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Supporting Autistic Teenagers & Young Adults:

Education, mental health & wellbeing

An online learning series: 11th & 12th December 2020

Welcome to Autism Learns. We provide trusted online learning to parents, carers and professionals who are caring for, and supporting, children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Brought to you by the organisers of The Autism Show, we share the knowledge and practical skills to help you manage lockdown, at home and in the workplace.

This December we’re running an online learning series looking specifically at autistic teenagers and young adults, and how you can successfully support their educational, mental health and wellbeing needs.

Adolescence and early adulthood can be especially challenging for autistic people. Feelings of social isolation, lack of self-worth, and pressures to learn and be more independent, lead to a heighted vulnerability and proneness to mental health difficulties.

By attending you’ll gain an exclusive audience with a team of leading autism specialists, who’ll take you through the strategies and approaches which can make a positive difference.

Learnings include:

  • The principles for creating the best learning environment
  • Effective academic accommodations
  • Understanding sensory processing and the sensory challenges educational environments present
  • Understanding the causes of behavioural issues
  • Reducing bullying and raising self-esteem
  • Communicating effectively
  • Tips to help autistic children and teens understand the causes of their anxiety
  • Understanding depression and what therapies can help
  • Developing friendship and relationship skills
  • Teaching autistic teenagers about puberty and sex

You’ll also be able to learn from the experiences of other attendees and have the opportunity to ask speakers for personalised advice.

What’s more, if you miss, or wish to re-watch, any of the live webinars, you can view recordings of them for 30 days after the series has ended.

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.

Support in Education:

Fri 11th December 2020

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.10Welcome and introductionKate Laird, Webinar Manager at Autism Learns
10.10 - 11.00Working with autistic students rather than against them: Basic principles for creating the best learning environment for autistic teens and young adults
  • Accommodating a visual learning style  
  • Using special interests to engage students
  • Transitions within the school day
  • Learning the warning signs of sensory and emotional overload
  • Why carrying out projects within groups might be counter-productive
  • Providing an escape route
  • Praise – how to/how not to give praise
  • Why PE can be a difficult issue for autistic teens and what to do about it


  • Allison Hope-West PGCE, Dip Sp Ed, Ba (hons), Med, Autism Consultant at Autism Education Support
    11.00 - 11.50Effective academic accommodations
  • How do autistic brains differ to neurotypical brains?
  • How does this impact on academic learning?
  • Masking techniques – what are these and how to spot them?
  • Strategies and academic modifications to support learning and achievement
  • Jim Taylor, Director of Jim Taylor Knows Autism
    11.50 - 12.30Understanding sensory processing and the sensory challenges educational environments present
  • What are the common sensory processing issues that autistic individuals experience?
  • What impact can these have in learning environments?
  • What simple adjustments and allowances can be made to help make schools and colleges for more sensory-friendly for autistic students?
  • What sensory based calming and regulating strategies can be used to help support students?
  • Alison Neal, Director and lead Occupational Therapist at Midlands Occupational Therapy Services
    12.30 - 13.00Lunch break 
    13.00 – 13.50Behaviour – Understanding the common causes of behavioural issues, put in place preventative strategies and provide effective support
  • What are the common types of behaviour in autistic teenagers and young adults?
  • Distress… not ‘acting out’ – how understanding causes of distressed behaviour can help in reducing triggers
  • What if it’s not caused by distress? Other common behavioural challenges and strategies to use in these scenarios
  • Behaviour plans: creating successful plans and what to do if they’re not working
  • Geoff Evans, Independent Trainer and Consultant
    13.50 – 14.30Not going out: What happens when autistic teens and young adults disengage?
  • My own experience of disengaging as an autistic adult
  • My practice as a SENCO supporting autistic learners
  • My work with parents of young people who are not accessing the education they need
  • Barney Angliss, SEN & Disability Consultant at ADLZ Insight
    14.30 – 15.00Promoting autism awareness in school: Reducing bullying and raising confidence levels and self-esteem for increased wellbeing
  • How can you create a positive environment through autism awareness and peer support networks?
  • Working with autistic teens and young adults to create tools for coping with bullying situations
  • Confidence-building techniques and strategies to improve self-esteem and build resilience
  • How to best respond to bullying situations to eliminate future occurrences and turn negativity around
  • Dr Emily Lovegrove, Founder of The Bullying Doctor

