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Welcome to The Autism Show: Webinar Week

An online learning series: 14th – 19th June 2021

In partnership with 

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

Over six days in June, you will have the opportunity to watch a huge range of webinars live streamed from across the UK and beyond. Our webinars will provide you with the latest autism news, practical strategies 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 when it’s most convenient to you. Plus, you can watch a whole host of additional pre-recorded webinars from a selection of autism specialist suppliers.

In this, our 11th year, we are particularly excited by our world renowned speaker line-up which includes Dr Temple Grandin, Dr Peter Vermeulen, Carol Gray, Dr Wenn Lawson and Jennifer Cook (formerly Cook O’Toole).

Autism Matters:

Mon 14th – Tues 15th June 2021

In partnership with 

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

This year we have an unprecedented line-up of renowned international speakers who will be live streaming from across the globe including Dr Temple Grandin, Author, Speaker, Activist and Professor at Colorado State University; Dr Peter Vermeulen, Author, Lecturer and Consultant at Autism in Context; Dr Wenn Lawson, Psychologist, Lecturer and Author; Carol Gray, Consultant, International Speaker and Author, and creator of Social Stories™; and Jennifer Cook (formerly Cook O’Toole), Consultant, International Speaker and Author of the “Asperkids” series.

Closer to home, highlights include webinars from Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society; Gina Davies, Sleep Counsellor, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and creator of the Attention Autism approach; and Dr Joanna Klejnotowska, Consultant Paediatrician at Early Assessment Private Practice.

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 - 11.30Autism and ADHD: Benefits of seeing a paediatrician
  • The overlap between autism and ADHD
  • Diagnosis
  • How to support someone with autism and ADHD at home and school
  • To medicate or not medicate
  • Dr Joanna Klejnotowska, Consultant Paediatrician at Early Assessment Private Paediatric Practice
    11.30 - 11.40Break 
    11.40 - 12.25 New ways of regulating the sector: let’s talk about how we want to work with you  
  • The CQC’s new strategy to regulate health and social care
  • Supporting better communication during inspections
  • Interactive polls and Q&A
  • Debbie Ivanova, Chief Inspector for People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People at the Care Quality Commission
    12.25 - 13.00Models of post-diagnostic support: exploring what works and what doesn't
  • Highlighting good practice and ways to implement/adapt it to suit different needs
  • Charlene Tait, Deputy CEO of Scottish Autism
    13.00 - 13.30Lunch break 
    13.30 - 14.20Sleep - let's get some! Practical strategies to promote better sleep in preschool and primary aged childrenGina Davies, Sleep Counsellor, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Gina Davies Autism Centre and creator of the Attention Autism approach
    14.20 - 15.10Writing Social Stories right
  • Case studies that address challenging topics (COVID-19, loss and emotions)
  • Identifying and correcting common Social Story misconceptions
  • Get equipped with the most recent Social Story information
  • Understand the role of the Criteria in ensuring safe and meaningful Stories
  • Carol Gray, Consultant, International Speaker, Author and creator of Social Stories™
    15.10 - 15.30Break 
    15.30 - 16.20Autistic and happy: mission (im)possible?
  • 10 evidence based well-being strategies to help autistic people find happiness
  • Dr Peter Vermeulen, Author, Lecturer and Consultant at Autism in Context
    16.20 - 16.30Closing 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 - 11.00Gender dysphoria and autism
  • Exploring and understanding emotional issues around gender dysphoria for autistic people
  • Dr Wenn Lawson, World-renowned psychologist, lecturer and author
    11.00 - 11.40Learning to poo in the loo!
  • Why toilet training for autistic children can be a struggle
  • Practical strategies for managing behavioural issues
  • Approaches to address sensory sensitivities
  • Advice on overcoming specific toileting difficulties
  • Dr Eve Fleming, Clinical Education Fellow at the University of Warwick Medical School
    11.40 - 11.50Break 
    11.50 - 12.30 The 3 C Pathway: a simple relational approach for parents and professionals to positively support the young people they live and work with
     
