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Interventions & Therapies

A Zoom webinar series: 11th July, 18th July, 25th July & 1st Aug 2020

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We all want to help the autistic children and adults we care and support reach their full potential. We know that the earlier interventions and therapies take place, the more chance there is of this happening. However where do we start and which approaches can we trust to be effective after diagnosis and throughout the autistic person’s life?

Led by an experienced and specialist team of autism therapists from Options Autism, each of the four Zoom webinars will explore a different aspect of the condition – language and communication; social and emotional development; sensory processing and motor difficulties; and patterns of behaviour – and the approaches which can make a real difference.

The clinical team will explain the theory and practice behind each therapy, and provide individual advice to help you through lockdown at home and in the workplace.

This online learning series will give you a deeper insight into the different types of interventions and therapies available, and the knowledge to choose what is right for you during the school years and beyond. All at an unbeatable price.

Book the four part series now for a total of just £29.99 for parents and family carers, and £49.99 for professionals. Content is CPD certified. Price includes one month access to an edited recording of the series.

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

Introduction; How, What and When to Choose; and Language & Communication:

Sat 11th July 2020, 10am to 12pm

This Zoom webinar will start by Dr Carly Pointon, Clinical Lead & Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options Higford School, looking at the different kinds of autism interventions and therapies available. Carly will guide you through some of the key questions to ask when making an informed decision, and the indicators to look out for. She will briefly discuss what we mean by an ‘evidence base’ and direct you to sources of trustworthy information and advice.

The webinar will then move on to look at the role of speech and language therapists (SLTs) in supporting the language and communication of autistic children and adults. We’ll examine the main therapies used by SLTs and focus particularly on PECS, Lego Therapy and Colourful Semantics.

Emma Brassington-Owens and Ashleigh Moses, Speech and Language Therapists at Underley Garden, will explain the theory and practice behind each therapy, as well as the potential benefits. They will discuss how the therapies are being used at Underley Garden and give you some top tips to help during lockdown. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask them questions throughout the webinar.

The speakers for this Zoom webinar and the rest of the series are all members of the clinical team at Options Autism.

Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group, is a national provider of specialist education, care and therapeutic services for children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning disabilities.

Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice supervision and bespoke training, the clinical team work directly with the education and care teams to develop a shared understanding of the skills, resources and practices in place. This ensures that they deliver the highest quality provision, maximising each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.

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Dr Carly Pointon is Clinical Lead & Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options Higford School. Carly is an integrative HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist committed to improving the lives of the children, families and staff that she works with. In total she has 19 years experience in psychological settings including Her Majesty’s Prison Service, the charitable sector, the NHS, private providers and educational establishments. Carly utilises her academic and research background to ensure that evidence based practice and treatment integrity are at the forefront of both her clinical work and the services she leads.

In 2010 Carly begun training as a NHS Clinical Psychologist so she could combine her Forensic Psychology background and leadership skills with a Doctoral qualification. Since qualifying she has focused upon high quality clinical interventions and shaping services for children and families in education, care and in the community. Carly recently started at Options Higford School and is excited about their future plans for service delivery along with her colleagues in the Clinical Team, Residential and Educational settings.

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Emma Brassington-Owens is a Speech and Language Therapist at Underley Garden. She has worked at Underley Garden for five years after graduating with a BSc. in Psychology and Speech Pathology in 2014. Emma also has experience working in other mainstream and special schools. Emma particularly enjoys working with the children at Underley Garden. There is a wide range of communication skills and difficulties there which makes for an interesting and varied day. She works with children who are at the very early stages of their communication development, often focusing on the use of symbols, Objects of Reference and Intensive Interaction.

Emma also works throughout the school, including with their more able young people, supporting them to develop their social skills and the communication needed to access the wider community. Emma has attended a variety of training courses including; PECS, Makaton for Professionals Foundation Workshop and ELKLAN.

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Ashleigh Moses has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist at Underley Garden since October 2018. Ashleigh gained a BA in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield before completing a postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. At Underley Garden, Ashleigh works with children and young people with a wide variety of needs. She works with their Post-16 classes to support development of important social skills as they transition on to adulthood, as well as implementing the use of Talking Mats to ensure their young people have a voice when preparing for transition.

