Improving Practice, Improving Every Life

10th Anniversary Autism Professionals Conference

7 and 8 March 2019, International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham

 
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Agenda

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 individuals.

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Thursday, 7 March 2019
08:00 - 09:30Registration and refreshments
09:30 - 09:35Welcome by the chairpersons [More Info]
Zandrea Stewart, National Autism Programme Task and Finish Group Chair (DHSC), Autism Adviser (ADASS), Association for Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
Martijn Dekker, Autism Speaker and Self-Advocate
09:35 - 09:55Welcome address [More Info]
Mark Lever, Chief Executive, The National Autistic Society
09:55 - 10:45Plenary Session: Are sensory issues in autism actually sensory? [More Info]
Peter Vermeulen, Senior Lecturer & Consultant, Autism in Context
10:45 - 11:10Refreshment break
11:10 - 12:10Plenary Session: The joy of meaningful engagement and shared good times – making intervention practical, doable and fun! [More Info]
Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Gina Davies Autism Centre
12:10 - 13:15Lunch
12:30 - 13:05Lunchtime Panel Discussion: Welcome by the Chairperson [More Info]
Dr Carole Buckley, GP and Clinical Champion for Autism, Royal College of General Practitioners
12:30 - 13:05Panel discussion - Diagnosis: Relevance, identity, and evolving criteria [More Info]
Zandrea Stewart, National Autism Programme Task and Finish Group Chair (DHSC), Autism Adviser (ADASS), Association for Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
Dr Will Mandy, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, University College London
Martijn Dekker, Autism Speaker and Self-Advocate
Dr Sarah Lister Brook, Clinical Director, NAS Lorna Wing Centre
12:30 - 13:05Falconry as a developmental intervention for autism [More Info]
Anita Morris, Psychologist, Behavioural Coach and Therapist, Hack Back
13:15 - 13:20SEMINAR 1: Welcome by the Chairperson
13:20 - 14:00Seminar 1A: From neurodiversity to neuroharmony. Having a meaningful life with autism. We all need each other. [More Info]
Peter Vermeulen, Senior Lecturer & Consultant, Autism in Context
13:20 - 14:00Seminar 1B: School Exclusions – Causes, Impact, Prevention and Re-integration [More Info]
Sarah-Jane Critchley, Author and Family Carer
Aaron Yorke, Birmingham Council Communication and Autism Team
13:20 - 14:00Best Practive Sharing 1C: WOW! Summer School – its lessons and positive impact [More Info]
Zoë Mills, Student Wellbeing Advisor/Assessor , University of Lincoln
Pippa Young, Mental Health Advisor, University of Lincoln
14:00 - 14:10Transition time
14:10 - 14:55SEMINAR 2
14:10 - 14:55Seminar 2A: Assessing complex presentations [More Info]
Dr Sarah Lister Brook, Clinical Director, NAS Lorna Wing Centre
Sue Smith, Head of NAS Lorna Wing Centre (Kent)
Dr Laura Cockburn, Head of NAS Lorna Wing Centre (Essex)
14:10 - 14:55Seminar 2B: Gender dysphoria [More Info]
Dr James Barrett, Lead Clinician, Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic
14:10 - 14:55Seminar 2C: Best practice sharing session: Hammers, Hideaways and Hammocks - Wilmslow High School [More Info]
Katie Goodwin, Head of ASC Resource, Wilmslow High School
Val Hulme, Deputy of the ASC Resource Provision, Wilmslow High School
14:55 - 15:25Refreshment break
15:25 - 16:05SEMINAR 3
15:25 - 16:05Seminar 3A: Autistic led peer support and empowerment: the Under Our Wing Peer Mentoring Project , Scottish Women's Autism Network [More Info]
Dr Catriona Stewart, Chair, Scottish Women's Autism Network (SWAN)
15:25 - 16:05Seminar 3B: Transition to secondary school [More Info]
Dr Will Mandy, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, University College London
15:25 - 16:05Seminar 3C: Best practice sharing session: Turtle Key Arts - Creative music making with young people with ASD (Wigmore Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Turtle Key Arts) [More Info]
Jackie Walduck, Composer and Workshop Leader, Turtle Key Arts
Charlotte Cunningham, Artistic Director, Turtle Key Arts
16:05 - 16:15Transition time
16:15 - 17:05Welcome by the Chairperson [More Info]
Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs and Social Change, National Autistic Society
16:15 - 17:05Presentation and Panel Discussion: The Autism Act - 10 years on [More Info]
Tim Nicholls, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, National Autistic Society
Zandrea Stewart, National Autism Programme Task and Finish Group Chair (DHSC), Autism Adviser (ADASS), Association for Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
Dr Carole Buckley, GP and Clinical Champion for Autism, Royal College of General Practitioners
Sam Tanner, NAS Young Ambassador
Rachel Moody, Autistic Self-Advocate, Department of Health Autism Program Board
17:05 - 17:15Closing remarks
18:30 - 22:30Networking Drinks and Autism Professionals Awards Dinner [More Info]
 