  • A relationship based intervention that supports you and the child to work better together
  • Increasing awareness of the sensory experience of a child with autism
  • Exciting new strategies that really make a difference
  • Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    12.30 - 13.20One size fits nobody: ensuring good outcomes for all children in mainstream settingsJim Taylor, Director of Jim Taylor Knows Autism
    13.20 - 14.00Lunch break 
    14.00 - 15.00Autism in Heels
  • The untold story of a female life on the spectrum
  • Strategies to help cope with anxiety
  • The pressure to mask
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationships
  • Jennifer Cook (formerly Cook O'Toole), Consultant, International Speaker and Author of the "Asperkids" series
    15.00 - 16.00An interview with Temple Grandin
  • Dr Temple Grandin will share her insights into how to help young people with different kinds of minds succeed
  • Dr Temple Grandin, Author, speaker, activist and Professor at Colorado State University and Helen Ellis, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator at the National Autistic Society
    16.00 - 16.50"Mildly autistic" doesn't mean mildly affected by autism. Top tips for teaching autistic students from an autistic teacher Chris Bonello, Trainer, Speaker and Author at AutisticnotWeird.com
    16.50 - 17.00Closing remarks Kate Laird, Webinar Manager at The Autism Show and Autism Learns

    Content may be subject to change.

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    Dr Temple Grandin is an author, speaker, activist and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, USA.

    Dr Grandin is well known to many for her trailblazing work as a spokesperson for people with autism and her lifelong work with animal behaviour.

    Her life’s work has been to understand her own autistic mind, and to share that knowledge with the world, aiding in the treatment of individuals with the condition. Her understanding of the human mind has aided her in her work with animal behaviour, and she is one of the most respected experts in both autism and animal behaviour in the world.

    Dr Grandin has earned multiple degrees, written several books, given hundreds of speeches in her career, and has shared priceless insight into the way the autistic mind works. Grandin outlined the three different types of autistic ways of thinking, helping millions of people with her research and never-ending work.

    Articles about Dr Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

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    Dr Peter Vermeulen, MSc and PhD in Psychology and Educational Sciences, has worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years. He is a Senior lecturer at Autisme Centraal, a training and education centre for autism spectrum disorders. Peter is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer and he presents all over Europe and beyond.

    Peter has written more than 15 books and several articles on autism. His books include, “This is the title: on autistic thinking” (2001), “I am Special: handbook for psycho-education” (2000, revised edition 2013), and “Autism as Context Blindness” (2012), a book than won several awards in the USA.

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    Dr Wenn Lawson, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MAPs, is a psychologist, lecturer and author. Wenn has run his own business for more than 20 years. Aged two, he was misdiagnosed as intellectually disabled, at school of being incapable of doing as he was told, at 17 misdiagnosed with schizophrenia; in and out of Mental Health Institutions; eventually aged 42, diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition (ASC), ADHD, dyspraxia and learning difficulties.

    Wenn is currently a Teaching Fellow with Birmingham University’s online Masters autism course. He is co-chair of the Australian Autism Research Council, resides on the Autism Open Access board and the board for SEAL(Community College in Warrnambool, Australia), and the ICAN board, South West (Australia). He is a participant and advisor for Autism CRC, Australia, a Project Team member and mentor for Future Leaders, and he has written numerous books (and papers) on ASC.

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    Carol Gray is a Consultant to children, adolescents, and adults with autism, providing support via workshops and presentations, information, referral, resources, and direct services to individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who work on their behalf. She is an internationally sought-after keynote and seminar speaker.

    Carol is best known for the development of Social Stories, a respected evidence-based practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages. Carol was the first teacher for students with autism at Jenison Public Schools in Jenison, Michigan 1977-2004. In 1989, Carol began writing stories for her students to share information with them that they seemed to be missing, information that so many of us take for granted. Many of the stories resulted in immediate and marked improvement in her students’ responses to daily events and interactions.

    She has completed groundbreaking work on some of the toughest topics in autism by reviewing the research, developing new theories, and proposing practical instructional strategies, most notably Gray’s Guide to Bullying (2004) and Gray’s Guide to Loss, Learning, and Students with ASD (2003).

    Carol has received many awards for her international contribution to the education and welfare of children, adolescents, and adults with autism. These include Social Thinking’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Learning Spring School’s Spectrum Award, and the Autism Society of America’s Education Book of the Year.

