Empowering autistic voice and choice

The Autism Professionals Annual Conference 2018

7 & 8 March 2018

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The conference programme has been developed in collaboration with our Editorial Board members, which includes key experts from the education, health and social care sectors, as well as autistic people.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018
08:00 - 09:30Registration and refreshments
09:30 - 09:40Welcome by the chairpersons [More Info]
Dr Joshua Muggleton, Clinical Psychologist, NHS Fife
Dr Carole Buckley, GP and Clinical Champion for Autism, Royal College of General Practitioners
09:40 - 09:50Welcome by our sponsors, Axcis Education Recruitment [More Info]
Emily Marbaix, Content Manager, Axcis Education Recruitment
09:50 - 10:10Welcome address [More Info]
Mark Lever, Chief Executive, The National Autistic Society
10:10 - 11:00KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Finding my voice as an autistic adult [More Info]
Owen and Cornelia Suskind, From the Oscar-nominated documentary 'Life, Animated'
11:00 - 11:40Refreshment break
11:40 - 12:30Are we meeting their needs? Experiences and outcomes of children and young people with complex needs in residential special schools and colleges in the UK [More Info]
Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children
12:30 - 13:50Lunch
12:45 - 13:40LUNCHTIME PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we better promote the participation of autistic individuals who have severe communication issue or learning disabilities in the services that support them? [More Info]
Jack Welch, Youth Council Vice Chair, Ambitious About Autism
Dr Joe Long, Research Manager, Scottish Autism
Dr Noelle Blackman, CEO, Respond
12:45 - 13:40LUNCHTIME WORKSHOP FOR AUTISTIC ATTENDEES: Strategies for coping with and combating bullying [More Info]
Dr Emily Lovegrove, Psychologist and Founder, The Bullying Doctor
13:50 - 14:00SEMINAR STREAM 1: Welcome by the Chairperson [More Info]
Clare Metcalfe, Head of Learning Disability and Autism, Pulse Community Healthcare
14:00 - 14:50Stream A: The overwhelming importance of happiness and emotional wellbeing in autistic students: what should special schools do to ensure this? [More Info]
Justin Price, Headteacher, Freemantles School
14:00 - 14:50Stream B: Recognising and treating anxiety in autistic children and adults [More Info]
Dr Jacqui Rodgers, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Newcastle University
14:00 - 14:50Stream C: Developing an adult autism diagnosis tool incorporating autistic adults’ experiences of diagnosis [More Info]
Dr Barry Ingham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Stephen Patterson, Musician and autistic advocate
14:00 - 14:50Stream D: Supporting parents with their child's sleep difficulties [More Info]
Freddie Adu, Headteacher, Queensmill School
Caroline Bulmer, Assistant Head and Senior Occupational Therapist, Queensmill School
14:50 - 15:30Refreshment break
15:00 - 15:3015.15 Poster 2) Parental stress, marital satisfaction and stigma in Lithuanian parents raising child with ASD [More Info]
15:30 - 16:20SEMINAR STREAM 2
15:30 - 16:20Stream A: Helping autistic people to successfully cope with bullying [More Info]
Dr Emily Lovegrove, Psychologist and Founder, The Bullying Doctor
15:30 - 16:20Stream B: Understanding behaviour in autistic people who are nonverbal: what’s happening inside is as important as what’s happening outside [More Info]
Professor Chris Oliver, Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
Dr Caroline Richards, Lecturer in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
15:30 - 16:20Stream C: Mental capacity and the deprivation of liberty in England – where are we now and what does that mean in practice? [More Info]
Dr Yo Dunn, Consultant and trainer, ConsultYo.com
15:30 - 16:20Stream D: Getting employment right for autistic people: the rewards are worth it! [More Info]
Arran Linton-Smith, Senior Consultant, Interserve and an Autistic employment advocate
Dr Anna Remington, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Science, Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education
Dr Emma O'Leary, Research & Development Manager, Proctor and Gamble
16:20 - 16:30Transition to plenary sessions
16:30 - 17:20Terrorism and autism – making sense of the links in formulations of risk and protective factors [More Info]
Dr Zainab Al-Attar, Senior Lecturer & Chartered/Registered Forensic Psychologist, University of Central Lancashire
17:20 - 17:30Closing remarks
18:30 - 19:30Drinks reception, kindly sponsored by Axcis Education Recruitment [More Info]
19:30 - 23:30Autism Professionals Awards dinner [More Info]
Thursday, 8 March 2018
09:00 - 09:45Stream 1: The impact of stigma surrounding autistic people in ethnic communities [More Info]
Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Health, University of Bedfordshire