Friday, 8 March 2019
08:00 - 09:30BREAKFAST SEMINARS
08:00 - 09:30Session 1: Challenging relationships - professionals and families [More Info]
Dr Virginia Bovell, Member of Islington Learning Disability Partnership Board
Saujal Acharya, Day Service Manager, London Borough of Islington
Clare Palmer, Family Carer and Trainer
08:00 - 09:30Session 2: The practicalities of keeping intervention meaningful and engaging in the long term [More Info]
Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Gina Davies Autism Centre
08:00 - 09:30Session 3: Yoga and autism - 8.00 - 8.40am [More Info]
Donna Nelson, Specialist Yoga Teacher
08:00 - 09:30Session 3: Yoga and autism - 8.50 - 9.30am [More Info]
Donna Nelson, Specialist Yoga Teacher
09:15 - 09:45Registration (for delegates who did not attend Day 1) [More Info]
09:50 - 10:00Welcome by the chairpersons [More Info]
Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Former President, National Association of Head Teachers
Dean Beadle, Autism Speaker and Journalist
10:00 - 10:50Plenary Session: Justice and the Ziggurat Model [More Info]
Dr Ruth Aspy, Psychologist and Author, The Ziggurat Group, Texas
10:50 - 11:20Refreshment break
11:20 - 11:25SEMINAR 1: Welcome by the Chairperson
11:25 - 12:05Seminar 1A: Outcomes and implications from current research [More Info]
Dr James Cusack, Director of Science, Autistica
11:25 - 12:05Seminar 1B: Supporting autistic children in mainstream schools [More Info]
Sharonne Horlock, Strategic Leader , SEND
11:25 - 12:05Seminar 1C: Best practice session: AXIA - Good Practice in Autism Diagnosis – A Partnership Model [More Info]
Dr Linda Buchan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director, Axia ASD Ltd
Dr Hannah Williamson, Clinical Psychologist, Axia ASD Ltd
12:05 - 12:15Transition between sessions
12:15 - 12:55SEMINAR 2
12:15 - 12:55Seminar 2A: Supporting autistic adults without learning disabilities: what can we learn from existing services? [More Info]
Professor Bryony Beresford, Co-Director, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York
12:15 - 12:55Seminar 2B: Decoding Mental Health –promoting emotional well-being in autistic children [More Info]
Professor Barry Carpenter, Educational Consultant
12:15 - 12:55Seminar 2C: Best practice session: Together Trust and Trafford Sleep Clinic - Sleep and Autism [More Info]
Chris Hoyle, Sleep Tight Trafford Coordinator, Together Trust
Dr Rashad Nawaz, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Trafford CCG
12:55 - 14:00Lunch
13:15 - 13:50Act for Autism - promoting self advocacy workshop and screening of Autism Voices, an award winning film created by 12 autistic students [More Info]
Tessa Morton, Founder, Act for Autism
Jane Gurnett, Founder, Act for Autism
13:15 - 13:50Lunchtime Panel Discussion: The Mental Health Crisis – supporting patients out of hospital with appropriate, personalised care [More Info]
Tim Nicholls, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, National Autistic Society
Hazel Griffiths, Advisor, NHS England STOMP National Programme and Parent to an autistic young man
Jocelyn Savage, Regional Business Development Manager, Dimensions
Jo Minchin, Autistic Professional, Parent and Person
14:00 - 14:40SEMINAR 3
14:00 - 14:40Seminar 3A: Positive strategies for supporting self-regulation [More Info]
Dr Ruth Aspy, Psychologist and Author, The Ziggurat Group, Texas
14:00 - 14:40Seminar 3B: Neurodiversity and Psychological Research [More Info]
Dr Catherine Crompton, Research Neuropsychologist , University of Edinburgh
14:00 - 14:40Seminar 3C: Best practice session: Ashley School - Vocational education and employability for students with autism [More Info]
Diane Wilson, Assistant Head Teacher - Head of School, Ashley High School
14:40 - 14:50Transition between sessions
14:50 - 15:30Plenary Session: Effective support: spoons, elephants and other adventures [More Info]
Jamie and Lion, Senior Research Engineer, BBC
15:30 - 16:20Plenary Session: Breaking the mould [More Info]
Dr Will Mandy, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, University College London
16:20 - 16:30Closing remarks
16:30Conference ends