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 next year’s highlights include talks from Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society; Prof Andy McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services; Tomas Ashley, Assistant Director of Inclusion at Birmingham Education Partnership; Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health with post Doc research in sleep, and the Anna Freud Centre Autism Lead Trainer; and Chris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor with Asperger Syndrome, Former Teacher and Multi-Award Winning Author.

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 - 11.10
Updates and initiatives: a round-up of current issues in autism research, policy and practiceCaroline Stevens, Chief Executive of National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00
Minimising anxiety and supporting mental health of autistic pupils
Chris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor with Asperger Syndrome, Former Teacher and Multi-Award Winning Author
12.10 - 12.45
Classroom interventions for social and communication difficulties
Aaron Yorke, Autism Teacher and Advisor at Birmingham Council Communication and Autism Team
12.55 - 13.30
“I can’t go to school but I want to learn”: Providing a secure base and reducing barriers to learning
Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
13.40 - 14.20
Making the sensory environment work for autistic pupils
Paul Isaacs, Trainer, Consultant and Author
14.30 - 15.10
Positive approaches to teaching and school leadership
Tomas Ashley, Assistant Director of Inclusion at Birmingham Education Partnership
15.20 - 15.50
Understanding distressed behaviour and minimising the triggers at school
Prof Andy McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.10
Updates and initiatives: a round-up of current Issues in autism research, policy and practiceDavid MacKenzie, Senior Policy and Public Affairs officer at National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00
Making the sensory environment work for autistic children and young people
Paul Isaacs, Trainer, Consultant and Author
12.10 - 12.45
Understanding the needs of children with multiple diagnosis - taking a hollistic approach
Dr Prithvi Perepa, Lecturer in Autism Studies at University of Birmingham
12.55 - 13.30
How social media can benefit autistic people
Connor Ward, Autistic Speaker, Consultant and Vlogger, Dan Jones (The Aspie World), Autistic YouTuber, Kevin Chapman, Autism Family YouTuber and Ella Tabb (Purple Ella), Autistic Speaker and Content Creator
13.40 - 14.20Sleep and mental health in autism: learning from autistic adolescents
Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health with post Doc research in sleep, and the Anna Freud Centre Autism Lead Trainer
14.30 - 15.05Distressed behaviour - understanding your child
Prof Andy McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
15.15 - 15.50Minimising anxiety for children in a neurotypical world
Pete Wharmby, Autistic Teacher and Parent

Thank you to our partners