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    Allison Hope-West, BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip SEN, M(ed) Autism, has vast experience of being a Principal in a number of ASD specific schools and colleges, and has worked for the University of Birmingham as a distance learning tutor for twenty years on the Masters autism course. During her time as the Director of Autism for the Priory Group, she supported over 35 schools, colleges, CAHMs units and residential provision, and developed accredited autism training for all staff which was internationally recognised. She also worked for The Cambian Group as Director of placements.

    Allison now offers consultancy to senior leadership teams, training and support for parents. She lives In Hampshire with her husband and likes to spend time touring in her motorhome with her grandson.

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    Jim Taylor is an experienced professional in autism, having worked in the field for over 40 years. Currently working independently, he was formerly Director of Education and Support Services in a national organisation. He was instrumental in the design and development of New Struan School, a centre for autism, one of the first buildings in the world designed specifically around the learning styles and needs of autistic students.

    Having been “released back into the world of autism”, Jim is currently involved in a number of exciting new projects both in schools and in services for autistic adults around the UK and Ireland. He continues to work with individuals with an ASD, with their families and relevant professionals. He is the Chair of the National Autistic Society’s Accreditation Standards Body, and advises a number of UK-wide service providers and Local Education Authorities.

    In March 2015, Jim was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Autistic Society. In November of the same year, Jim was presented with the prestigious Excellence in Education Award by the Ohio Center for Autism in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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    Alison Neal is the Director of Midlands Occupational Therapy and provides specialist occupational therapy services for children and young adults with a range of difficulties.

    Alison is an advanced practitioner in sensory integration therapy; she has several years experience of providing post graduate training to other therapists on this subject and has co-authored a book on sensory movement breaks. Alison works with families, children and young people at home and in a variety of mainstream or special schools and colleges to find solutions to everyday problems that actually work and can be implemented at home or school. She can also offer assessments for EHC plans and tribunals where necessary.

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    Geoff Evans is an Independent Autism Consultant and Trainer.

    Geoff has worked with autistic children, adults and their families for thirty-six years. This has included twenty years as Head of Social Work Services with the National Autistic Society and Senior Lecturer in autism at Sheffield Hallam University. Geoff as qualifications in social work, Management and a MEd (distinction) in Training and Development. Over the past twenty-five years he has delivered training to professionals and parents in this country Europe and the Middle East. His training has been described as inspirational and very practical. He as been shortlisted for the lifetime achievement award by the National Autistic Society and the Bussion-lang award.

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    Barney Angliss is a Consultant at the National Star Foundation and Education & Training Foundation.

    Barney is a teacher, trainer, consultant, autistic speaker and researcher in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). He has appeared on TV, radio and in print for TES, SchoolsWeek, Special Needs Jungle, SBM Magazine, SEN Leader and Attendance Matters. His experience of autism has featured on the BBC Health pages.

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    Dr Emily Lovegrove is a lecturer and leader of many workshops on anti-bullying strategies.

    Emily runs her own private practice for children and young adults called The Bullying Doctor. She is the author of the book “Help! I’m Being Bullied” and her work has featured in various national media including The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Times, BBC News and Sky News.

    Timings

    DayTimes
    Fri 11th Dec 202010am - 3pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/Family Carer£29.99
    Professional£49.99
    Professional Groups (10 tickets or more)£44.99

    •This is the price for the whole two day series and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars
    •Booking fees apply: £2.93 for parent/family carers, £4.49 for professionals and £4.09 for professional groups

    We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the first webinar is due to take place, followed by two reminder emails. Our webinars are broadcast on Zoom.

