Brought to you by the organisers of The Autism Show

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Welcome to Webinar Week

An online learning series: 12th – 17th October 2020

In partnership with 

This year The Autism Show has gone digital to offer you over 30 hours of online learning, designed to make a positive difference to the autistic children and adults you care for, support or teach.

Over six days in October, you will have the opportunity to watch a huge range of live webinars providing the latest autism news and views, practical strategies and approaches, and direct insights from adults on the spectrum. You’ll be able to learn from the experiences of other attendees and have the opportunity to quiz the speakers for personalised advice via the in-webinar chat box.

Your ticket also includes 30 day access to stream recordings of all the week’s webinars, so you don’t need to worry about missing any and can watch them when most convenient to you. Plus, you can watch a whole host of additional pre-recorded webinars from a selection of autism specialist suppliers.

If you’re looking for information and direction pre or post diagnosis, are facing daily challenges, or approaching significant transition points, then The Autism Show: Webinar Week can help you.

Book the series now for just £29.99 for parents and family carers, and £49.99 for professionals. Content is CPD certified. Price includes 30 day access to recordings of all the webinars in the series.

Please scroll down for more information on each day in the series.

Home & School Matters:

Mon 12th – Tues 13th October 2020

In partnership with 

Hear the UK’s leading autism professionals, researchers and campaigners discussing the latest news and views on the condition in partnership with the National Autistic Society.

Highlights include webinars from Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society; Dr Carrie Grant, BAFTA award-winning broadcaster, vocal coach and advocate; Dr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health with post Doc research in sleep, and Lead Autism Trainer at Anna Freud Centre; and Dr Prithvi Perepa, Lecturer in Autism Studies at University of Birmingham.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.10Welcome and introductionKate Laird, Webinar Manager at The Autism Show and Autism Learns
10.10 - 10.50Updates and initiatives: a round-up of current issues in autism research, policy and practiceCarol Povey, Director for the Centre for Autism at National Autistic Society
10.50 - 11.30Reducing anxiety and supporting the mental health of autistic children and young peopleReece Coker, SEND Workshops and Training Manager at POINT
11.30 - 11.50Break 
11.50 - 12.25 Preparing for the transition to adulthood Rachel Babbidge, Transition Support Coordinator at National Autistic Society
12.25 - 13.00“I struggle at school but I want to learn”: providing a secure base and reducing barriers to learningTessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
13.00 - 13.45Lunch break 
13.45 - 14.20Making the sensory environment work for autistic pupilsPaul Isaacs, Trainer, Consultant and Author
14.20 - 14.55Inclusive education for autistic children: helping children and young people to learn and flourish in the classroomDr Rebecca Wood, Senior Lecturer in Special Education at University of East London
14.55 - 15.10Break 
15.10 - 15.45Understanding distressed behaviour and minimising the triggers at schoolJustin Price, Headteacher of Freemantles School
15.45 - 15.50Closing remarks Kate Laird, Webinar Manager at The Autism Show and Autism Learns

Content may be subject to change.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.10Welcome and introductionKate Laird, Webinar Manager at The Autism Show and Autism Learns
10.10 - 10.50Ways to help children and young people cope with anxietyDr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Evelina London Children's Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
10.50 - 11.30Classroom interventions for social and communication difficulties Aaron Yorke, Autism Schools Advisor and Founder of Accepting Behaviour
11.30 - 11.50Break 
11.50 - 12.25 Understanding the needs of children with autism and learning disabilities - taking a holistic approach Dr Prithvi Perepa, Lecturer in Autism Studies at University of Birmingham
12.25 - 13.00Sleep and mental health in autism: learning from autistic adolescentsDr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health with post Doc research in sleep, and Lead Autism Trainer at Anna Freud Centre
13.00 - 14.00Lunch break 
14.00 - 14.35What we can (and can’t) learn from research about wellbeing in autistic children and their parentsDr Kathy Leadbitter, Research Fellow at University of Manchester
14.35 - 15.10Distressed behaviour - understanding your childProf Andy McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
15.10 - 15.50How to ride the waves of uncertainty, advocate for and champion our children and become a shapeshifter parent Dr Carrie Grant, BAFTA award-winning broadcaster, vocal coach and advocate
15.50 - 15.55Closing remarks Kate Laird, Webinar Manager at The Autism Show and Autism Learns

Content may be subject to change.

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Carol Povey is the Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society.

Carol has worked with autistic people and their families for over 40 years.

For the last 20 years, she has worked for the National Autistic Society, with the past 10 years as the Director of the Centre for Autism. She now works part time, focusing on particular projects, and is a member of the council of Administration of Autism Europe.

Carol has particular interests in autism and women and girls, older people and the criminal justice system.

She has contributed to a number of publications, and has trained and presented at conferences nationally and internationally.

Carol is also a Trustee of the Seashell Trust which supports children with very complex needs.

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Dr Ann Ozsivadjian is a Principal Clinical Psychologist who worked for several years as the senior psychologist in a specialist complex neurodevelopmental disorders team, which provided assessments and treatments for a wide range of neurodevelopmental difficulties and co-occurring conditions.

