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What's included

This module focuses on developing core skills of observation and interviewing. It provides practice activities for conducting observations along with techniques and guides for conducting teacher interviews.

  • Module toolkit (a workbook and 2 guides)

  • Instructional videos

  • Observation activities

Module Outline

The module includes the following lessons:

  • Steps to a successful preschool or school observation

  • Suitable teacher report measures

  • Observing and mapping behaviours

  • Interviewing techniques

  • Common challenges

Skill Development

This module focuses on the following skills:

  • Behavioural Observation

    Develop your knowledge of which behaviours to attune to and practice identifying them in typical versus atypical behaviour.

  • Collecting behavioural evidence

    Use interviewing and observation in a neutral manner to collect detailed information about behaviour.

  • Critical Thinking

    Evaluate the available information to make sound judgements and decisions.

  • Coordinating with others

    Building rapport and relationships with referrers, clients and others towards excellent client care.


Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre

Dr Anne Chalfant

Anne is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre based in Sydney. A successful author, speaker, podcast host, and researcher in child development and mental health, she consults across Australia and globally. Anne is internationally regarded for her expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a member of both the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). Anne began her early career developing and co-authoring the Autism Spectrum adaptation of the acclaimed Cool Kids Anxiety Program. She received the Australian Psychological Society National Clinical Psychology Conference Prize for Early Career Research for this work. In 2011, she published the book, Managing Anxiety in People with Autism, which subsequently became a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Psychology section. It has since sold thousands of copies worldwide. She also published the children’s book “Wally the Worried Wallaby in Dog-Gone Trouble” and the related parent guide as a way to assist families in preventing and managing anxiety in young children. In 2004 Anne was a pioneer in establishing a multidisciplinary private practice, which specialised in helping children with developmental and mental health difficulties. For over 15 years Annie’s Centre was known as a centre for excellence in assessment, diagnosis and treatment for hundreds of children and families. Now Anne splits her time between caring for her own 5 children, producing the Annie’s Centre podcast as a free support service to families, and conducting training courses and workshops. These are highly regarded by medical and allied health professionals across the globe.