The Autism Matters Theatre

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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 this year’s highlights include talks from Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern, Presenters of Channel 4’s Are You Autistic?;  Prof Dido Green, Specialist Research Occupational Therapist at Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Jo Bromley, Service Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Clinical Service for Children with Disabilities, CAMHS at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Khalid Karim, Clinical Teaching Fellow at University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Leicestershire Partnership Trust; and Connor Ward, Autism Vlogger and Consultant.

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.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.05Updates and initiatives: a round-up of current issues in autism research, policy and practiceCarol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society
11.15 - 11.55Reducing anxiety and improving mental health in autistic children and young adultsDr Sue Granger, Autism Practice Facilitator (Schools) at the National Autistic Society
12.05 - 12.45Effective support for autistic children in mainstream schoolsSharonne Horlock, Strategic Leader at SEND
12.55 - 13.35Social and communication difficulties and interventions in a classroom settingSimone Leese and Emma-Kay Belcher, Specialist ASC Teachers at the Salford Learning Support Service
13.45 - 14.25Supporting pupils with sensory difficultiesProf Dido Green, Specialist Research Occupational Therapist at Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
14.35 - 15.15Supporting autistic pupils with ADHD Dr Khalid Karim, Clinical Teaching Fellow at University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Leicestershire Partnership Trust
15.25 - 16.00Restoring positivity to the stressed classroom – an analytical approach to addressing challenging behavioursSue Stephens, Trainer and Consultant
16.10 - 16.50Transdisciplinary working within a specialist schoolDanielle Sloan, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at NAS Daldorch House School
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.05Updates and initiatives: a round-up of current issues in autism research, policy and practiceCarol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society
11.15 - 11.50How I turned my autism into a careerConnor Ward, Autism Vlogger and Consultant
12.00 - 12.40Supporting your autistic child through schoolJessie Hewitson, Author, and Journalist at The Times
12.50 - 13.30Small changes - making adjustments to deal with challenging behavioursSue Stephens, Trainer and Consultant
13.40 - 14.20Mental health strategies - positive effects of stimming, embracing special interests and removing the maskGeorgia Harper and Sam Ahern, Presenters of Channel 4's Are You Autistic?
14.30 - 15.05Alec and Bobby are in the building: creating a positive perspective to influence your parenting style Debby Elley, Author and Co-Editor of AuKids magazine
15.15 - 15.50Understanding your child's behaviour and reducing stress at homeDr Jo Bromley, Service Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Dr Samantha Todd, Clinical Psychologist, for the Clinical Service for Children with Disabilities at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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