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    Jennifer Cook (formerly Cook O’Toole) was identified as being on the spectrum in 2011, just after her three children. She is now the author of seven bestselling books – the Asperkids collection, Sisterhood of the Spectrum, and Autism in Heels – which include a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, a Publishers Weekly “Best Book” title winner, and three of BookAuthority’s “Best-Selling” and “Top Autism Books of All Time.”

    Jennifer is a multi-award-winning international speaker, having keynoted at the White House and the National Institutes of Health. She sits on the Advisory Board to the Sesame Street Workshop and the Panel of Self Advocates to the Autism Society of America, among others. Most recently, she is the founder of a brand-new venture called belong, a virtual wonderland of enrichment and community, empowering neurodiverse individuals worldwide.

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    Jim Taylor is Director of Jim Taylor Knows Autism.

    Jim 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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    Gina Davies is a Sleep Counsellor, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Gina Davies Autism Centre and creator of the Attention Autism approach.

    Gina has worked in the field of Special Educational Needs as a speech and language therapist for over 20 years in both clinic, education and family settings. Gina set up and ran an early intervention centre – a specialist nursery for children with autism where speech and language therapy and teaching were integrated into an intensive specialist early intervention curriculum. For the last 10 years Gina has been taking the work developed within the specialist nursery setting to a wider age range and variety of educational placements – both specialist and mainstream.

    Gina is passionate about delivering joyful and motivating speech and language therapy that has at its heart a real understanding of communication, the impact of autism on learning and the need to involve the children in dynamic and engaging activities.

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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 Joanna Ewa Klejnotowska is a Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in Developmental Paediatrics.

    Dr Joanna is Consultant Paediatrician, working in Community Paediatrics and Neurodisability Service in Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Early Assessment Private Paediatric Practice. She is involved in assessment and management of a wide range of developmental and behavioural conditions including Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

    Her special interest is particularly in early detection of Autism Spectrum Conditions and she is very passionate about early interventions as a way to improve long-term developmental outcomes.

    Dr Joanna is a member of the Multidisciplinary Assessment Team in the Paediatric Neurodisability Service, Ryegate Children’s Centre, Sheffield, which offers both secondary and tertiary autism assessments for children and young people.

    She is a founder of Early Assessment Paediatric Practice, which offers screening and multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Conditions, ADHD and other developmental and behavioural difficulties. For more information on Early Assessment Paediatric Practice, please CLICK HERE.

    She is Educational and Clinical Supervisor in Postgraduate Paediatric Training.

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    Debbie Ivanova is Deputy Chief Inspector for People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People at the Care Quality Commission.

    Debbie has worked in regulation since 1998. She worked at the CQC predecessors, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) and was assigned CQC Head of Regional Compliance then Head of Inspection for the South Region in 2014. She was appointed Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in 2016.

    Passionate about human rights, she wants to make sure that every person receiving care has their rights respected and that all services fully meet legal requirements and adopt best practice. She believes this can be achieved through effective liaison with providers, keeping up with developments in the sector and with an awareness of the current challenges in social care.

    As a qualified social worker, Deborah’s previous posts include inspecting learning disability services in Gloucestershire and managing a residential service for people with disabilities coming out of long stay hospital. She was also a project worker in a respite service for children with disabilities and a care assistant in a children’s home.

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    Charlene Tait is Deputy CEO of Scottish Autism.

    Charlene Tait has worked in the field of autism for twenty eight years. In that time she has been engaged in direct practice and service development. She was lecturer and Course Director in Postgraduate Autism studies at the University of Strathclyde and has been involved in a number of national strategic initiatives. Charlene’s time in autism began in 1990 with Scottish Autism (then Scottish Society for Autistic Children), she returned to the organisation in 2011 to take up the post of Director of Development and is now Deputy CEO.

    Her main areas of interest are in family support and enabling quality of life and quality lifestyles for people across the autism spectrum.

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    Dr Eve Fleming is the Clinical Education Fellow at the University of Warwick Medical School.

    Eve qualified as a doctor in 1965 and, after junior posts in hospital, became a general practitioner. She later transferred to community child health, dealing with children and teenagers with chronic health problems. Her special interest was in adolescent health as I felt the health needs of this group were often neglected.