Dr Noelle Blackman, CEO, Respond
Liz Gow, Family Support Services Coordinator and Family Therapist , Respond
09:00 - 09:45Stream 2: How can we improve people’s experiences of ATU’s? How can we work to help people out of ATUs who have been there a long time? [More Info]
Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager, The National Autistic Society
David Bradly, Father of an autistic person
Hazel Griffiths, Advisor, NHS England STOMP National Programme and Parent to an autistic young man
09:00 - 09:45Stream 3: Thinking differently about provision for autistic children in early years and primary education [More Info]
Esther Gooch, Education Consultant and Managing Director, Outdoor Woodland Learning School (OWLS) CIC
Clare Henshaw, Autism Team Leader, Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT)
Sara Morrissey, Autism Outreach Teacher, Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT)
09:15 - 09:45Registration (for delegates who did not attend Day 1) [More Info]
09:50 - 10:00Welcome by the chairpersons [More Info]
Dr Ian Davidson, Lead Consultant Psychiatrist to the Complex Recovery Assessment and Consultation (CRAC) service, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS FT, and Autism Champion for The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Jack Welch, Youth Council Vice Chair, Ambitious About Autism
10:00 - 10:50KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Social thinking - developing social competencies to help people better interpret and respond to the social world [More Info]
Michelle Garcia Winner, CEO & Founder, Social Thinking
10:50 - 11:20Refreshment break
11:20 - 11:30SEMINAR STREAM 3: Welcome by the Chairperson
11:30 - 12:20Stream A: What to do if conventional education isn’t meeting their needs? Thinking out of the box about provision for autistic pupils [More Info]
Clare Truman, Founder, Spectrum Space
Nicky Tolley, Clinical Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Head of Therapy and Support Services, West Kirby Residential School and College
11:30 - 12:20Stream B: Claiming an identity you didn’t know you had. Post diagnostic support for autistic adults [More Info]
Caroline Hearst, Autism Educator, AutAngel and Autism Matters
11:30 - 12:20Stream C: Gender identity and dysphoria in autistic people [More Info]
Dr Kate Cooper, Research Associate/Clinical Psychologist, University of Bath
Ben, Advocate and autistic adult
11:30 - 12:20Stream D: Social Thinking vocabulary and concepts drive social attention [More Info]
Michelle Garcia Winner, CEO & Founder, Social Thinking
12:20 - 12:30Transition between sessions
12:30 - 13:20SEMINAR STREAM 4
12:30 - 13:20Stream A: Supporting autistic students through the transition to university and with university life [More Info]
Monique Harte, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Ulster University
Rosie King, Public speaker, autism specialist and human rights activist
12:30 - 13:20Stream B: Anorexia nervosa in autistic adolescents and young women [More Info]
Dr William Mandy, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, University College London
Mair Elliott, Autistic activist and blogger
12:30 - 13:20Stream C: Autism and epilepsy - best practice for diagnosis and support [More Info]
Dr Rohit Shankar, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Jen Leavesley, Independent Supporter for SEND and adult with autism and epilepsy
12:30 - 13:20Stream D: Use of technology (AAC) with children with severe communication impairments and challenging behaviour [More Info]
Dr Penny Williams, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital
13:20 - 14:40Lunch
13:40 - 14:251:40 Poster 3) Exactly the same but completely different: a thematic analysis of highly experienced Clinical Psychologists’ conceptions of Autism in girls and boys [More Info]
13:40 - 14:251:55 Poster 4) Autism and enablement - Kent County Council’s specialist enablement approach [More Info]
13:40 - 14:252.10 Poster 5) A framework for measuring and using quality of life data to improve outcomes for students with autism and their families [More Info]
13:40 - 14:30LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION: Music therapy with profoundly autistic adults [More Info]
Ginny Clee, Music Therapist and Songwriter
13:40 - 14:10LUNCHTIME TASTER SESSION: NAS women and girls online training module [More Info]
Lorraine MacAlister, Autism Training Consultant, The National Autistic Society
14:10 - 14:30LUNCHTIME TASTER SESSION: Teen Life programme - licensed user training [More Info]
Lorraine MacAlister, Autism Training Consultant, The National Autistic Society
14:40 - 15:30Challenging how we think about autism [More Info]
Dr Iain McClure, Independent Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
15:30 - 16:10Adult diagnosis: my experience [More Info]
Kate Fox, Stand-up poet, writer, comedian, researcher and lecturer
16:10 - 16:20Closing remarks
16:20Conference ends