Her particular research interests and clinical specialism are mental health problems in ASD and adapting interventions for young people on the autism spectrum, and she regularly presents at conferences on these topics.

She also provides training courses across the UK on the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in autism spectrum disorders.

She has published a number of papers and co-authored book chapters. She has also produced a number of podcasts and webinars in conjunction with the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

She currently works in independent practice and is also an honorary researcher at King’s College London.

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Dr Kathy Leadbitter is Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Kathy is passionate about pragmatic and high-impact research that will directly improve the lives of autistic children and their families, both in the UK and in low income countries. Her research interests and expertise lie in intervention development and testing, communication and language development, and issues surrounding wellbeing, quality of life in autistic people and their families.

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Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health with a post Doc research in sleep. She is also the Lead Autism Trainer at Anna Freud Centre National Charity for Children and their families.

Dr Pavlopoulou is an Early Career researcher with more than 19 years of experience working with autistic people and their families in health and education settings. She was awarded a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health in 2019 examining autistic and non-autistic siblings’ experiences of wellbeing. Her UCL post doc research focused on personalised care in sleep management and anxiety with autistic adolescents using innovative participatory methodologies.

She has expertise in creative participatory health and educational research and knowledge exchange programs which aim to bring together families, professionals, YP and activists to promote neurodiversity, acceptance, and mental health in educational and health settings. In 2018, she co-established and run the 1st ever Siblings Research Network at Great Ormond Hospital for autistic and non-autistic children and their families.

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Aaron Yorke is Autism Schools Advisor and Founder of Accepting Behaviour..

Aaron is a qualified autism specialist teacher, and a parent of a young person with autism. He also works part time for the Birmingham City Council as a schools advisor, and in his free time runs an information website www.acceptingbehaviour.com.

He set www.acceptingbehaviour.com up 2019 with the goal to share his experiences and ideas on the practical application of acceptance and why he believes it is a great way to support children with communication difficulties. There are two main ways he does this, he offers a free education channel on YouTube (Accepting Behaviour Education Channel), and runs Facebook live sessions, where he discusses different topics on a monthly basis. You can find out more by visiting www.acceptingbehaviour.com.

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Paul Isaacs has been a speaker, trainer and consultant for eight years and has spoken at many national events on the subject of autism.

He has authored five books and contributed to other books on the subject of autism.

He is also a blogger and creative consultant on the the cartoon Pablo, supplying story ideas, perspectives and content.

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Justin Price has spent 27 years working in Special Education. He has been a head teacher for the last 13 years, initially in a school for children with Severe Learning Difficulties, and for the last 9 years at Freemantles School in Woking. Freemantles is a large school specifically for children and young people with complex autism with 193 pupils, which also leads extensive Outreach and Training Services which supports over 1000 children in the west of Surrey. Freemantles has recently set up a KS2 Centre Class for children with Aspergers which will eventually be co-located on a Mainstream Site and will have a KS1 class added to it. These will still co lead by Freemantles offering a curriculum that truly addresses social and emotional needs as well as the academic subjects.

Since taking on this role Justin and the school staff have become progressively more interested in how they can effectively address all aspects of emotional wellbeing across their community. Specifically they have developed an interest in their approaches to efficiently teach social understanding to both the pupils at the school and those in mainstream settings. Freemantles is the pioneer Social Stories Satellite School and Justin is one of the school’s Carol Gray accredited Social StoriesTM Trainers. He has worked closely with Peter Vermeulen to ensure these approaches actually address the challenges that each young person faces.

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Jane Gurnett is an actor, teacher of Drama and workshop leader. As an actor, Jane worked extensively on television and in theatre, including Dangerfield and Casualty. In theatre, she has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and West End musicals.

Jane tutors and mentors drama students as well as teaching in a mainstream school. She has a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies, an MA in the Advance Workings of Shakespeare and is studying towards a B Phil in Autism with Birmingham University.

Jane is passionate about all children having a voice. Her work at Act for Autism, developing workshops and strategies with another of our speakers, Tessa Morton, is a powerful vehicle to change the way we look at autism.

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Tessa Morton, over the last 20 years, has grown a successful practice; working as a trainer and coach, advising and directing professionals with communication challenges.

She is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist from the University of Worcester and member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). She runs a private practice offering post-diagnostic support and runs voluntary drama and social skills groups for young people on the autistic spectrum.

Tessa founded Act for Autism in 2015 because she is passionate about supporting young people with autism and creating awareness in the wider community.

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Dr. Andrew McDonnell is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio3 Training Systems located in Warwickshire, UK.

He has a special interest in arousal mechanisms in people with autism and the management of severe challenging behaviours. Other areas of interest are stress management, person centred approaches to behaviour management, arousal mechanisms and their application to human behaviour, and sensory perceptual processing differences.

Andrew’s doctoral thesis evaluated the impact of staff training in low arousal approaches and has been the subject of his book Managing Aggressive Behaviour in Care Settings: Understanding and Applying Low Arousal Approaches. The low arousal approach was first developed by Dr. McDonnell. He has lectured on this subject in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Dr Rebecca Wood is a former teacher and autism education practitioner who is a Senior Lecturer in Special Education at the University of East London and a visiting researcher at King’s College London.

