Hear the UK’s leading autism professionals, researchers and campaigners discussing the latest news and views on the condition in The Autism Matters Theatre in partnership with the National Autistic Society.
Just some of next year’s highlights include talks from Dr Nicola Crossley, Director of Education and Children’s Services at the National Autistic Society; Colin Foley, National Director of Training at the ADHD Foundation; Prof Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester; Lynn McCann, Autism Specialist Teacher, Trainer and Author at Reachout ASC; and Reena Anand, Writer and Speaker on Autism in BAME Communities.
Sound is relayed to the audience through wireless headsets to reduce noise levels in the hall.
Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.
|10.30 - 11.10||An extraordinary 60 years... let's make the next 60 count||Dr Nicola Crossley, Director of Education and Children’s Services at the National Autistic Society|
|11.20 - 12.00||Creating positive environments at school to minimise distressed behaviours||Katie Goodwin, Assistant Head of Abbey Hill School and College
|12.10 - 12.50||Mental health in young autistic people - spotting the warning signs and providing support||Clare Langton, Autism Lead and Child Centred Psychotherapist at Priestnall School|
|13.00 - 13.40||Pathological demand avoidance (PDA)||Lynn McCann, Autism Specialist Teacher, Trainer and Author, and Sarah Loveridge, Autism Specialist Teacher and Trainer, at Reachout ASC
|13.50 - 14.30||Using social stories™ to support children with autism in school: reflections from the ASSSIST-2 trial||Dr Jane Blackwell, Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator), and Dr Kerry Bell, Assistant Professor, at the University of York
|14.40 - 15.15||Steps to encourage inclusion and avoid the exclusion of autistic children and young people||Andy Cutting, Education Rights Lead at the National Autistic Society, and Sarah Broadhurst, Director of the Autism Education Trust|
|15.20 - 15.55||Evidenced early intervention to support your family's journey - Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)||Professor Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester, and Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre Hon Consultant at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; and Louisa Harrison, Parent and PACT (Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy) Therapist and Trainer
|10.30 - 11.10||An extraordinary 60 years... let's make the next 60 count||Dr Nicola Crossley, Director of Education and Children’s Services at the National Autistic Society
|11.20 - 12.00||Championing your autistic teen at senior school: a collaborative approach between parents and schools||Debby Elley, Co-Founder of AuKids Magazine, and Gareth D Morewood, Educational Advisor to Studio III and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester
|12.10 - 12.50||Finding my tribe - using peer support groups to build confidence and empower autistic children and young adults||Helen Boden, CEO of I AM Celebrating Autism
|13.00 - 13.40||Why race and ethnicity matters when supporting autistic individuals and their families||Reena Anand, Writer and Speaker on Autism in BAME communities
|13.50 - 14.30||Autism-positive approaches to language and communication support in mainstream settings||Dr Alexandra Sturrock, Clinical Lecturer at the University of Manchester, and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at The Roundway Centre; and Eti Randolphi, Autistic Speech and Language Therapist|
|14.40 - 15.15||Sensory trauma: autism, sensory difference and the daily experience of fear||Emma Reardon, Director, and Dr Rorie Fulton, Founding Director, of Autism Wellbeing|
|15.20 - 15.55||Autism and ADHD||Colin Foley, National Director of Training at the ADHD Foundation|