    Eve went on to run a local bowel and bladder service and soon became known as the ‘wee and poo doctor’, which she took as a compliment! Eve also trained other staff and supervised nurses who ran clinics. She now helps run toilet training courses for the National Autistic Society.

    Bowel and bladder problems have perhaps more impact than almost any other medical condition on children’s self esteem, education and social relationships, and effective treatment can change children’s lives.

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    Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett are the founders of Act for Autism, a not for profit social enterprise that delivers training to parents, teachers and healthcare professional across the Midlands, they have also been organising community drama and film projects enabling young autistics to speak up about their autism, for over 15 years. The films have won awards at international film festivals and a prestigious Autism professionals Award in 2020. They have published a book with JKP entitled ‘Connecting and Communicating with your Autistic child.’ Exploring and explaining their successful relational approach, ‘The 3 C Pathway.’

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    Chris Bonnello is an autistic advocate, award-winning writer, international speaker, 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. In 2020, his second book in the “Underdogs” series was shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize.

    Timings

    DaysTimes
    Mon 14th - Tues 15th June 202110am - 4pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/Family Carer£39.99
    Professional£59.99
    Professional Groups (10 tickets or more)£49.99
    Adult on the Autism Spectrum£34.99

    •This is the price for the whole Webinar Week and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars.
    •Booking fees apply. £3.71 for parents and family carers, £5.27 for professionals, £4.49 for professional groups and £3.31 for adults on the autism spectrum.

    We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the first webinar is due to take place, followed by a reminder email. Our webinars are live streamed 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 of the first session.

    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@autismshow.co.uk.

    Ticket holders will be able to gain 30 day access (until 24th July 2021) 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 16th – Thurs 17th June 2021

    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 maze; creating welcoming school environments for autistic girls; managing change and transitions; managing anxieties; challenges with eating and drinking; positive behaviour support: enhancing quality of life, health and well-being; using a symbol based app to support communication, literacy and more; and developing proactive and integrated practice to manage distressed behaviour for young people with ASD and mental health diagnoses.

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    10.00 - 10.30Communication in a snap: using a symbol based app to support communication, literacy and more!Alice Langley, Training and Education Manager at Tobii Dynavox
    10.40 - 11.10Navigating the SEN mazeNicole Lee, Senior Solicitor at SEN Legal

    11.10 - 11.30Break 
    11.30 - 12.00How Brain in Hand empowers autistic people to take control of their independenceNicola Doherty, SBRI Project Manager at Brain in Hand
    12.10 - 12.40 Positive Behaviour Support: enhancing quality of life, health and well-being Hazel Ashmore, Senior Myicro Clinical Manager and Luke Murphy, PBS Manager, at Home From Home Care
    12.40 - 13.20Lunch break 
    13.20 - 13.50Creating welcoming environments for autistic girlsLisa Camilleri, Headteacher and Naj D'Silva, Assistant Head, at The Holmewood School
    14.00 - 14.30Boosting sensory processing, emotional well-being and social skills in a practical way at home - with free SAS listening course.Steven Michaëlis, CEO of SAS Centre
    14.30 - 14.50Break 
    14.50 - 15.20Managing change and transitions: big and small Matt Wicks, Outreach Consultant at BeyondAutism
    15.30 - 16.00Magic moments managing meltdowns 
    Andrew Whitehouse, Specialist in Neurological Diversity and Forensic SEND Consultant, in partnership with TTS

    Content may be subject to change.