She completed her PhD in autism and education at the University of Birmingham where she was also Project Manager of the Transform Autism Education project, a tri-national teacher training scheme, funded by the European Commission. Rebecca was subsequently a postdoctoral Fellow at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s, where she was funded by the ESRC.

Her book Inclusive Education for Autistic Children: Helping Children and Young People to Learn and Flourish in the Classroom* is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and she has had articles published in the Educational Review, the British Journal of Special Education, as well as via online media such as the Times Education Supplement, The Psychologist and The Conversation.

*Interwoven with comments from autistic children and adult contributors throughout, this book presents original research that completely reframes how educators should consider autism and educational inclusion, arguing that the ways autistic children think, learn, communicate and exhibit their understanding need to be valued and supported. Inclusive Education for Autistic Children: Helping Children and Young People to Learn and Flourish in the Classroom is available now to buy by clicking HERE.

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Rachel Babbidge is Transition Support Coordinator at National Autistic Society.

I have worked for the NAS for 12 years, starting my career working at a residential school where I developed a special interest in what happens after school for autistic young people.

This lead me to my current role of 6 years, as the Transition support coordinator for England. Within the service, I coordinate a team of fantastic volunteer advisors and we have supported over 1000 young autistic people and their families since 2018. I am extremely passionate about supporting young autistic people to ensure that their transitions are person centred, well managed and people are able to live the lives they choose.

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Dr Prithvi Perepa is Lecturer in Autism Studies at University of Birmingham.

Prithvi was trained as a special educator and worked for more than 25 years with individuals on the autism spectrum across the age range. He has worked in mainstream schools, special schools and in care settings. Prithvi’s has published many books and articles on the subject of autism.

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Reece M Coker is an autistic individual and a passionate autism advocate.

As a fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and Royal Society of Public Health, he is an experienced trainer, qualified psychologist, and sector expert within the subjects of Positive Psychology, Motivation, Organisational Development and Culture, Neurodiversity and Inclusion, and Business Management.

A senior manager within the corporate, commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Reece is passionate about learning and development at all levels. He completed his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Bucks New University in 2016, where his research focused on hope and fear, and is currently completing a PhD in Education and Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University with a focus on courage, anxiety, and autism.

He leads and lectures on the Positive Psychology and Autism Awareness in Practice Programmes at the PPG Autism Centre.

Timings

DaysTimes
Mon 12th - Tues 13th Oct 202010am - 4pm

Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Parent/Family Carer£29.99
Professional£49.99
Adult on the Autism Spectrum£23.99

•This is the price for the whole Webinar Week and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars.
•Booking fees apply. £2.93 for parents and family carers, £4.49 for professionals, and £2.46 for adults on the autism spectrum.

Please click on the “View the event” orange button in your booking confirmation email or reminder emails to be sent to the webinar event page.

At the bottom of this page you will either see a countdown button (if logging in before 10am on 12th Oct, which will change to an orange “Join webinar” button from 9.55am that day) or an orange “Join webinar” button thereafter. Please click on this button to join the webinars over all six days. You can log in and out using this method as often as you wish.

If you do not already have Zoom downloaded on your device, you will be prompted to download the software and set up an account – this should only take two minutes to complete.

Your joining link to Webinar Week is unique to your email address (the email address entered when your booking was made, and where you received your booking confirmation and reminder emails). When you wish to join a webinar, please ensure you are logged into Zoom using this email address rather than an alternative, otherwise you may experience a delay.

We will email you a week after the Webinar Week with details on how to access recordings of all the live webinars, plus a selection of pre-recorded webinars from our specialist suppliers. Professionals will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance.

If you haven’t received a confirmation or reminder email from us, or generally have difficulties logging into the webinars, please contact us at info@autismshow.co.uk.

Ticket holders will be able to gain 30 day access (until 20th Nov 2020) to video recordings of all live webinars, plus a selection of pre-recorded webinars from our specialist suppliers, by CLICKING HERE and entering the password which we will provide by email the week following Webinar Week.

Professionals will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance by email.

Practical Strategies & Approaches:

Wed 14th – Thurs 15th October 2020

Learn practical strategies and approaches which can make a positive difference.

This programme contains webinars from experienced autism specialists who will be covering subjects such as: navigating the SEN system; supporting children with autism in a mainstream classroom using a holistic approach underpinned by behaviour analysis; reducing sensory overload in an easy and practical way at home; tips for homeschooling during lockdown; and estate planning for parents of children with autism.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.30Creating Visual Resources in Minutes: Introducing the new Boardmaker 7, the best symbol software just got better!Tina Voizey, Education Manager at Tobii Dynavox
10.40 - 11.10Navigating the SEN system
Hayley Mason, Specialist Solicitor at SEN Legal
11.10 - 11.30Break 
11.30 - 12.00What has the world of autism got to offer? Quite a lot actually: An exploration of the many positives that often get forgotten
Andrew Whitehouse, SEND Consultant at People First Education with support from TTS
12.10 - 12.40 Adapting to Covid-19 at Home From Home Care Anna Selby-Wells, Marketing Manager at Home From Home Care
12.40 - 13.20Lunch break 
13.20 - 13.50Supporting children with autism In a mainstream classroom using a holistic approach underpinned by behaviour analysis
Bernadett Rankasz, Head of Early Years at BeyondAutism
14.00 - 14.30Reducing sensory overload in an easy and practical way at home - with free SAS listening course
Steven Michaëlis, CEO of SAS Centre
14.30 - 14.50Break 
14.50 - 15.20Lessons learnt from homeschooling during lockdown Lesley Burton, Parent and Founder of SenseToys
15.30 - 16.00Practical skills therapeutic education
 
