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 The National Autistic Society.

Travis and Lucy

Just some of this year’s highlights include talks from Lorraine Petersen, Education Consultant Specialising in SEND and Previously Chief Executive of NASEN; Travis Smith, Actor who plays Mark in BBC’s The A Word, Singer and Autism Advocate; Joanna Dziopa, Deputy Head at Queensmill School; and Dave Hewett, Trainer and Consultant; Director of the Intensive Interaction Institute.

Lorraine Peterson

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 at the theatre as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.

Friday 29th June 2018

Time
Title
Speaker
10.30 - 11.10

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

11.20 - 12.10

Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Classroom – How to Recognise the Signs in Autistic Students and Strategies to Help

Gareth D Morewood, Director of Curriculum Support (SENCo) at Priestnall School

12.20 - 13.10

Teaching Approaches for Children with PDA

Jilly Davis, Senior Specialist Teacher at NAS Robert Ogden School

13.20 - 14.00

Students with Autism and ADHD - Top Tips for Teachers

Joanna Dziopa, Deputy Head at Queensmill School

14.10 - 14.50

Meeting the Needs of Pupils with Autism and Learning Difficulties in Mainstream Schools

Lynn McCann, Autism Specialist, Teacher and Consultant at Reachout ASC

15.00 -15.50

How Sensory Difficulties Can Impact on Behaviour at School and How to Help

Paul Isaacs, Autistic Speaker, Trainer, Author and Consultant

16.00 - 16.45

Inclusion - What Does This Really Mean? Best Practice Guidelines for True Inclusion of Autistic Pupils

Lorraine Petersen, Education Consultant Specialising in SEND and Previously Chief Executive of NASEN

Saturday 30th June 2018

Time
Title
Speaker
10.45 - 11.25

Updates and Initiatives: A Round-up of Current Issues in Autism Research, Policy and Practice

Lorraine Dormand, Principal at NAS Robert Ogden School

11.35 - 12.15

Recognising Signs of Anxiety and Strategies to Help Parents/Carers Support Young Autistic People

Tracey Williamson and Margaret Kelly, ASD Trainers at Liverpool City Council

12.25 – 13.15

Supporting Autistic Children with Transition into Primary and from Primary to Secondary School

Joanna Dziopa, Deputy Head at Queensmill School

13.25 - 14.00

Playing to Our Strengths, Not Focussing on Perceived Weaknesses

Travis Smith, Actor who plays Mark in BBC's The A Word, Singer and Autism Advocate, interviewed by Lucy Gaskell, Actor who plays Mark's mum Sophie in BBC's The A Word

14.10 – 15.00

Communicating with Autistic People who Find Language Difficult Using Intensive Interaction

Dave Hewett, Trainer and Consultant; Director of the Intensive Interaction Institute

15.10 – 15.50

Managing Challenging Behaviour at Home

Geoff Evans, Independent Autism Trainer and Consultant

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