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    10.00 - 10.30Using the updated Widgit Symbol set in InPrint 3 to create key symbol documents.
    Sue White, Education Specialist at Widgit Software
    10.40 - 11.10Developing proactive and integrated practice to manage challenging behaviour for young autistic people and mental health diagnoses
    Cassandra Pollitt, Head Teacher of Cambian Wing College
    11.10 - 11.30Break 
    11.30 - 12.00Understanding behaviour and moving it on positivelyNatalie Mills, Assessment Manager and Occupational Therapist at Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form
    12.10 - 12.40 Discovering your sensory profile
    Lorraine Young (Autistic Adult), Sensooli Community Manager and Co-founder of Chewigem Originals
    12.40 - 13.20Lunch break 
    13.20 - 13.50The Safespace: challenging behaviours, sensory processing and sleep disorders Sharon Baillie, Product Advisor at Safespaces
    14.00 - 14.30Challenges with eating and drinking within the autism spectrumSelina Wightman and Hayley Gazeley, Clinical Wellbeing Leads and Speech and Language Therapists at Options Autism
    14.30 - 14.50Break 
    14.50 - 15.20Managing my anxieties, "sticky thoughts" and feelings: sharing Tom's story Clare Cusack, Parent and Co-founder of Orkid Ideas
    15.30 - 16.00Protecting vulnerable beneficiaries Philip Ogden, Senior Estate Planning Consultant at Estate Planning Solutions

    Content may be subject to change.

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    Alice Langley is Training and Education Manager at Tobii Dynavox. As a Speech and Language Therapist, Alice has experience of supporting people with communication difficulties specifically in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

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    Nicole Lee is a Senior Solicitor with nationally based specialist practice, SEN Legal. Nicole has worked in the field of special educational Needs and disability for 12 years, first working as a domiciliary support worker for young people and adults aged 18-25 alongside her law degree and legal practice course for 6 years, before qualifying as a solicitor with SEN Legal. Nicole is known for her breadth of experience in special educational needs law, with special interest in the interaction with child and adult social care.

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    Nicola Doherty is the Project Manager of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) project at Brain in Hand. This large, national project is designed to explore how Brain in Hand‘s digital self-management system can support people on the waiting list for an autism diagnosis to live a more independent life. Nicola brings with her 15 years of research experience and is excited to be leading this novel project as research in this area has not been done before. Nicola is passionate about putting the needs of autistic people at the very forefront of the work she does.

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    Hazel Ashmore is the Senior Myicro Clinical Manager and a registered nurse, specialising in learning disabilities, at Home From Home Care. Hazel oversees all aspects of health and wellbeing around the individuals we support, developing systems and processes to promote good health. Data is also key in Hazel’s role to understand and monitor the effectiveness of care and treatment for all health and mental health needs, identify risks and liaising with other health professionals where required.

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    Luke Murphy is the Positive Behaviour Support Manager (PBS) at Home From Home Care and oversees a team of 22 PBS Partners within the services – all focused on enhancing the quality of life of the individuals we support. Data is key to informing decision making, as it enables proactive support and preventative measures to be put in place in order to measure outcomes and enable each individual to lead a fulfilled and meaningful life on their own terms.

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    Lisa Camilleri has spent the last five years as Head of the Holmewood School in North London, a multi-site provision for autistic young people aged 7-19. Prior to this Lisa was Deputy Principal of Radlett Lodge School, working with the NAS. Over her 20 years in education (17 of which have been autism specific) she has worked in both mainstream and SEN provisions; Independent, charity funded, and local authority provisions; Residential and day schools. Lisa has worked with many young people spanning the autism spectrum and has experience of those who are verbal and non verbal, and those who have additional needs such as ADHD, OCD, Learning delays, and mental health needs.

    Lisa holds postgraduate qualifications in both autism and educational leadership. Her school has won several awards over recent years, including TES Independent School awards for “Wellbeing Initiative of the Year 2019” and “Senior Leadership Team of the Year 2019”.

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    Naj D’Silva has spent the last ten years as part of the Holmewood School in North London, a multi-site provision for autistic young people aged 7-19. Naj was part of the small team to set up the school in 2010 and is now Assistant Head for SMSC and Enrichment. Prior to Holmewood, Naj was Head of Department at Oasis Academy, Shirley Park and completed her NQT year in The Outer Hebrides following a career change from International Business.

    Naj has completed her NPQSL senior leadership qualification and runs an award winning social enterprise called Footprints Life Camp which provides specialist day and residential camps for young people on the autistic spectrum with the aim of increasing independence and reducing social exclusion. Naj was also part of the SLT who won two TES Independent School awards in 2019.

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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 and language. He will offer a short SAS listening course for free to all attendees of his webinar.