Angie Iversen, Principal of Freeman College, part of Ruskin Mill Trust

Content may be subject to change.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.30Create and share symbol resources between school and home with Widgit OnlineSue White, Education Specialist at Widgit Software
10.40 - 11.10Home based learningKate Landells, Principal of Hill House School, Louisa Burden, Deputy Head at Hill House School, and Naseem Akhtar, Regional Educational Lead at Cambian Group
11.10 - 11.30Break 
11.30 - 12.00Relational practice and autismIan Thorsteinsson, Executive Principal at Cavendish Education
12.10 - 12.40 An introduction to profiling autism with Autism ProgressDale Pickles, Managing Director of B Squared
12.40 - 13.20Lunch break 
13.20 - 13.50Creating safer environments: An Introduction to Safespace products Amanda Farrell, Senior Product Advisor at Safespaces
14.00 - 14.30Executive function difficulties and its relationship to autismDr Andrew W. McAnespie, Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options Autism. Contributions from Rebecca Johnson and Olivia Alleyne, Assistant Psychologists at Options Autism.
14.30 - 14.50Break 
14.50 - 15.20Visual supports - the TomTag way! Clare Cusack, Parent and co-founder of Orkid Ideas
15.30 - 16.00Estate planning for parents of children with autism Philip Ogden, Senior Estate Planning Consultant at Estate Planning Solutions

Content may be subject to change.

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Tina Voizey is Education Manager at Tobii Dynavox. Tina Voizey is a SEND teacher with over 25 years’ experience working with learners in a classroom environment and within the assistive technology and AAC field.

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Amanda Farrell is Senior Product Advisor at Safespaces. In her role as Senior Product Advisor, Amanda works closely with teams in education, healthcare, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), occupational health and hospital medics to advise on the use of Safespace products. These collaborations help to develop bespoke solutions to better meet complex needs and provide training on the appropriate use of Safespaces.

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Hayley Mason is Senior Solicitor at SEN Legal.

I am principally based in Cambridge although I represent clients nationally. I have successfully acted for parents across a number of Local Authority areas – from obtaining an EHC Needs Assessment right through to extremely complex post-19 Appeals.

I have a vast range of expertise in SEND Tribunal work and I draft formal submissions and carry out all of the legal work involved with representing parents of children and young persons in the SEND Tribunal in order to obtain fundamental special educational provision for them. I have excellent interpersonal skills in order to assure parents throughout the Appeal process and am skilled in explaining the complexities of what is an undeniably complex field. I am also specialist in the area of Court of Protection.

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Anna Selby‑Wells is Marketing Manager for Home From Home Care. I have worked with the dedicated family who set up this specialist provision for the last 8 years.

I am passionate about being able to share information and give support to families who are navigating the complex world of adult social care by sharing experiences and insights from a family perspective as well as the unique care model of Home From Home Care.

During my time with the service, I have attended up to 250 events a year, including The Autism Show as well as other smaller information days, transition events in schools and parent group coffee mornings in order to share the unique story of how Home From Home Care came to be and how it has evolved over the course of the 17 years it has been operating to support individuals with complex needs to live an ordinary life on their own terms.

For families, information is empowerment, and for professionals, collaboration and knowledge sharing is paramount. Since March 2020, the service has evolved immensely as the world has changed around us, while continuing to deliver exceptional care and support to individuals with complex needs, so I am keen to share our experiences of the pandemic with others and how we have adapted to Covid-19.

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Steven Michaëlis is CEO of SAS Centre. Steven is the originator of the SAS Methodology as used by experienced Practitioners throughout Europe. He is an expert in human auditory perception and neuro-acoustic interventions. Steven has developed activation techniques that help the brain to process sensory information more effectively, stimulate inter-hemispheric synchronisation and strengthen speech & language. He will offer a short SAS listening course for free to all attendees of his webinar.

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Andrew Whitehouse is SEND Consultant at People First Education with support from TTS. TEDx Speaker Andrew Whitehouse is a specialist in neurological diversity and provides interventions for professionals, parents and young people with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and related conditions.

Andrew has a number of roles including training, strategies and therapies for education professionals in schools and colleges, observing learners in the learning environment and providing practical solutions to help them achieve their potential.

Andrew provides short courses for Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln and holds a number of UK and overseas contracts. He has delivered three TEDx Talks including “From Disability to Superpowers” and has an extensive conference profile. Andrew is also a Forensic SEND Consultant and acts as an expert witness in SEND related court cases.

