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 Prof Andy McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services; Alexandra Sturrock, Clinical Lecturer and Highly Specialist SALT at University of Manchester; Reece Coker, SEND Workshops and Training Manager at POINT; Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism; and Chris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor with Asperger Syndrome, Former Teacher and Multi-Award Winning Author.

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 - 11.10
Updates 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
11.20 - 12.00
How to make school a positive and supportive environment for autistic pupils
Alex Manners, Asperger's Champion, Author and Presenter
12.10 - 12.45
Classroom interventions for social and communication difficulties
Reece Coker, SEND Workshops and Training Manager at POINT
12.55 - 13.30
“I can’t go to school but I want to learn”: Providing a secure base and reducing barriers to learning
Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
13.40 - 14.20
Improving the sensory environment for autistic pupils
Sara Kennard, Advanced OT and SIP at National Autistic Society
14.30 - 15.10
Understanding distressed behaviour and minimising the triggers at school
Prof Andy McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
15.20 - 15.50
Social and communication strategies for the classroom
Alexandra Sturrock, Clinical Lecturer and Highly Specialist SALT at University of Manchester, and Etienne Randolfi, Specialist SALT, autistic advocate and trainer
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.10
Updates 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
11.20 - 12.00
Ways to reduce anxiety for children and young people
Reece Coker, SEND Workshops and Training Manager at POINT
12.10 - 12.45
Ten things I wish I’d learned as a child with Asperger’sChris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor, Former School Teacher and Multi-Award Winning Writer
12.55 - 13.30
How social media can benefit autistic people
Connor Ward, Autistic Speaker, Consultant and Vlogger, Dan Jones (The Aspie World), Autistic YouTuber, Kevin Chapman, Autism Family YouTuber and Tyla Grant (Adulting Autistic), Autism Content Creator
13.40 - 14.20Transition and preparing for change
Rachel Babbidge, Transition Support Coordinator at National Autistic Society
14.30 - 15.05Distressed behaviour - understanding your child
Prof Andy McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
15.15 - 15.50What we can learn from research about wellbeing in autistic children and their families
Dr Kathy Leadbitter, Research Fellow at University of Manchester

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