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Understanding & Managing Distressed Behaviour

This learning day will help you to understand what can cause distressed behaviour in autistic children and young people and what you can do to help. It will give you strategies to help reduce potential triggers at home and at school, as well as tips and advice on how best to understand and respond when an autistic child or young person is distressed.

The day will cover:

  • what the different causes of distressed behaviour might be, in particular anxiety and sensory difficulties
  • how to identify what is causing an autistic child’s distress and what you can do to reduce these triggers
  • 10 top tips for how to cope with meltdowns
  • dealing with self-injurious behaviours and physical behaviours
  • working with others for a consistent approach

Please scroll down to view the event closest to you and click on the tabs to view the full programme of talks, discussion groups and one to one sessions.

London: 8th November 2019, Copthorne Tara Hotel

TimeTitleSpeaker
09.00 – 09.30Registration 
09.30 - 0940Welcome by the ChairpersonAllison Hope-West, Independent Autism Consultant and Trainer
09.40 – 10.20 What’s really going on here? An insider’s view on understanding autism and how autistic children experience the world
  • What do we mean when we talk about "distressed behaviour"?  
  • There’s always a reason! Thinking about the purpose of the behaviour and common causes and triggers
  • What’s sensory got to do with it?  Understanding how autistic children may experience sensory input like sound, light, taste, texture
  • Paul Isaacs, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Author on the Spectrum
    10.20 – 11.30Let’s be proactive: identifying what is causing the behaviour and finding ways to minimise triggers
  • traffic lights – spotting the early warning signs and understanding the different stages of behaviour
  • How to identify setting events and potential triggers 
  • Ideas for minimising common triggers 
  • To stim or not to stim – challenging behaviour or helpful coping strategy?
     
  • Justin Price, Headteacher of Freemantles School
    11.30 – 11.50 Refreshment break 
    11.50 – 12.50 OPTION A . A focus on severe injurious behaviours
  • Specific strategies to help parents respond appropriately to self-injurious behaviours or physical behaviours such as biting, spitting, hitting and hair pulling
  • Paul Burbage, Trainer/Practitioner at Studio 3 Training Systems
    11.50 – 12.50OPTION B. Campfire Session 1: Anxiety
  • Looking at ways to help autistic children cope with anxiety
  • Led by Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    12.50 - 14.00Lunch break
    14.00 - 14.45It’s not a temper tantrum!  Responding to meltdowns – 10 tips on what to do in the momentTessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    14.45 – 15.30OPTION A. Working together to reduce distressed behaviour and improve outcomes. Tips, tools and techniques for parents, carers and professionalsSarah-Jane Critchley, Author of A Different Joy, Speaker, Consultant and Coach
    14.45 – 15.30OPTION B. Campfire Session 2: Calming techniques
  • Helping autistic children to feel safe by using heart beat rhythms
  • Led by Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    15.30 - 15.50Refreshment break 
    15.50 - 16.20Take care of you, too! Don’t forget the importance of looking after your own mental health when caring, supporting or teaching the autistic people around you Steve McGuinness, Autistic Speaker, Trainer and Consultant
    16.20 – 16.40 Q&A with our speaker panelA chance to ask direct questions to the speakers
    16.45Closing remarks and event end
    Programme may be subject to change at the discretion of the organisers
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    Allison Hope-West, BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip SEN, M(ed) Autism, will be chairing this event. She is currently the Director of Autism Education Support, which provides educational consultants to support schools colleges and parents. Allison is also tutor on the Autism Masters course at The University of Birmingham, which she has undertaken for the past 15 years. She was latterly the Director of Autism (Educational Division) for The Priory Group and supported a large number of schools, colleges, residential services, children’s homes and CAMHs units. She has worked in the field of Autism for over 25 years.

    Allison has been Principal in three independent specialist residential schools for students with autism aged from 3 to 25. These students included a whole range of abilities from gifted and talented, to those who presented with PMLD as a result of their autism. She was previously employed as Director of SEN Placements by Cambian Education which is an independent group of 9 residential schools and colleges catering for students with ASD and complex or challenging behaviours. This role involved supporting admissions and business development as well as creating partnerships with Local Authorities and Health Care Professionals.

    Allison has worked with local authorities as an advisory teacher, and delivered CPD to a range of professionals as well as developing provision nationally. She has sat on various committees supporting conferences for Head teachers of special schools.

    Her particular areas of interest include the management of behaviour that challenges, physical and emotional well being and issues around sensory integration.

    Publications: Hope-West. A (2011) Securing appropriate educational provision for children with autistic spectrum disorders. A guide for parents and professionals. Jessica Kingsley. London.

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    Paul Isaacs has been a speaker, trainer and consultant for eight years and has spoken at many national events on the subject of autism. He has authored five books and contributed to other books on the subject of autism. He is also a blogger and creative consultant on the the cartoon Pablo, supplying story ideas, perspectives and content.