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Dr Andrew W. McAnespie is Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options Autism. After initially working for seven years in mental health nursing, Drew has worked for the last 20 years in Clinical Psychology. He has worked in a wide variety of areas, including CAMHS, Mental Health Personality Disorder and Forensic Psychology. For over five years, he has worked as Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options Barton which provides education and care to children with autism and associated complex needs.

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Sue White is Education Specialist at Widgit Software. Sue joined the Widgit team over 2 years ago as our Education Specialist. Prior to that she was an Advisory Teacher with the Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS) in East Sussex for over 16 years, with specialisms in Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Speech and Language difficulties. Sue was also a Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator in an East Sussex Primary School for many years and has always been an avid user and supporter of Widgit Symbols and software.

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Ian Thorsteinsson is an Executive Principal for the Cavendish Education Group, a specialist schools group which includes the autism-specialist school, Gretton School. He has been with the organisation since 2018 and before this Ian held a number of senior management roles in specialist education, particularly autism schools and services. His extensive experience has taken him all over the UK and he has even opened a school for autism in Saudi Arabia. Ian is passionate about delivering a strong, effective and well resourced provision, which is planned individually to ensure the best short-through to long-term outcomes.

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Philip Ogden is Senior Estate Planning Consultant at Estate Planning Solutions. I have spent more than 40 years in financial services and estate planning. Like all of our consultants, I am an Associate of the Institute of Professional Will writers. I have a particular specialisation in advising parents of carers of vulnerable beneficiaries, delivering talks to various such groups all over the country.

The protection of vulnerable people is vital when considering how to structure your Will to ensure that their legacy is not lost through the many threats that they could encounter when parents and grandparents are no longer around.

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Dale Pickles is Managing Director of B Squared. Dale works with schools all over the UK to help deliver best practice, reduce teacher workload and help schools move forward with assessment. He has spoken at conferences such as The Autism Show and written articles for education publications, including Education Technology and Assessment & Development Matters. He regularly hosts B Squared’s webinars discussing issues such as “What is ‘GOOD’ progress?” and is the host of the special needs podcast SENDcast.

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Bernadett Rankasz is Head of Early Years at BeyondAutism. Since graduating as a Teacher of Health Sciences, Bernadett has been passionate about teaching children with special needs. She gained significant experience teaching in a wide range of educational settings, including mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and ASD units. More recently, Bernadett was Head of Primary Phase in a free school for children with autism in south west London.

Bernadett firmly believes that every child holds an innate potential to succeed in life with the presence of empathy, equal opportunity and a supportive and competent multidisciplinary team. As Head of Early Years at BeyondAutism, Bernadett feels privileged to have the opportunity to witness even more children with autism pursue growth and happiness in their educational setting and throughout life.

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Clare Cusack is the creator of TomTag, a multi award-winning visual support system and the co-founder of Orkid Ideas.

TomTag by Orkid Ideas is a unique and versatile system for making visual schedules, timetables and checklists. It was inspired by Clare’s son, Tomas, who has autism, with the first product – a colourful school bag packing checklist – launched in 2013 and expanding over the last six years into a range of more than 20 different kits across a wide range of issues and areas of life.

Clare is mum to two teenagers and a keen cyclist. She has raised over £2,000 by cycling from London to various European capitals in aid of the National Autistic Society and in 2018 achieved her ambition of cycling from Lands End to John O Groats.

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Lesley Burton is a parent of a son on the spectrum and founder of SenseToys.com.

Lesley set up SenseToys, an online shop to sell toys for all SEN children, in 2005. She has been a regular exhibitor and speaker at The Autism Show. She is now writing a book compiling the strategies she has used at home to help her son cope with everyday life, which will be published later in the year.

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Kate Landells is Principal at Hill House School, part of the Cambian Group.

Having previously enjoyed a career in business and politics, whilst completing Child Development studies as part of a degree course with the Open University in 2004, Kate contacted Hill House School to investigate the opportunity to gain some practical understanding of autism. Kate went to work in the care team at Hill House School and from this experience, a career change was set in action. Kate gained further experience at Southlands School, eventually working as a Team Manager and then Therapy Manager for the service, going on to support the Therapy Teams at a range of Cambian schools whilst this key element of the Cambian education and care service was developing.

Supporting the team operationally at Hill House in the summer of 2012, led to Kate working fulltime at Hill House again, this time as Principal, from December 2012. Passionate about enabling a holistic delivery of education, care and therapy input, Kate is dedicated to delivering an inclusive and integrated approach – with high aspirations for the young people at Hill House. Maintaining Outstanding judgements in both Social Care and Education in recent 2020 inspections, her desire to keep the service developing and moving forwards at Hill House is as strong today as it was in 2012 when the current team came together.

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Louisa Burden is Deputy Head at Hill House School, part of the Cambian Group.

Louisa completed a BEd honours degree in Primary education and started her career in a special school, teaching young people with autism. She was hooked and absolutely loved her work! She has continued to teach in this field for the last 25 years.

She completed a Masters degree in Autism which really helped to broaden her knowledge and understanding.

Louisa has been lucky enough to have been involved in a number of overseas training projects and has worked with many schools. She is the safeguarding lead at Hill House.