    In order to watch the webinar, you will need the following:

    • A computer, tablet or smartphone with working speakers (a computer is preferable to better view the presentations, participate in live polls and chat with other attendees if you wish)
    • An internet connection with a good speed

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

    Please try and join the webinar a few minutes early in order to allow time for the Zoom download if necessary, and to be ready for the start at 10am.

    Alternatively you may wish to watch the webinars when it’s most convenient to you. If so, we will email you details on how to access video recordings of all webinars in the series, the week following the event. You will have 30 days to watch them.

    If you don’t receive a booking confirmation or joining email from us, or generally have difficulties logging into the webinars, please contact us at info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Ticket holders will gain 30 day access (until 15th Jan 2021) to video recordings of all webinars in the series, plus speaker presentation slides and Q&A transcripts, by CLICKING HERE and entering the password provided by us the week following this event.

    Professional ticket holders will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance by email.

    Support with Mental Health & Wellbeing:

    Sat 12th December 2020

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    10.00 - 10.10Welcome and introductionKate Laird, Webinar Manager at Autism Learns
    10.10 - 11.00Communicating effectively with an autistic teenager/young adult
  • Barriers to communication
  • Talking tips – environment, timing and body language – how to adjust these to improve openness and dialogue
  • Why verbal? Think about alternatives to verbal communication
  • Communicating with a non-verbal individual
  • Adjusting your communication style – collaborative /non-violent communication
  • Teaching anger management skills
  • Debby Elley, Co-Founder of AuKids Magazine and Gareth D Morewood, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester and Educational Advisor to Studio III
    11.00 - 11.50Autism and anxiety – Tips to help autistic children and teens understand what causes their anxiety and how to combat it
  • What is anxiety and what can be the common causes of anxiety in autistic children and teens?
  • Catastrophising
  • How to help identify what is causing their anxiety
  • Strategies for managing anxiety
  • Technological supports
  • Reece Coker, SEND Workshops and Training Manager at POINT
    11.50 - 12.20Understanding depression and what therapies can help autistic teenagers and young adults
  • What are the common causes of depression?
  • How to spot the signs that an autistic teenager/young adult is depressed
  • Talking to an autistic teenager/young adult about their depression
  • Things you can do at home and at school to help
  • Alison Drewett, Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at De Montfort University and Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Associate Professor of Communication in Mental Health at University of Leicester
    12.20 - 13.00Self-harm and suicidal behaviours: How to spot them and what to do
  • Why do people self-harm and how to talk to teenagers/young adults about it?
  • Is there a connection between self-harming and suicide?
  • “I want to commit suicide.” What to do if an autistic teenager/young adult tells you they want to commit suicide
  • Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Associate Professor of Communication in Mental Health at University of Leicester and Alison Drewett, Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at De Montfort University
    13.00 - 13.30Lunch break 
    13.30 - 14.20Teaching autistic teenagers about puberty and sex
  • Why is it crucial to prepare an autistic teenager for the changes that will happen in puberty?
  • What should we tell them about sex and when?
  • How to have successful conversations about embarrassing topics
  • Lynne Moxon, Independent Psychologist, Trainer and Speaker
    14.20 – 15.00Developing friendship and relationship skills in autistic teenagers and young adults
  • Emotional intelligence – what is it and why is it so important?
  • How to teach a more sophisticated understanding of emotional self-regulation and identification of emotions in others
  • Practicing dynamic thinking in reciprocal interactions and roleplaying situations
  • Developing and maintaining friendships
  • Social skills training – what’s out there and how to access them?
  • Jasper Estabillo PhD, Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic and Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Department of Psychology

    Content may be subject to change.

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    Debby Elley is the Co-Founder and Editor of the award-winning social enterprise AuKids magazine, a UK publication for parents of children on the spectrum. She has 17 year old twin sons with autism, one in a specialist setting and another in mainstream college.