Ashleigh also works with young people who use AAC to ensure they have the means, reasons and opportunities to develop their communication skills in both the school and residential settings. The variety of ages, abilities and needs of their young people ensures that clinicians are always seeking out new interventions and development opportunities. Ashleigh has undertaken training on PECS, Makaton and Talking Mats.

Timings

DayTime
Sat 11th July 202010am - 12.00pm

Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Parent/Family Carer£29.99
Professional£49.99

•This is the total price for the four week series and includes one month access to an edited recording.
•Booking fees apply. £2.93 for parent and family carers and £4.49 for professionals.

We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the Zoom webinar is due to take place.

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 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, and to be ready for the start at 10am.

One month access to an edited recording of this Zoom webinar session is included within your purchase. This allows you review the session at your own pace, when it is most convenient to you, or ensure you don’t miss it if you are unable to watch the broadcast live. Ticket holders will receive an email five days after each session containing instructions on how to view the recording.

Professionals attending this Zoom webinar, will receive an email five days after the session with instructions on how to download a CPD Certificate of Attendance.

Social & Emotional Development:

Sat 18th July 2020, 10am to 11.30am

Developmental approaches aim to help children and young adults form positive, meaningful relationships with other people. They focus on teaching social and emotional skills in everyday, structured settings. They also aim to help develop skills for daily living.

This Zoom webinar will examine the starting point for developing social and emotional skills, peek into the emotional brain and how it works, as well as the stress response system and how this impacts on developing social skills. Lucy Shortt, a Consultant Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) at Options Higford, will talk about how SLTs assess basic functional ability, as well as the importance of building on foundation skills and working collaboratively with everyone involved in the daily lives of children and young adults on the autism spectrum. She will then look at what we mean by social skills, including the non-linguistic elements of communication, before studying some of the tools and interventions that can be used.

Lucy will discuss how the therapies are being used at Options Higford, as well as giving you some top tips to help during lockdown. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask her questions throughout the webinar.

The speakers for this Zoom webinar and the rest of the series are all members of the clinical team at Options Autism.

Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group, is a national provider of specialist education, care and therapeutic services for children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning disabilities.

Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice supervision and bespoke training, the clinical team work directly with the education and care teams to develop a shared understanding of the skills, resources and practices in place. This ensures that they deliver the highest quality provision, maximising each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.

Timings

DayTime
Sat 18th July 202010am - 11.30pm

Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Parent/Family Carer£29.99
Professional£49.99

•This is the total price for the four week series and includes one month access to an edited recording.
•Booking fees apply. £2.93 for parent and family carers and £4.49 for professionals.

We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the Zoom webinar is due to take place.

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 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, and to be ready for the start at 10am.

One month access to an edited recording of this Zoom webinar session is included within your purchase. This allows you review the session at your own pace, when it is most convenient to you, or ensure you don’t miss it if you are unable to watch the broadcast live. Ticket holders will receive an email five days after each session containing instructions on how to view the recording.

Professionals attending this Zoom webinar, will receive an email five days after the session with instructions on how to download a CPD Certificate of Attendance.

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Lucy Shortt is Consultant Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Options Higford, which provides residential care, support and education to children and adults with learning disorder, multiple diagnoses and other special/complex needs. She is an advocate of the Total Communication Approach and believes that information can and should be made accessible to all, regardless of an individual’s type and level of difficulty. While the information and communication support needs of children and adults with severe and complex needs can be a challenge, they must be addressed with the mind-set that every difficulty has a matching positive approach.

During Lucy’s 30 years’ career, she has had experience of working with a broad client base within both the NHS and the independent sector. Lucy has also run her own speech and language therapy consultancy and has provided support to adults and children with a very broad range of communication difficulties resulting from: developmental delay, neurological disorder/progressive conditions, sensory/impairment disorder, learning disability/disorder/difficulties, physical disability, trauma, mental health conditions and head injury.

Sensory Processing & Motor Difficulties:

Sat 25th July 2020, 10am to 11.30am

This Zoom webinar will look at the role of Occupational Therapists (OTs) in improving the quality of life for autistic children and adults, both at home and in a school setting.  It will give an insight into how OTs work to introduce, maintain, and improve skills in autistic people, and in so doing, develop their independence. The webinar will address the principle OT approaches and explore, in depth, sensory processing difficulties and Ayers Sensory Integration®.