She believes in having high aspirations for all their young people and offering the best possible opportunities. Staff work hard to ensure that their curriculum is tailored to meeting each individual’s needs, and hope that they can give their young people the best chance in their next steps in preparation for adulthood.

Louisa is inspired by new ideas and initiatives and loves thinking about `what next`!

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Angie Iversen is the College Principal at Freeman College Sheffield. Freeman College is part of Ruskin Mill Trust, Nailsworth, Glos. Ruskin Mill Trust is a provider of SEN education for young people between 16 – 25 years old. Ruskin Mill takes its pedagogic method (Practical Skills Therapeutic Education) from the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, William Morris, and John Ruskin. Angie has worked for Ruskin Mill Trust since 2003 and has a MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education.

Angie has a wide experience of working with young people with SEN and autism – she started at Ruskin Mill College in Nailsworth as Cafe Assistant and has progressively moved into different roles across the Trust over 17 years. What she has learned from this experience is that all of us have the potential to develop our own conscious autotomy and will in order to take up our place in the world.

Timings

DayTime
Sat 18th July 202010am - 11.30pm

Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Parent/Family Carer£29.99
Professional£49.99
Adult on the Autism Spectrum£23.99

•This is the price for the whole Webinar Week and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars.
•Booking fees apply. £2.93 for parents and family carers, £4.49 for professionals, and £2.46 for adults on the autism spectrum.

Please click on the “View the event” orange button in your booking confirmation email or reminder emails to be sent to the webinar event page.

At the bottom of this page you will either see a countdown button (if logging in before 10am on 12th Oct, which will change to an orange “Join webinar” button from 9.55am that day) or an orange “Join webinar” button thereafter. Please click on this button to join the webinars over all six days. You can log in and out using this method as often as you wish.

If you do not already have Zoom downloaded on your device, you will be prompted to download the software and set up an account – this should only take two minutes to complete.

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Ticket holders will be able to gain 30 day access (until 20th Nov 2020) to video recordings of all live webinars, plus a selection of pre-recorded webinars from our specialist suppliers, by CLICKING HERE and entering the password which we will provide by email the week following Webinar Week.

Professionals will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance by email.

Autism Talks:

Fri 16th – Sat 17th October 2020

In partnership with 

Listen to the experiences of autistic adults to gain direct insights into your past, present and future, in partnership with Autism Assemble.

Just some of the webinars in this programme include: My time at school – The experiences and challenges I faced; Girls on the spectrum: autistic experiences of puberty; An introduction to sensory differences; My autism success story – From school to employment and beyond; and How being diagnosed at 44 changed my life for the better.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.30How COVID-19 is affecting the autism community, now and foreverConnor Ward
10.40 - 11.10Imagination/executive function: My biggest flaw
Tom Bowes
11.10 - 11.30Break 
11.30 - 12.00My time at school - The experiences and challenges I faced
Alex Manners
12.10 - 12.40 How being diagnosed at 44 changed my life for the better
 
Kelly Grainger
12.40 - 13.10Lunch break 
13.10 - 13.40The autistic adoptee - From troubled childhood to autisticly awesome
Richie Smith
13.50 - 14.20Girls on the spectrum: Autistic experiences of puberty
Vicky Whiting
14.20 - 14.40Break 
14.40 - 15.10Insights from an autistic teacher
 
Chris Bonnello
15.20 - 15.50Autism, accelerate the understanding
Dan Jones

Content may be subject to change.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.30What is Autism Assemble? - The online multi-media autism support groupConnor Ward and Holly Smith
10.40 - 11.10AspergerWorld - Masking, gaslighting, thriving and autism acceptanceJoely Williams
11.10 - 11.30Break 
11.30 - 12.00How I navigated through work life being autistic Max J Green
12.10 - 12.40 An introduction to sensory differencesGeorgia Harper and Sam Ahern
12.40 - 13.10Lunch break 
13.10 - 13.40My autism success story - From school to employment and beyondMichael Barton
13.50 - 14.20Parenting autistic children - Strategies and supportElla Tabb
14.20 - 14.40Break 
14.40 - 15.10Two years and counting - My adult autism diagnosis story Kevin Chapman
15.20 - 15.50Autistic and working in television: Navigating a ‘people business' Nick Ransom

Content may be subject to change.

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Connor Ward was diagnosed with autism at 18 and has since worked in many fields to try and make lives better for fellow people on the spectrum. Most work falls under the brackets of public speaking, consulting and vlogging. He’s worked with some of the most recognisable brands in the country on autism projects including Disney and Strictly Come Dancing.

He’s very proud to have worked very closely with the National Autistic Society working on many campaigns with them as well as being their first ‘Content Creator’. Highlights of working with them have included appearing on ITV News on World Autism Awareness Day last year and recently helping on their Coronavirus supermarket campaign.

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Trusted bargain-hunter and mum, Holly Smith, cuts thousands of pounds off her shopping and bills every year. She founded the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK (one of the largest Facebook groups in the world) and is on TikTok, Youtube and Instagram helping as many people as possible to save money too.

