The Hub: Theatre 2


Learn new strategies and approaches for the home and classroom in The Hub: Theatre 2.

This year’s programme includes presentations on subjects such as practical ways to tackle sensory challenges; estate planning for parents of children with autism; supporting adults with Asperger syndrome: a holistic approach; improving communication and engagement through an app; preventing and managing distressed behaviour at school; reducing parental stress and increasing resilience; and developing independence in the classroom or at home.

The Hub: Theatre 2 has a seating capacity of 80 and 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.

10.45 – 11.05Challenging behaviours, sensory processing and sleep disorders; mutual improvement with Safespaces Sharon Baillie, Product Advisor for Safespaces
11.10 – 11.30Developing independence in the classroom or at home Rebecca Hadley, Assistant Head of Service and SEN Specialist Leader of Education at the North Star Inclusion Advisory Team, in partnership with TTS
11.35 – 11.55Positive paths to positive behaviour Dr Andrew W. McAnespie B.Sc. (Hons), PgDip, ClinPsyD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options Autism
12.00 – 12.20Assistive technology to support autism: a parents perspective Lydia Little, Parent & Regional Sales Manager for Abilia UK
12.25 – 12.45The importance of developing self-awareness for autistic individuals Sue Hatton, Autism Advisor for accomplish and John Simpson, Inspirational Autism Training and autistic individual
12.50 – 13.10Behaviour and communication: How to use positive behavioural supports to facilitate communication Tina Voizey, Education Manager and Alice Langley, Speech and Language Therapist, at Tobii Dynavox
13.15 – 13.35Reducing challenging behaviour using positive behavioural support Sarah Russell, Head of Education at Ty Bronllys, and Matthew Dobbs, Positive Behaviour Specialist, at Orbis Education and Care
13.40 – 14.00Reducing parental stress and increasing resilienceRhian Thorne, Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst at Skybound Therapies
14.05 – 14.25Supporting emotional regulation with children and adolescents Natalie Mills, Occupational Therapist and Kate Ratcliffe, Speech and Language Therapist, at Alderwasley Hall School
14.30 – 14.50Preventing and managing distressed behaviour at schoolAbbie Woodling, Education Rights Coordinator at NAS
14.55 – 15.15Autism and the senses Lorraine Young, Community and Brand Manager at Chewigem
15.20 – 15.40Improving communication and engagement through an app James Dickson, CEO of Piota Apps
15.45 – 16.05Preventing and challenging exclusionAndy Cutting, School Exclusion Coordinator at National Autistic Society
16.10 – 16.30Autism and fostering Afshan Ahmad, Director of Rainbow Fostering Services
10.20 – 10.40Autism and restricted eatingEmma Griffiths, Autism Consultant at North West Autism and SEND Consultancy 
10.45 – 11.05The Mobility Scheme and how Bristol Street Motors can support you with worry free motoringTracey Taylforth , Group Motability Manager at Vertu Motors PLC, and Chris Edwards, Motability Ambassador
11.10 – 11.30Dealing with the LA standard reasons not to issue an EHCP Nigel Pugh, Managing Director at Education Advocacy UK
11.35 – 11.55Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and using live data to enhance quality of lifeAnna Selby-Wells, Marketing Manager at Home From Home Care
12.00 – 12.20Connection in communication and supporting positive behaviours: different communication methods that can help in connecting with people with ASDDr Vaughn Price, Principal Psychologist at Beechwood College
12.25 – 12.45Autism and the senses Lorraine Young, Community and Brand Manager at Chewigem
12.50 – 13.10Practical ways to tackle sensory challenges Steven Michaëlis, CEO of SAS Centre
13.15 – 13.35Implementing preventative support to ensure a well-managed transition to adulthoodRachel Babbidge, Transition Support Service at National Autistic Society
13.40 – 14.00Building social stories Dani McNabb, Product Development at My SEND App
14.05 – 14.25Estate planning for parents of children with autism Phil Ogden, Senior Estate Planning Consultant at Estate Planning Solutions
14.30 – 14.50Autism Voices – how a film project empowered 12 young autistic people to share their autism for the first time.Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Directors of Act for Autism
14.55 – 15.15Supporting adults with Asperger syndrome: a holistic approachGurleen Manku, Employment Consultant and David Perkins, Director at AS Mentoring

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