The Autism Matters Theatre

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.

Travis and Lucy

Just some of this year’s highlights include talks from Lorraine Petersen, Education Consultant Specialising in SEND and Previously Chief Executive of NASEN; Travis Smith, Actor who plays Mark in BBC’s The A Word, Singer and Autism Advocate; Emma Jordan, Community Paediatric Dietitian and Chair of the British Dietetic Association Autism Sub-group; and Dave Hewett, Trainer and Consultant; Director of the Intensive Interaction Institute.

Lorraine Peterson

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 at the theatre as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.

Friday 22nd June 2018

Time
Title
Speaker
10.30 - 11.10

Updates and Initiatives: A Round-up of Current Issues in Autism Research, Policy and Practice

Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at The National Autistic Society

11.20 - 12.10

Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Classroom – How to Recognise the Signs in Autistic Students and Strategies to Help

Caroline Lavin, Special Occupational Therapist at NAS Radlett Lodge School and Dr Helga Abernethy, Independent Occupational Therapist

12.20 - 13.10

How Sensory Difficulties Can Impact on Behaviour at School and How to Help

Helen Ellis, Autistic Advocate

13.20 - 14.00

Supporting Pupils with Autism and Learning Disabilities in the Mainstream Classroom

Rebecca Hitchins, Specialist Teacher in the Communication and Autism Team at Birmingham City Council

14.10 - 14.50

Teaching Approaches for Children with PDA

Jilly Davis, Senior Specialist Teacher at NAS Robert Ogden School

15.00 -15.50

Playing to Our Strengths, Not Focussing on Perceived Weaknesses

Travis Smith, Actor who plays Mark in BBC's The A Word, Singer and Autism Advocate, interviewed by Connor Ward, Autistic Vlogger

16.00 - 16.45

Inclusion - What Does This Really Mean? Best Practice Guidelines for True Inclusion of Autistic Pupils

Lorraine Petersen, Education Consultant Specialising in SEND and Previously Chief Executive of NASEN

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Time
Title
Speaker
10.45 -11.25

Updates and Initiatives: A Round-up of Current Issues in Autism Research, Policy and Practice

Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at The National Autistic Society

11.35 - 12.15

Autism and Mental Health: Strategies and Support

Ella Tabb, Blogger, Youtuber and Autism Speaker

12.25 - 13.15

Supporting Autistic Children with Transition into Primary and from Primary to Secondary School

Wendy Peel, Specialist Teacher in the Communication and Autism Team at Birmingham City Council

13.25 - 14.00

Autism and Gluten/Casein-Free Diets

Emma Jordan, Community Paediatric Dietitian and Chair of the British Dietetic Association Autism Sub-group

14.10 - 15.00

Communicating with Autistic People who Find Language Difficult Using Intensive Interaction

Dave Hewett, Trainer and Consultant; Director of the Intensive Interaction Institute

15.10 - 15.50

Managing Challenging Behaviour at Home: Identifying and Preventing Triggers

Oliver Cheney, Principal of Glasshouse College and Argent College, Part of Ruskin Mill Trust

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