Holly was diagnosed at 26 as autistic after a lifetime of wondering what was “different” about her. Since then, Holly has done some advocacy work including her BBC Radio 1 Documentary “The Asperger’s Money Saver”. Holly joined forces with Connor Ward to create Autism Assemble.

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Alex Manners from Solihull is 23 and was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 10 years old. He presents talks about his life living with Asperger’s all over the UK to companies, banks, universities, councils and schools and in 2019 published his first book called “That’s Not Right! My Life Living with Asperger’s”. He previously presented his own weekly children’s radio show, appeared on two series of “The Undateables” on Channel 4 and has started an “Autism & Football” campaign to improve the match day experience for people with autism. Alex has a definite ‘lust for life’ and believes that you should never let your circumstances hold you back. To Alex, life is an adventure and he is determined to spend it pursuing his passions!

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Kelly Grainger is 44 years old and was diagnosed as autistic in December 2019. He has two children, who are also both autistic and a wife Hester. Together Kelly and Hester set up www.perfectlyautistic.co.uk an autism community, providing autistic support for parents, partners and people. Kelly and Hester also launched Hudia, a PR and Web design agency, having left the corporate world after 23 years, a decision that was driven in part to his autism diagnosis. Kelly sees his diagnosis as very positive and he now wants to raise awareness about autism, especially in adults.

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Richie Smith. Growing up without a diagnosis of ASD was difficult to say the least, struggling immensely with everyday life I didn’t understand where I fit into this world. Doing different behaviour’s that at the time I didn’t understand why I was doing them but really struggled to stop. As I have felt throughout life I have had to hide away and compress everything deep inside. I have learnt a lot about myself and become very self-aware. I feel this puts me in a very good position to help families, businesses, schools or the general public learn more about ASD and how they can change their environment or their behaviour to help people that have ASD. I try to show people that autism isn’t life limiting and they can achieve whatever they put their minds to. This year I released a new book called “The Art of the Weeing in the Sink”.

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Vicky Whiting is an Autistic blogger and PhD student at the University of Bolton. Diagnosed at the age of 25, Autism research became her passion, specifically exploring topics such as puberty and diagnosis. Vicky uses her platform to share her stories which she calls her ‘Autistic Musings’, stories which mix personal experience and educational insight to offer support to others.

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Chris Bonnello is an autistic advocate, award-winning writer and international speaker, also a novelist and special needs tutor (formerly a primary school teacher).

In 2015 he launched Autistic Not Weird to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective, a venture which has seen him attract 126,000 Facebook followers and over 2.5 million page hits on his website (autisticnotweird.com), as well as speaking engagements as far away as India and Sydney Opera House.

He is the author of the novel series “Underdogs”, a series of dystopia books with heroes from a special school, and “What We Love Most About Life”, an uplifting book designed to help autistic young people feel less alone. He was a nominee for the 2017 National Diversity Awards (Positive Role Model for Disability), two-time winner at the Autism Hero Awards (Top Journalist 2017, Online Social Community 2018) and won the National Autistic Society Professionals Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum in 2019.

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Joely Williams, 28, is an autistic and multi world and national award winning advocate, motivational speaker and best selling author of ‘AspergerWorld’.

Joely may not always ‘look’ autistic, but diagnosed at 2, she definitely is. Joely, who also has ADHD, used to be nonverbal and partially deaf, was told by experts she’d never communicate, love or contribute to society.

Now, Joely is an expert in her own right, and although she can’t leave her home without 121 aid or tie her shoe laces, Joely adores to share her story nationwide, as a writer and speaker. Always smiling, Joelys biggest passion is to empower understanding of the hidden depths of autism, challenge misconceptions, and raise awareness of the unintentional gaslighting of autistic people.

It’s challenging, but Joely wouldn’t change her autism for the world-she loves her AspergerWorld after all.

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Georgia Harper co-presented the Channel 4 documentary “Are You Autistic?” in March 2018. She has been involved in several other autism campaigning initiatives as a Youth Patron for Ambitious about Autism, including the award-winning Know Your Normal campaign around young autistic people’s mental health. Georgia now works in the policy team at autism research charity Autistica and leads the day-to-day running of Embracing Complexity, a coalition of organisations supporting people with neurodevelopmental conditions. She is passionate about bringing an autistic voice to the wider conversation about autism.

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Sam Ahern is an artist working in the mediums of film, sound, photography and illustration. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Red Gallery (Shoreditch), Camden Arts Centre and is currently part of the Barbican Young Visual Arts Group 2019 2020. She is a Youth Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism, a member of the AET’s Youth Advisory Panel and was one of the co presenters alongside Georgia Harper of Channel 4’s ‘Are You Autistic?’ which aired in 2018. Since then, she has spoken at the NAS Women and Girls Conference 2018, The Autism Show 2019 and AsIAm Conference in Dublin in 2019. She lives and works in London.

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Max J Green, 23, works in IT in Berkshire. Max is an actor, YouTuber and Public Speaker and has been in Main Acting Roles in Holby City, Doctors and The National Autism Society Video Campaign TMI employment film.

Max went to a specialist school and left without any GCSEs. But he managed to get an IT apprenticeship and, with a supportive and understanding team, really excelled. He was eventually named Apprentice of the Year in 2016.

