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 next year’s highlights include talks from Dr Nicola Crossley, Director of Education and Children’s Services at the National Autistic Society; Colin Foley, National Director of Training at the ADHD Foundation; Prof Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester; Lynn McCann, Autism Specialist Teacher, Trainer and Author at Reachout ASC; and Reena Anand, Writer and Speaker on Autism in BAME Communities.

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
An extraordinary 60 years... let's make the next 60 countDr Nicola Crossley, Director of Education and Children’s Services at the National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00
Creating positive environments at school to minimise distressed behavioursKatie Goodwin, Assistant Head of Abbey Hill School and College

12.10 - 12.50
Mental health in young autistic people - spotting the warning signs and providing supportClare Langton, Autism Lead and Child Centred Psychotherapist at Priestnall School
13.00 - 13.40
Pathological demand avoidance (PDA)

Lynn McCann, Autism Specialist Teacher, Trainer and Author, and Sarah Loveridge, Autism Specialist Teacher and Trainer, at Reachout ASC
13.50 - 14.30Using social stories™ to support children with autism in school: reflections from the ASSSIST-2 trial
Dr Jane Blackwell, Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator), and Dr Kerry Bell, Assistant Professor, at the University of York

14.40 - 15.15Steps to encourage inclusion and avoid the exclusion of autistic children and young people
Andy Cutting, Education Rights Lead at the National Autistic Society, and Sarah Broadhurst, Director of the Autism Education Trust
15.20 - 15.55Evidenced early intervention to support your family's journey - Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)Professor Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester, and Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre Hon Consultant at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; and Louisa Harrison, Parent and PACT (Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy) Therapist and Trainer

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.10
An extraordinary 60 years... let's make the next 60 countDr Nicola Crossley, Director of Education and Children’s Services at the National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00
Championing your autistic teen at senior school: a collaborative approach between parents and schools

Debby Elley, Co-Founder of AuKids Magazine, and Gareth D Morewood, Educational Advisor to Studio III and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester

12.10 - 12.50
Finding my tribe - using peer support groups to build confidence and empower autistic children and young adultsHelen Boden, CEO of I AM Celebrating Autism

13.00 - 13.40
Why race and ethnicity matters when supporting autistic individuals and their familiesReena Anand, Writer and Speaker on Autism in BAME communities

13.50 - 14.30
Autism-positive approaches to language and communication support in mainstream settingsDr Alexandra Sturrock, Clinical Lecturer at the University of Manchester, and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at The Roundway Centre; and Eti Randolphi, Autistic Speech and Language Therapist
14.40 - 15.15
Sensory trauma: autism, sensory difference and the daily experience of fearEmma Reardon, Director, and Dr Rorie Fulton, Founding Director, of Autism Wellbeing
15.20 - 15.55
Autism and ADHD
Colin Foley, National Director of Training at the ADHD Foundation

Thank you to our partners