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 last year’s highlights included talks from Nigel Thompson, Head of Inspections – Children’s Health and Justice at the Care Quality Commission; Dr Olga Bogdashina, Co-founder, Programme Leader and Lecturer at the UK branch of the International Autism Institute; Freddie Adu, Headteacher at Queensmill School; Lauri Love, Computer Scientist, Political Activist and Autistic Individual; and Actors Travis Smith and Lucy Gaskell from BBC’s The A Word.

This year’s programme will be announced in March. In the meantime you can view the full 2018 programme by clicking on the date tabs below.

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 - 11.10Updates and Initiatives: A Round-up of Current Issues in Autism Research, Policy and PracticeCarol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at The National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.10Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Classroom – How to Recognise the Signs in Autistic Students and Strategies to HelpCaroline Lavin and Dr Helga Abernethy, Special Occupational Therapists at NAS Radlett Lodge School
12.20 - 13.10How Sensory Difficulties can Impact on Behaviour at School and How to HelpHelen Ellis, Autistic Advocate
13.20 - 14.00Supporting Pupils with Autism and Learning Disabilities in the Mainstream ClassroomRebecca Hitchins, Communication and Autism Team at Birmingham City Council
14.10 - 14.50Teaching Approaches for Children with PDAJilly Davis, Senior Specialist Teacher at NAS Robert Ogden School
15.00 -15.50Playing to our Strengths, not Focussing on Perceived WeaknessesQ&A with Travis Smith, Actor who plays Mark in BBC's The A Word, Singer and Autism Advocate
16.00 - 16.45Inclusion - what does this really mean? Best practice guidelines for true inclusion of autistic pupilsLorraine Petersen, Education Consultant specialising in SEND and previously Chief Executive of NASEN
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.45 - 11.25Updates and Initiatives: A Round-up of Current Issues in Autism Research, Policy and PracticeCarol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at The National Autistic Society
11.35 - 12.15Autism and Mental Health: Strategies and SupportElla Tabb, Blogger, Youtuber and Autism Speaker
12.25 - 13.15Supporting Autistic Children with Transition into Primary and from Primary to Secondary SchoolWendy Peel, Communication and Autism Team at Birmingham City Council
13.25 - 14.00Autism and Gluten/Casein-Free DietsEmma Jordan, Community Paediatric Dietitian and Chair of the British Dietetic Association Autism sub-group
14.10 - 15.00Communicating with Autistic People who find Language Difficult using Intensive Interaction Dave Hewett, Trainer and Consultant; Director at the Intensive Interaction Institute
15.10 - 15.50Managing Challenging Behaviour at Home: Identifying and Preventing TriggersSadie Martin, Behaviour Coordinator from the NAS Positive Behaviour Support Team

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