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DOT(WA) holds meetings and local PD info sessions every second month from 6:30pm until about 8:30pm. We are currently using Zoom for all meetings as our regular meeting ‘venue’ as there are room capacity limits at our usual venue, Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley. We are aiming for meetings in the first week on the month and will generally be on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, but the week and day chosen may vary due to presenter availability. Zoom videoconferencing facilities will remain available, even once we return to face to face meetings.

The professional development will start at 6:30 and will be followed directly by the meeting at about 7:30/8. Please remember to bring along a ‘Good, Bad or Ugly resource’ that you have found to share during the meeting.

To dial in through Zoom, please follow the following steps.
1. Prior to the meeting, download Zoom onto your phone, tablet or computer. The free Zoom
app is available from the App Store or Google play, or you can find it here: https://zoom.us/download.
2. 5 minutes before the meeting, click the link provided (see below or in the newsletter).
3. Check your video audio by clicking ‘Settings’ at the bottom left of the screen. Enable audio and video, but ensure your microphone is on mute.
4. If you wish to ask a question, make a comment etc during the meeting, don’t forget to unmute yourself.
5. To finish the meeting or disconnect, click ‘Leave meeting’ at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Zoom Considerations to ensure the meeting runs as smoothly as possible.
1. Ensure your microphone is on mute, if you have a question, unmute yourself.
2. Look at your video image and ensure it is clear and not distracting. Avoid lights behind you as these cause a lot of glare, and if there are going to be lots of movement behind you (children, people walking around, traffic etc), please turn your video off. Equally if you are eating, moving around etc, please turn your video off.
3. If you have connection issues, consider how many devices are using the internet connection and if some can be disconnected/not used. Alternatively consider using your mobile data. Turning your video off and closing unused tabs or apps can help with poor connection.
4. Try to stay focused and avoid multitasking- pretend you are in the same room as the presenter.
There is a significant lag between when you speak and when the person hears you. If you wish to ask a question, get the presenters attention by saying ‘I have a question’ and wait until they acknowledge, you can also raise your hand to get visual attention too. When you are done, acknowledge that you are finished by saying ‘Thank you’, ‘I’m done’ etc.
Try to have only one person talking at one time, and speak clearly and slowly.

Upcoming monthly PD includes

AUGUST DOT(WA) PD & Meeting (online-only)
Date: Tuesday, 10th August, 2021
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Topic: Triple P Parenting, what it is and what it isn’t.
Presented by: Leigh Dix

Triple P-positive parenting is a flexible, evidence-based, multilevel, preventively oriented parenting and family support strategy developed by the Matthew Sanders and his colleagues at the University of Queensland. The program aims to prevent severe behavioural, emotional, and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents. This presentation will discuss the many delivery formats and variations of Triple P, as well as discussing Triple P strategies, including the use of quiet time and time out. What does it mean to discipline a child?  And where do these practices fit in the debate around child mental health, attachment, trauma and restrictive practice?

Leigh Dix, an accredited Triple P practitioner for the past 25 years, is uniquely positioned within the Health and Disability Services sectors to discuss this topic.  Leigh’s work as a Occupational Therapist, trainer, and mentor spans more than 25-years. She has provided OT consultation and training to the education and disability sectors in WA and in a number of developing countries, including Fiji, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Myanmar. She combines practical experience with extensive research, having completed a Masters in Autism Studies, winning the prestigious Edward Newell Memorial Prize for her research into early Autism detection. She is currently a consultant OT with ISADD, and part of the research team undertaking the GAME and REACH studies for infants and young children with Cerebral Palsy, as well as working as a Senior OT with the Child Development Service.

How to Dial in

Zoom video conference details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89097846934

If you have difficulty joining the meeting on the day and require support from the DOT(WA) Executive Committee, message/call Jacqui Hunt on 0407 834 097.

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