The Autism Matters Theatre

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 Research Autism.

Prof Jonathan Green

Just some of this year’s highlights include talks from Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Manchester and lead researcher of PACT; Dr Caroline Bond, Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at The University of Manchester; Dr Stephen Tyler, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University; and novelist Kathy Lette and her son, Holby City actor Jules Robertson, who is on the autism spectrum.

Dr Caroline Bond

Sound is relayed to the audience through wireless headsets to reduce noise levels in the hall.

Dr Stephen Tyler

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis so please arrive at the theatre as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.

We are currently finalising this year’s theatre programme. The full schedule will appear here next month. In the meantime, if you haven’t visited before, you can view last year’s programme below to gain a good impression of what the show has to offer.

Friday 1st July 2016

10.45 - 11.25

Updates and initiatives: a round up of current issues in autism research, policy and practice

Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at The National Autistic Society

11.30 - 11.55

How to choose the right autism interventions

Bernard Fleming, Information Manager at Research Autism

12.00 - 12.45

So how does positive behaviour support improve my quality of life?

Angela Stanton-Greenwood, TCI Consultant to Cornell University, USA

12.50 - 13.25

Women and girls with autism – past, present and future

Dr Liz Hurley, Research and Autism Information Officer at Autism West Midlands

13.35 - 14.25

Autism through the lifespan: what makes a difference?

Dr Glenys Jones, Chartered Psychologist and researcher in the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the School of Education, University of Birmingham

14.35 - 15.25

The National Autism Project - cost-effectiveness in autism interventions

Dr Ian Ragan, NAP Director, Neuropharmacologist and Biomedical Consultant

15.35 - 16.35

Sensory processing and influence on participation in ASD

Dr Dido Green, Occupational Therapist and Reader in Rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University

Saturday 2nd July 2016

10.45 - 11.25

Updates and initiatives: a round up of current issues in autism research, policy and practice

Richard Mills, Research Director at Research Autism

11.35 - 12.25

Autism and architecture

Simon Humphreys, Autism Specialist Architect

12.35 - 13.25

Building bridges: creating partnerships between autistic and research communities

Dr Emma Gowen, Senior Lecturer and Co-director of the Body, Eyes and Movement (BEAM) lab at The University of Manchester

13.35 - 14.25

The top ten autism research questions according to autistic adults, families and clinicans

Dr James Cusack, Research Director at Autistica

14.35 - 15.25

Understanding offending behaviour in people with ASD

Dr Juli Crocombe, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in Neurodevelopmental Disorders at St Andrew's and Chair of the Advisory Board to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism

15.35 - 16.20

From school humiliation to internationally acclaimed artist

Willard Wigan MBE, micro-sculptor on the autism spectrum


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