that are comfortable for them. Excellent Yes 2023-07-25 19:42:31
It gave me some practical tips and suggested some extra resources. Satisfactory Yes 2023-07-24 21:14:06
Given me more to work on socially with my little neurodiverse student. It's also given me more strategies to work socially with the neurotypical students as well. Excellent Yes 2023-07-21 07:15:38
It will help me in my everyday work load Excellent Yes 2023-07-20 12:55:04
It has made me more aware that we all need friends. Excellent Yes 2023-07-20 14:32:06
We all need a friend and how we can go about finding that special friend. Excellent Yes 2023-07-20 12:33:39
Practical strategies to implement. Very Good Yes 2023-07-20 13:07:01
Awareness of the social needs of neurodiverse students and how to help them Very Good Yes 2023-07-18 11:15:33
Understanding our children in our kindergarten room. Very Good Yes 2023-07-17 19:41:14
This course has helped me understand how my neurodiverse students social and what are their actual needs in the school environment. Excellent Yes 2023-07-16 13:47:01
improving my knowledge and skills Excellent Yes 2023-07-13 17:04:19
Greater awareness and insight to challenges faced by students. Many Strategies now to help improve their experience and development. Excellent Yes 2023-07-12 13:09:35
Particularly in supporting my neuro diverse students to develop and maintain friendships and to better manage the playground. Excellent Yes 2023-07-09 12:24:11
Support many of my neurotypical and non-neurotypical students. Excellent Yes 2023-07-08 10:08:51
Take a step back and think more inclusive, how is that child coping, feeling, what do they need exactly. We do that to a point, but I feel like I need to do it more so. Very Good Yes 2023-07-07 20:13:11
I'm a Therapist new to working in a school and looking at ways to deliver SEL groups, this has given me concepts to make sure I cover Very Good Yes 2023-07-06 19:36:32
Made be think about our playground more Excellent Yes 2023-07-06 12:27:25
Excellent 2023-07-06 11:02:16
It has provided me with some useful activities to implement in my classroom Very Good Yes 2023-07-05 16:32:33
it helped me to understand the why and to explain the why in different  ways of teaching my children Excellent Yes 2023-07-05 11:15:12
I know how to explicitly teach communication skills to ADHD and neuro diverse student in my class and how to engineer and support another student to develop friendships. Excellent Yes 2023-07-04 17:03:37
It has given me more perspective on students in my class who are neurodiverse, and to adapt my teaching to their needs Excellent Yes 2023-07-03 21:27:47
Helped me to confirm that I am doing the 'right' thing in supporting neurodiverse students in my classroom. If anthing, that I should go more with what I think is 'right' and ignore what others may think. I forget how much knowledge I do already have about all of this and that I should be more confident in my knowledge and understanding and should stand by my practice in class/at school. Thank you! Excellent Yes 2023-07-03 15:37:14
This course has helped broaden my understanding of how to differentiate for students who are neurodivergent. Excellent Yes 2023-06-29 18:17:47
Ideas to try with my children Very Good Yes 2023-06-29 09:57:30
Ideas  on what I can be doing to support diverse learners, skills and activities I can share with the TAs and content I can use to communicate with collegues. Excellent Yes 2023-06-28 09:05:27
it has given me some useful strategies for a student that i work with. Very Good Yes 2023-06-27 14:16:44
  i am more tuned in to childrens social needs and how to hep effectively. Excellent Yes 2023-06-25 19:10:58
I am more aware of the challenges faced by children socially and how to begin to help Excellent Yes 2023-06-23 10:51:18
Satisfactory Yes 2023-06-25 14:41:57
It has refreshed and updated me with research the ACARA curriculum,  stages of play and the friendship pyramid. It has really helped me to reflect on my students and what I can do to support executive functioning, social emotional learning when I am tutoring them. It also touched my heart strings of beng a light for authentic inclusion and supporting my students who come to me for tutoring and for their parents who are on their own journeys wth neurodiversity. Thank you. Excellent Yes 2023-06-25 13:27:55
Its brought things to my attention that I hadn't previously thought about, and its given me insights into how my children are processing what is happening in their day at school, and where there worries come from. Excellent Yes 2023-06-24 08:17:22
I feel that i can now go away and develop some small scoial group and clubs to support our diverse learners. Excellent Yes 2023-06-23 15:00:24
Increased understanding of Autistic learners view of the world and society which shapes their behaviour and social interaction Excellent Yes 2023-06-23 14:29:04
Building confidence in my existing knowledge and broadening the knowledge I have and resources I can access to continue my professional development and better support student needs. Excellent Yes 2023-06-20 17:47:43
It's a much clearer picture into the diverse brain and helps me relate to a particular boy in my class this year. Both his parents and I would like two things - to engage in learning and to make friendship connections Very Good Yes 2023-06-22 12:34:34
Very Good Yes 2023-06-22 16:10:01
yes Excellent Yes 2023-06-22 09:08:41
Very Good Yes 2023-06-21 20:10:42
Understanding stages of play and friendship pyramid  Ideas for clubs  different ways of teaching SEL - direct, engineered and incidental Excellent Yes 2023-06-20 18:39:04
How to teach friendships and emotions to students Excellent Yes 2023-06-20 11:46:57
Very Good 2023-06-19 13:07:16
Very Good Yes 2023-06-19 12:18:38
It has helped me to understand where my current students are at and how to best support them inside and outside of the classroom. Thank you! Excellent Yes 2023-06-18 07:38:15
Good Yes 2023-06-17 18:57:36
I will definitely start some lunchtime groups Very Good Yes 2023-06-17 14:11:21
clarify how/ when /and who may need assistance with social skills. Excellent Yes 2023-06-16 19:13:16
Gave me lots of ideas. Excellent Yes 2023-06-16 11:51:16
better understanding, great tips Very Good Yes 2023-06-13 13:01:43
Given me definition of executive functioning and examples to use in the classroom for all students. Very Good Yes 2023-06-11 11:14:12
It helped me to understand children with diverse learning needs and offered me a range of practical strategies to implemented in my classroom. Excellent Yes 2023-06-09 12:23:58
reminds me of things I need to work on with my students Excellent Yes 2023-06-08 20:28:05
Ideas and strategies.  Greater awareness and insight into social and friendship challenges and the importance of teaching them. Excellent Yes 2023-06-02 17:36:27
Lots of ideas and strategies.  Further insight into social emotional challenges and the need for awareness and teaching of social and friendship skills. Excellent Yes 2023-06-02 12:11:52
Made me stop and think about ways to support friendship growth. Very Good Yes 2023-06-02 14:14:51
Ensuring my son is supported in the playground at school Excellent Yes 2023-05-28 23:11:20
structure of teaching social skills Excellent Yes 2023-05-28 15:38:39
Very Good 2023-05-28 14:25:09
I will definitely set up some clubs at my school Excellent Yes 2023-05-26 10:03:33
It has given me a few new ideas to discuss with colleagues and hopefully implement. Very Good Yes 2023-05-24 12:09:10