Jennifer, Jemma and Hanna will explain the strategies used by OTs at Underley Garden and Acorn Park and provide you with top tips to help during lockdown. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask them questions throughout the webinar.

The speakers for this Zoom webinar and the rest of the series are all members of the clinical team at Options Autism.

Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group, is a national provider of specialist education, care and therapeutic services for children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning disabilities.

Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice supervision and bespoke training, the clinical team work directly with the education and care teams to develop a shared understanding of the skills, resources and practices in place. This ensures that they deliver the highest quality provision, maximising each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.

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Jennifer Heath is Lead Occupational Therapist and Organisational Practitioner for Health & Therapy at Underley Garden. Jen qualified with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2010 and started working at Underley Garden as soon as she had graduated. Jen had ten prior years of teaching drama to a wide range of people and children with differing needs, whilst also working as a support worker for autistic adults, before qualifying as an occupational therapist. In 2014, Jen took on the role of Lead Practitioner for the Therapy Team (which was later to include Health also). A focus for this role was to integrate health and therapy further into the school and children’s’ home, and develop ways to work even more effectively together. Jen has completed postgraduate training in Sensory Integration (SI) and is a qualified SI practitioner. Jen is extremely excited about the new SI therapy room, which will be opened later this year at Underley Garden.

Jen has presented at various conferences including the Autism Show (2015, 2019) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) Conference (2018). She is a member of the committee for the RCOT North West Children Young People and Families Specialist Section. Jen has also recently written a chapter on sensory needs and intensive interaction for a book, edited by Phoebe Caldwell, to be published in May 2019.

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Jemma Baker is Occupational, Physical and Sensory Therapies Lead at Acorn Park. Jemma has worked at Acorn Park, a specialist ASD school and residential provision, for more than 3 years now. As part of the wider multidisciplinary team she assesses the young people’s individual needs, provides support to maximise their engagement in the curriculum and helps them to participate fully in life at school. Jemma delivers direct OT intervention sessions to support any occupational performance needs outlined within the student’s EHCPs. She is also responsible for the management and development of a growing OT team.

During her time at Acorn Park, Jemma has undertaken additional training in Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy and uses these skills to identify and support student’s sensory needs. She is resourceful and creative and enjoys finding ways to utilise the young people’s individual interests to enhance their engagement.

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Hanna Munro is an occupational therapist at Underley Garden, with 13 years’ occupational therapy experience. She is also the mother of an autistic child. Hanna joined the Underley Garden team last year and is very much enjoying her role working with autistic children and adults of different ages and abilities. Hanna works with the young people both in the school and care setting and she particularly enjoys delivering interventions based on Ayres Sensory Integration; she is currently completing postgraduate training in this area.

Timings

DayTime
Sat 25th July 202010am - 11.30am

Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Parent/Family Carer£29.99
Professional£49.99

•This is the total price for the four week series and includes one month access to an edited recording.
•Booking fees apply. £2.93 for parent and family carers and £4.49 for professionals.

We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the Zoom webinar is due to take place.

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 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, and to be ready for the start at 10am.

One month access to an edited recording of this Zoom webinar session is included within your purchase. This allows you review the session at your own pace, when it is most convenient to you, or ensure you don’t miss it if you are unable to watch the broadcast live. Ticket holders will receive an email five days after each session containing instructions on how to view the recording.

Professionals attending this Zoom webinar, will receive an email five days after the session with instructions on how to download a CPD Certificate of Attendance.

Patterns of Behaviour:

Sat 1st August 2020, 10am to 11.30am

Behavioural interventions are designed to encourage appropriate behaviour (such as getting dressed or talking to other people) and to discourage inappropriate behaviour (such as self-harm or aggression towards others). Therapists, teaching staff and parents can break down the desired behaviours into small, achievable tasks which are then taught in a very structured manner.

This Zoom webinar will build on some of the approaches discussed in the previous 3 webinars, looking at the role of the Clinical Psychologist within a holistic multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach. Dr Freya Spicer-White will talk about the psychology of the ABC’s of behaviour – Antecedent, Behaviour, Consequence – and some of the strategies that are commonly used, such as ABC Charts. She will discuss how to use the strategies correctly and what to do if it seems like they are not working.