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    Matt Wicks is Outreach Consultant at BeyondAutism. Matt has worked with children and young people since 2007, in a variety of settings including mainstream schools, special needs schools and ABA specific special schools. Matt completed his Masters in ABA in 2014 and began working towards the BCBA exam. He qualified in 2017 and joined BeyondAutism as an Outreach Consultant in June of that year. He is passionate about disseminating knowledge and understanding of ABA.

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    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 as well as behavioural interventions. Andrew has a number of roles including training, strategies and therapies for education professionals in early years settings and schools, 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. Andrew 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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    Sue White is Education Specialist at Widgit Software. Sue joined the Widgit team in January 2018 having previously been an Advisory Teacher with the Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS) in East Sussex for over 16 years. 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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    Cassandra Pollitt is Head Teacher at Cambian Wing College and has a wealth of experience in school improvement, special educational needs, pastoral care and behaviour management. Her previous roles have included Head of Education, SENCo, and Local Authority consultancy. Cass is an Advanced Skills Teacher and licensed “Thrive” practitioner and she has held senior leadership roles in both secondary mainstream schools and within special educational needs establishments, including those specialising in mental health and autism. Her child-centred approach puts the students’ individual needs firmly at the heart of the support packages provided at Cambian Wing College.

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    Natalie Mills qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002, she has spent most of her career working with children and the recent half working as a school based OT at Alderwasley Hall School, an amazing independent specialist school in Derbyshire for pupils with ASC and associated conditions.

    She in part of an onsite training team and delivers both behaviour management, occupational and sensory processing focused training. She also heads up the assessment team where she oversees and coordinates the process of assessment and admission of new students at Alderwasley Hall School.

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    Lorraine Young is an autistic adult with sensory processing difficulties. Lorraine co-founded Chewigem in 2011 when her eldest child was going through a diagnosis and she has been helping customers across the world for over 10 years with their sensory differences. What started out with the need to chew is now a community of people learning about their senses under our new brand Sensooli.

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    Sharon Baillie is an experienced Product Advisor and works closely with families, carers and professionals to develop safe environments and specialist beds. As a product expert, Sharon supports adults and children with complex needs by creating solutions custom-made to meet their individual care requirements.

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    Selina Wightman is Clinical Wellbeing Lead and Speech and Language Therapist at Options Autism.

    Selina joined Acorn Park School, part of Options Autism, in November 2020. Her previous experience has been working in the NHS as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for 21 years, in the field of autism spectrum conditions and other associated diagnoses. Selina has led the diagnosis and intervention part of the service working closely with other team members e.g. Occupational Therapy and CAMHS. In the last 4 years, she have worked with adults with autism spectrum and mental health presentations.

    Selina is also a Dysphagia Therapist, which involves assessing and treating eating and swallowing difficulties. She additionally acts as a positive Behaviour Support Coach and has a leadership qualification. Selina aims to work collaboratively with school staff and residential staff, to provide therapy support in an integrated way in order to address the needs of the pupils, and maximise the best clinical and wellbeing outcomes.

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    Hayley Gazeley is Clinical Wellbeing Lead and Speech and Language Therapist at Options Autism.

    Hayley began her role at The Shires, part of Options Autism, in November 2020. She completed a Speech and Language Therapy degree in 2008 and has worked with children, young people and adults with social, emotional and learning difficulties, including autism since 2009. Hayley is passionate about giving young people a voice by ensuring that they have access to their preferred method of communication. She enjoys delivering therapy using a range of communication approaches.

    Hayley also completed her Dysphagia training in 2014 and is in the second year of a masters in Psychology. Throughout her career, she has worked in established clinical teams and is enjoying supporting the Clinical Team at The Shires.

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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 is a unique and versatile system for making personalised visual schedules, timetables and checklists to help autistic individuals with their communication, organisation and routines.

    It was Clare’s experience of using visual supports with Tomas when he was younger, that inspired her to develop portable, durable and affordable visual supports to help improve the lives of other autistic individuals.

    Originally launched in 2013 as a school bag packing checklist kit, the TomTag range now has over 20 different kits to help with a variety of issues and areas of life.

    Winners at both the TEACH Primary Resource Awards and TEACH Early Years Awards in 2018 and 2020 TomTag also received a boost from retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis to his 500,000 Twitter followers as part of his Small Business Sunday Initiative.