    In 2018 her book “15 Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism” was published by Jessica Kingsley and this year her children’s book “The Ice Cream Sundae Guide to Autism”, which she co-authored with Tori Houghton, was released and quickly became a best seller.

    Debby and co-speaker Gareth Morewood, worked closely together when Gareth headed up the Curriculum Support team at her son’s school.

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    Gareth D Morewood is the Educational Advisor for Studio III (www.studio3.org). Previously he worked for 25 years in UK. schools; 17 of which were as SENCo in a large, inclusive secondary school in the North West of England. Gareth has extensive ‘front-line’ experience supporting schools, families and working directly with young people in the UK and abroad.

    Gareth is Co-Director of the LASER Programme, which fuses his critically acclaimed Saturation Model (Morewood, Humphrey & Symes, 2011) with Low Arousal Approaches (McDonnell & Deveau, 2018) as part of a system led model of inclusive practice.

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    Reece 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.

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    Dr Michelle O’Reilly, (BSc [hons], MSc, MA, PhD, PGCAPHE), is an Associate Professor of Communication in Mental Health at the University of Leicester and a Research Consultant for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Michelle is also a Chartered Psychologist in Health. Michelle has specific interest in child and adolescent mental health.

    Michelle has made several media contributions about her research on social media and mental health funded by the Wellcome Trust. Michelle also undertakes research in self-harm and suicidal behaviour, neurodevelopmental conditions, and child mental health services, such as mental health assessments and family therapy.

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    Alison Drewett is a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at De Montfort University in Leicester. She is also in her third year of a part-time PhD Studentship funded by ARC-EM, National Institute of Health Research. The UNITE research uses a video-reflexive ethnographic design to investigate staff and patient interaction in mental health hospital ward rounds. It also uses reflective interviews with patients and staff to facilitate quality improvements in communication practices.

    Alison is also a highly specialist speech and language therapist in adult mental health care particularly engaged with supporting autistic in-patients with mental health conditions.

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    Lynne Moxon is an Educational Psychologist who works as a consultant for ESPA a specialist service for autistic adults. She has just retired from her post as a senior lecturer at Northumbria University but continues to lecture on the Masters in Autism course.

    Lynne trains nationally and internationally in the field of autism specialising in sex and relationship education. She is currently preparing a distance learning course on SRE for Birmingham University.

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    Jasper Estabillo PhD. is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the UCLA PEERS Clinic and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Department of Psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from Louisiana State University and completed her predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behaviour in the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities track. She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of research and clinical settings, and she has extensive experience in applied behaviour analysis. Her postdoctoral work focuses on training community mental health providers in evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. In the UCLA PEERS Clinic, she facilitates PEERS for Young Adults social skills groups.

    Timings

    DayTimes
    Sat 12th Dec 202010am - 3pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/Family Carer£29.99
    Professional£49.99
    Professional Groups (10 tickets or more)£44.99

    •This is the price for the whole two day series and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars
    •Booking fees apply: £2.93 for parent/family carers, £4.49 for professionals and £4.09 for professional groups

    We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the first webinar is due to take place, followed by two reminder emails. Our webinars are broadcast on Zoom.

    In order to watch the webinar, you will need the following:

    • A computer, tablet or smartphone with working speakers (a computer is preferable to better view the presentations, participate in live polls and chat with other attendees if you wish)
    • An internet connection with a good speed

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

    Please try and join the webinar a few minutes early in order to allow time for the Zoom download if necessary, and to be ready for the start at 10am.

    Alternatively you may wish to watch the webinars when it’s most convenient to you. If so, we will email you details on how to access video recordings of all webinars in the series, the week following the event. You will have 30 days to watch them.

    If you don’t receive a booking confirmation or joining email from us, or generally have difficulties logging into the webinars, please contact us at info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Ticket holders will gain 30 day access (until 15th Jan 2021) to video recordings of all webinars in the series, plus speaker presentation slides and Q&A transcripts, by CLICKING HERE and entering the password provided by us the week following this event.

    Professional ticket holders 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.