Max is now passionate about sharing his experiences and inspiring other autistic people and employers and does speeches across the UK to raise awareness for Autism. Max makes weekly videos on his YouTube Channel MaxiAspie to raise awareness also and is also now an ambassador for National Autism Society and Wrestling Travel.

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Michael Barton is an experienced speaker, having given over 100 talks in the past decade. He has toured the UK and spoken alongside leading professionals. He is an international author with two published books and has contributed to many others.

He started his education in a special unit, progressed to mainstream with support and then went on to gain a degree in physics. He has now been working full time for 5 years as a Data Analyst, using his autistic skills to his advantage. Find out more at www.michaelbarton.org.uk

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Ella Tabb is a disability and autism online content creator, speaker and consultant. Ella is an autistic parent of two autistic children. She is known on the internet as Purple Ella and as well as her online content, via her YouTube and social media channels, she has developed talks and training which she has delivered all over the UK. Additionally She has worked as a contractor for the National Autistic Society on a number of projects.

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Kevin Chapman runs the most popular autism-focused YouTube channel in the UK with over 25 million views in the last couple of years. His channel tells the story of how he had to give up his career as a teacher to become a full-time carer for his son Andy, who is autistic, and at the time had been refusing to attend school for over a year.

In addition to helping Andy back in to school, as well as reaching many other milestones previously not thought possible, Kevin has worked closely with the National Autistic Society to raise over £10,000 for the charity as well as speaking about his experiences to raise autism awareness at The Autism Show, Summer in the City (the UK’s largest YouTube convention) and MCM London Comic Con (the largest pop culture event in Europe). He’s also appeared on ITV, BBC 2, Heart FM and Radio 5 Live and several national newspapers to spread his message that Different is not Broken.

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Daniel M. Jones (The Aspie World) is an international best selling author/video influencer with an award winning YouTube channel called The Aspie World.

The Aspie World is the biggest YouTube channel dedicated to autism from an autistic person in the world. The channel is dedicated to Autism awareness and understanding from an autistic person’s point of view. Creating engagement with real people to create real change in a positive and uplifting way. And also helps raise money for charities like the National Autistic Society.

Daniel Has a diagnosis of autism, OCD, ADHD and dyslexia and uses his influence to help educate people about Autism using his skills of video and social media influence. Daniel has also created the first ever neurodiverse panel talking about ADHD and autism at VidCon US which is the largest video convention in the world.

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My name is Tom Bowes, I was diagnosed at the age of 15. I have delivered talks many times at The Autism Show, for schools, professionals, foster carers and many more. I have a YouTube channel and Facebook page called Autistic Genius. The YouTube Channel has over 300 videos dedicated to my passion of raising Autism Awareness.

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Nick Ransom is a TV researcher based in Manchester. Diagnosed whilst at university, he has worked for some of the BBC’s biggest brands including Children in Need, A Question of Sport and Bitesize. Whilst exploring new opportunities with independent production companies, he also finds time to develop diverse programming for the UK’s major broadcasters.

He now campaigns for improved neurodiversity in the media, calling on the industry to improve representation. He says “So much neurodiverse talent will be turned away due to processes that will naturally discriminate them. We need to look at ourselves and ask ‘can we do more?’”. In August 2020, he launched a new Facebook group, The Neurodiverse Media Community.

Timings

DaysTimes
Fri 16th - Sat 17th Oct 202010am - 4pm

Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Parent/Family Carer£29.99
Professional£49.99
Adult on the Autism Spectrum£23.99

•This is the price for the whole Webinar Week and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars.
•Booking fees apply. £2.93 for parents and family carers, £4.49 for professionals, and £2.46 for adults on the autism spectrum.

Please click on the “View the event” orange button in your booking confirmation email or reminder emails to be sent to the webinar event page.

At the bottom of this page you will either see a countdown button (if logging in before 10am on 12th Oct, which will change to an orange “Join webinar” button from 9.55am that day) or an orange “Join webinar” button thereafter. Please click on this button to join the webinars over all six days. You can log in and out using this method as often as you wish.

If you do not already have Zoom downloaded on your device, you will be prompted to download the software and set up an account – this should only take two minutes to complete.

Your joining link to Webinar Week is unique to your email address (the email address entered when your booking was made, and where you received your booking confirmation and reminder emails). When you wish to join a webinar, please ensure you are logged into Zoom using this email address rather than an alternative, otherwise you may experience a delay.

We will email you a week after the Webinar Week with details on how to access recordings of all the live webinars, plus a selection of pre-recorded webinars from our specialist suppliers. Professionals will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance.

If you haven’t received a confirmation or reminder email from us, or generally have difficulties logging into the webinars, please contact us at info@autismshow.co.uk.

Ticket holders will be able to gain 30 day access (until 20th Nov 2020) to video recordings of all live webinars, plus a selection of pre-recorded webinars from our specialist suppliers, by CLICKING HERE and entering the password which we will provide by email the week following Webinar Week.

Professionals will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance by email.

Book the series now for just £29.99 for parents and family carers, and £49.99 for professionals. Content is CPD certified. Price includes 30 day access to recordings of all the webinars in the series.