Finally, Freya will give an overview of common distress tolerance skills, looking at some of the helpful strategies in detail, discussing how they work, what they do to the body and how to use them in creative ways.

The speakers for this Zoom webinar and the rest of the series are all members of the clinical team at Options Autism.

Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group, is a national provider of specialist education, care and therapeutic services for children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning disabilities.

Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice supervision and bespoke training, the clinical team work directly with the education and care teams to develop a shared understanding of the skills, resources and practices in place. This ensures that they deliver the highest quality provision, maximising each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.

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Freya Spicer-White is Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options Autism North Wales Children’s and Adult’s Services. Freya obtained her B.Sc. Psychology from the University of Manchester and started her career as a learning support assistant alongside young adults with neurodevelopmental differences, instilling in her a passion for working with neurodiversity and vulnerable populations. She gained experience as an Assistant Psychologist working within children’s community and adult residential services before completing her Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2012 at Bangor University, dedicating her final year to autism assessment and intervention throughout the life span.

Freya spent 8 years within different neurodevelopmental services in the Betsi Cadwaldr Local Health Board. Her first clinical lead role was establishing the Children’s Neurodevelopmental Team, guiding the staff and provision from sitting within local CAMHS to transitioning into an independent service. She was pivotal in designing new standard operating procedures and contributed to the Welsh National Steering Group. She progressed to become the Principal Clinical Psychologist of North Wales’ first Integrated Autism Service and was instrumental in the creation of this new team, which offers adult autism diagnostic assessments and a range of individual and group-based interventions.

Freya has a personal interest in Neurodiversity and has her own private neurodevelopmental assessment practice, www.FSWPsychology.co.uk. She enjoys sharing her work and knowledge, and has spoken at several events, including the 1000 Lives Improvement Public Health Wales Neurodevelopmental Conference and Wales’ first conference specifically run for autistic individuals, the National Autism Conference Promoting Autistic Wellbeing.

She joined Options Autism in January 2020 as Clinical Lead for the children’s and adult’s services based in North Wales. She has recently become the Regional Head for Children’s Clinical Services for North Wales, Northern Ireland, the North West and Scotland as part of the wider Outcomes First Group. Freya is passionate and motivated by innovative and dynamic service delivery and practice that has an impact on the real life outcomes for neurodiverse individuals.

Timings

DayTime
Sat 1st August 202010am - 11.30am

Ticket Prices

Ticket TypePrice
Parent/Family Carer£29.99
Professional£49.99

•This is the total price for the four week series and includes one month access to an edited recording.
•Booking fees apply. £2.93 for parent and family carers and £4.49 for professionals.

Venue
Pendulum Hotel, Pendulum Suite, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB.

For more information on the venue please click here.

How To Get There
The Pendulum Hotel is located in Manchester’s city centre and is easily accessible from all major road routes and motorway networks. There is a multi-storey car park located beside the hotel. For Sat Nav purposes please use the postcode M1 3BB.

Both Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a five minute walk from the venue.

For more information on travelling to the venue please click here.

Registration
The registration desk is located in the foyer area outside the Pendulum Suite, on the ground floor of the hotel. As you enter the hotel, walk straight through the foyer and take the steps down to the very bottom. You will see the registration desk located near the large pendulum hanging from the ceiling.

Food and Drink
A selection of teas, freshly brewed coffee and snacks will be available free of charge on arrival and during the refreshment breaks. Lunch however is not included. We would recommend that you take a five minute walk towards Manchester Piccadilly station, where you will find a variety of cafes and restaurants.

We will send you an email containing joining details a week before the Zoom webinar is due to take place.

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 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, and to be ready for the start at 10am.

One month access to an edited recording of this Zoom webinar session is included within your purchase. This allows you review the session at your own pace, when it is most convenient to you, or ensure you don’t miss it if you are unable to watch the broadcast live. Ticket holders will receive an email five days after each session containing instructions on how to view the recording.

Professionals attending this Zoom webinar, will receive an email five days after the session with instructions on how to download a CPD Certificate of Attendance.

Book the four part series now for a total of just £29.99 for parents and family carers, and £49.99 for professionals. Content is CPD certified. Price includes one month access to an edited recording of the series.