The Hub: Theatre 2

Learn new strategies and approaches for the home and classroom in The Hub: Theatre 2.

Hub 2

Last year’s programme included presentations on subjects such as enabling learners to prepare for adulthood and employment; transition into adult services; autism and dyscalculia; how to improve learning ability in children with ASD; and tackling sensory and motor challenges.

The Hub: Theatre 2 has a seating capacity of 80 and 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.

Please note that the 2018 programme is yet to be announced but you can view last year’s programme by clicking below.

Friday 30th June 2017

10.20 – 10.40

An app for developing personalised timetables, social stories, patient journeys and independence

Jane Stroud, CEO of ActiVise Software

10.45 – 11.05

A longitudinal case study to demonstrate real life outcomes through the use of intensive interaction

Wendy Sparling, Principal of Oliver House School, Priory Group

11.10 – 11.30

Making sense of self injury

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

11.35 – 11.55

Applied behaviour analysis: A flexible, individualised, and collaborative approach to support individuals with complex behavioural needs

Cormac Duffy BA MSc, Registered Manager at Beam ABA Services and published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

12.00 – 12.20

Introducing the first Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) for adults with autism

Dr Rachel Worthington, Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead of Autism Services at Mental Health Care UK (MHC)

12.25 – 12.45

Understanding positive behavioural support for schools and supported living

Dr Kate Strutt, Director and Clinical Psychologist at Redstone Psychology and PBS

12.50 – 13.10

Benefits of weighted products to an anxious nervous system

Dale Spademan, Sales and Marketing Director at Kingkraft and Sensorykraft

13.15 – 13.35

Using an autism profile to raise attainment 

Jasmine Miller, Principal of New Struan Day and Residential School, part of Scottish Autism

13.40 – 14.00

The importance of profiling the barriers to learning in people with autism

Alex Hurle, Project Lead for Autism Progress

14.05 – 14.25

Putting positive behaviour support (PBS) into complex environments and services

Laura Higgins, Service Manager Autism Service at St Mary’s Hospital, part of St George Healthcare Group

14.30 – 14.50

Supported employment – Getting employers on board

Ali Bishop, Head of Supported Employment at United Response

14.55 – 15.15

A holistic integrated approach to ensure successful personalised transitions

Iain Sim, Principal and Nicky Tolley, Head of Therapy and Additional Support Service at West Kirby School and College

15.20 – 15.40

Autism and the 7 Fields of Practice

Constantin Court, Director of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education at Ruskin Mill Trust

15.45 – 16.05

Transition planning for young people on the autism spectrum preparing to leave school

Rachel Babbidge, Transition Support Service Coordinator at The National Autistic Society

16.10 – 16.30

Neurodevelopmental disorders: Co­-occurrence the rule not the exception (ASD, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia)

Dr Madeleine Portwood, Witherslack Group Clinical Director

16.35 - 16.55

Transforming home-school engagement with a school app

Chris Moss, Director of Sales and Marketing at Piota

Saturday 1st July 2017

10.20 – 10.40

EHCPs – Is the new system working?

Eleanor Wright, Coordinator and Solicitor at SOS!SEN

10.50 – 11.10

Transition into adult services – Sharing a parent’s perspective

Anna Selby-Wells, Marketing Manager of Home From Home Care

11.20 – 11.40

Improving sensory processing – A practical way forward

Steven Michaëlis, CEO at Sensory Activation Solutions

11.50 – 12.10

Joys and challenges of a child with autism: Helping my son progress from diagnosis at 18 months to almost 16 years old

Lesley Burton, Parent of a child with autism and Founder of SenseToys

12.20 – 12.40

Same difference: A parent/student insight into a residential specialist college

Helen Pocknell, Teacher/Assessor at Derwen College

12.50 - 13.10

Into Film and our work with SEN schools: Film as an effective tool for academic learning and wider understanding

Tarah Patel, Programme Coordinator at Into Film

13.20 – 13.40

Neurodevelopmental disorders: Co-occurrence the rule not the exception (ASD, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia)

Dr Madeleine Portwood, Witherslack Group Clinical Director

13.50 – 14.10

Sensory issues in the real world

Clare Meaney, Company Partner at Multi Sensory World

14.20 - 14.40

Education, Health and Care Plans: How to get better provision

Jeff Hughes, Director and Registered Practitioner Psychologist at

14.50 – 15.10

Your guide to achieving complete peace of mind: Wills, lasting power of attorney and trusts

Susanna Collins, Consultant at Estate Planning Solutions

15.20 - 15.40

Preventing disability discrimination in schools and making reasonable adjustments for children and young people on the autism spectrum

Carla Manini Rowden, Education Rights and Lifelong Learning Services Manager at The National Autistic Society

15.50 - 16.10

Positive behaviour support (PBS) in an autism specialist school

Sonya Mulvaney, Speech and Language Therapy Team Lead with BCBA responsibilities at the Together Trust


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