    Website: www.orkidideas.com, Facebook: @OrkidIdeas, Twitter: @OrkidIdeas, Instagram: @orkidideas.

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

    In his webinar, Philip will illustrate the importance of making and structuring a Will to ensure the financial protection of the vulnerable people you care for in the future.

    Timings

    DaysTimes
    Wed 16th - Thurs 17th June 202110am - 4pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/Family Carer£39.99
    Professional£59.99
    Professional Groups (10 tickets or more)£49.99
    Adult on the Autism Spectrum£34.99

    •This is the price for the whole Webinar Week and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars.
    •Booking fees apply. £3.71 for parents and family carers, £5.27 for professionals, £4.49 for professional groups and £3.31 for adults on the autism spectrum.

    We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the first webinar is due to take place, followed by a reminder email. Our webinars are live streamed 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 of the first session.

    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@autismshow.co.uk.

    Ticket holders will be able to gain 30 day access (until 24th July 2021) 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 18th – Sat 19th June 2021

    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: How acting in “The A Word” saved my autistic self; autism and women – the differences in how autism may present itself; the sensory system – a guide to sensory differences in autistic people; how to survive as an autistic teenager; my journey from autism diagnosis to autistic teacher; my positive approach to living with Asperger’s; and the autism advantage – making the most of neurodivergent talent in the workplace.

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    10.00 - 10.30What can we learn from the pandemic to improve the lives of autistic people
    Connor Ward
    10.40 - 11.10The benefits of late diagnosis: self-awareness and self-acceptanceBrian Bird
    11.10 - 11.30Break 
    11.30 - 12.00Why mental health problems have a high occurrence in autistic peopleThomas Henley
    12.10 - 12.40 How to raise an autism family - myself and my son’s experiences Denis Deasy
    12.40 - 13.10Lunch break 
    13.10 - 13.40Autism and women - the differences in how autism may present itselfSiena Castellon
    13.50 - 14.20My positive approach to living with Asperger'sAlex Manners
    14.20 - 14.40Break 
    14.40 - 15.10Any questions?: Q&A with a panel of speakers on the spectrum
  • Your chance to quiz adults on the spectrum and gain insights, into the past, present and future 
  • A special selection of our speakers on the spectrum
    15.20 - 15.50How I learned to not be ashamed of being autistic and now empower others
    Russell Lehmann

    Content may be subject to change.

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    10.00 - 10.30The autism advantage - making the most of neurodivergent talent in the workplaceMichael Barton
    10.40 - 11.10My journey from autism diagnosis to autistic teacherGeorge Quinney
    11.10 - 11.30Break 
    11.30 - 12.00How to survive as an autistic teenager Natasha Baiguerra
    12.10 - 12.40 Should you disclose your autism in the workplace?Andy Burns
    12.40 - 13.10Lunch break 
    13.10 - 13.40Girls on the spectrum: autistic experiences of puberty
    Vicky Whiting
    13.50 - 14.20How autistic talent can thrive in the creative media industryMoritz Valero
    14.20 - 14.40Break 
    14.40 - 15.10The sensory system - a guide to sensory differences in autistic people Stephanie Bethany
    15.20 - 15.50Changing the landscape of autism Information Dan Jones

    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.

    Connor formed Autism Assemble in 2019 to help autistic people and showcase their voices. We’re delighted to be partnering with the Autism Show again this year to present the “Autism Talks”, showcasing autistic voices.

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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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    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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    Thomas Henley is an autistic speaker, podcaster and Youtuber. He won a gold medal at the Taekwondo Commonwealth Championships in 2014 and went on to gain a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University Of Manchester.

    Growing up autistic and suffering a number of severe mental health conditions, Thomas battled through years of his life feeling isolated, depressed and searching for meaning. As he researched into mental health, he realised just how poor the life quality statistics were for autistic children and adults alike.

    After travelling abroad for a year, and producing his own documentary exploring autism and mental health, Thomas created the Aspergers Growth YouTube channel and the Thoughty Auti Podcast. He interviewed unheard autistic voices and shared his advice for those wanting to follow in his footsteps.

    Working with many charities, radio stations and organisations Thomas started to spread the word. Following university he’s been able to explore autism from multiple angles. Personal, scientific, experiential, for both children and for adults. He’s achieved this through his role as a special needs TA, working with his SEN Head mother, and now as a business support officer for an advocacy-quality organisation.

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    Stephanie Bethel is an autistic adult based in Oklahoma, USA, who focuses primarily on creating research-based content on autism-related topics for her YouTube channel, Stephanie Bethany. She was late-diagnosed at age 23 and since then has been determined to help autistic people understand themselves as well as raise awareness and acceptance in the public sphere.

    She is currently pursuing a degree to become an occupational therapy assistant to directly help in the lives of other autistic and otherwise disabled people. Stephanie has also been a panelist at multiple events, contributed content for non-profits, and engaged in advocacy regarding laws and policies that affect autistic people in her community.

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    Natasha Kate is an actor with Asperger syndrome and is proud to be a voice for the autism community through her work, playing both autistic and non-autistic roles. After moving from Australia to England in 2018, she was the youngest speaker at TEDxLondon 2019, giving a presentation about her experience with autism which has since gone viral online and led to speaking across Europe at various youth events. Tash is a proud member of Actors Equity UK and Australia.

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    Siena Castellon is an 18-year-old multi-award-winning neurodiversity advocate, author, and United Nations Young Leader for the SDGs. She is the founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, an international initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences by highlighting the strengths and accomplishments of the neurodivergent community. In 2021, over 860,000 students and 1,400 schools took part worldwide, as well as more than 200 businesses, charities, and government agencies.

    Siena is also the author of The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How To Grow Up Awesome and Autistic and The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Toolkit: The Workbook for Autistic Girls.

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    Andy Burns is a 28-year-old Autistic Vlogger from Newcastle Upon Tyne, who creates content on his YouTube channel “IndieAndy”. Since 2016, Andy has made content about his autistic life experiences to improve public understanding and share an insight into his life as an autistic adult. In an effort to promote acceptance of autism and to try and change attitudes towards autism through his insightful YouTube channel. With 10,000 YouTube subscribers, he has been involved in several social media campaigns with the National Autistic Society and worked closely with companies like Chewigem.

    Alongside his online platform, Andy has been in full-time employment for the over 5 years as an administrative assistant for a private telecommunications company.

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    Denis Deasy has two autistic sons, Denis, who has Asperger syndrome and James, who is severely autistic and non-verbal. With his experience of both ends of the autism spectrum, he has written three fictional books based on his life – “Living In Harry’s World”, “I’m Sorry, My Son’s Autistic” and “From This Day Forward”. Although these books deal with the reality of living with autism they are all full of humour. As Denis says,”Stressful moments involving my boys can be very funny in retrospect”. Denis is an IT consultant in his day job.

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    Brian Bird was diagnosed ten years ago, at the age of 50, with Asperger’s Syndrome. He is a father/carer to two boys, one of whom is on the spectrum.

    During the past 10 years he has worked as an autistic self-advocate/anti-bullying campaigner and experienced a transformation that few people could ever contemplate.

    Seven years ago he took part in the BBC Horizon documentary, “Living with Autism” which featured internationally renowned autism specialist, Professor Uta Frith.

    Brian now runs two pages, on Facebook and Instagram, that are safe spaces and empower other people to get diagnosed, lend support or to find their voice.

    Brian has presented many times at The Autism Show, NAS Leeds Mental Health Conference, Michael Rutter Centre, Kings College, and the Ortis Learning Centre.

    Timings

    DaysTimes
    Fri 18th - Sat 19th June 202110am - 4pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/Family Carer£39.99
    Professional£59.99
    Professional Groups (10 tickets or more)£49.99
    Adult on the Autism Spectrum£34.99

    •This is the price for the whole Webinar Week and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars.
    •Booking fees apply. £3.31 for parents and family carers, £4.87 for professionals, £4.49 for professional groups and £2.77 for adults on the autism spectrum.

    We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the first webinar is due to take place, followed by a reminder email. Our webinars are live streamed 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 of the first session.

    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@autismshow.co.uk.

    Ticket holders will be able to gain 30 day access (until 24th July 2021) 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.