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    Justin Price has spent 27 years working in Special Education. He has been a head teacher for the last 13 years, initially in a school for children with Severe Learning Difficulties, and for the last 9 years at Freemantles School in Woking. Freemantles is a large school specifically for children and young people with complex autism with 193 pupils, which also leads extensive Outreach and Training Services which supports over 1,000 children in the west of Surrey. Freemantles has recently set up a KS2 Centre Class for children with Aspergers which will eventually be co-located on a Mainstream Site and will have a KS1 class added to it. These will still co lead by Freemantles offering a curriculum that truly addresses social and emotional needs as well as the academic subjects.

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

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    Paul Burbage has recently joined the Studio 3 team in the role of Trainer/Practitioner, delivering courses on Managing Behaviours of Concern and other programs within Studio 3. With over 13 years of experience, his background is in adult and children Autism and Learning Disabilities services in Australia, Ireland and the UK in front-line and service management roles, as well as with behaviour management training delivery in Ireland and the UK.

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    Tessa Morton, over the last 20 years, has grown a successful practice; working as a trainer and coach, advising and directing professionals with communication challenges. She is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist from the University of Worcester and member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). She runs a private practice offering post-diagnostic support and runs voluntary drama and social skills groups for young people on the autistic spectrum. Tessa founded Act for Autism in 2015 because she is passionate about supporting young people with autism and creating awareness in the wider community.

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    Jane Gurnett is an actor, teacher of Drama and workshop leader. As an actor, Jane worked extensively on television and in theatre, including Dangerfield and Casualty. In theatre, she has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and West End musicals. Jane tutors and mentors drama students as well as teaching in a mainstream school. She has a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies, an MA in the Advance Workings of Shakespeare and is studying towards a B Phil in Autism with Birmingham University.

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

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    Sarah-Jane Critchley is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing.

    She is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More…’ and contributor to two titles on autism and girls. She also wrote an ‘Introduction to Autism’ for AC Education to support adoptive and foster parents.

    She is an international keynote speaker. For over 10 years (2008-2018), Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of the award-winning training programme that reached over 207,000 education-based staff in the UK and adapting the AET’s highly successful training programme to meet the local context in Italy and Greece. She worked with stakeholders to produce guidance on exam accommodations and exclusions.

    Sarah-Jane holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in the management of change from London’s City University.

    She is a mother to two autistic teenagers (a late-diagnosed girl and a boy), wife to an autistic husband and lives with two cats.

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    Steve McGuinness is a recent trustee of The National Autistic Society (NAS). He is an autism consultant with Sensory Integration UK & Ireland and PSTIS in Poland, where he presents at their annual national conference and is also their Honorary Patron. He is Specialist Visiting Lecturer (SVL) at Sheffield Hallam University, Ulster University Jordanstown and in Warsaw and Gdansk in Poland.

    In late 2010, Steve set up MSITUA – Autism Consultancy, working with Local Authorities to deliver training sessions on spectrum related conditions. He also works with individuals with autism and Asperger syndrome on projects, designed by him, aimed to assist individuals to reach their true potential.

    Steve and his son are both on the autistic spectrum and high functioning. As such Steve offers up an interesting first person perspective and insight into some of the areas that are little talked about in mainstream society.

    Opening Times

    DayTime
    Friday 8th Nov 20199.00am - 4.45pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent or Family Carer£49.00
    Professional£99.00
    Professional Groups (5 tickets or more)£79.00

    • Booking fees apply. £4.42 for parent and family carer tickets and £8.32 for professional tickets.

    Venue
    Copthorne Tara Hotel, Shannon Suite, Scarsdale Place, London W8 5SY

    For more information on the venue please click here.

    How To Get There
    We recommend that you take an underground train to High Street Kensington station which is just a three minute walk from the venue.

    Registration
    The registration desk is located in the Shannon Foyer, on the ground floor of the hotel. As you enter the hotel, take the corridor on the right hand side of the main reception area and walk past the hotel bar and restaurant. This corridor will take you through to the Shannon Foyer.

    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 walk to Kensington High Street, just two minutes from the venue, where you will find a selection of cafes, supermarket mini-stores, and high street sandwich and coffee outlets.

    Estate Planning Solutions

    Estate Planning Solutions offer you a specialist will-writing and estate planning service, tailored to meet your specific requirements and to achieve your individual objectives. We pride ourselves in taking a truly customer-orientated approach and offer you a wide range of estate planning services focussing on solutions rather than off-the-shelf products.
    Visit our site

    Act for Autism

    Act for Autism is a social enterprise, not-for-profit organisation set up by two passionate professionals and parents who have worked and lived with autistic individuals for over 20 years. Our joint experience as counsellors, actors, drama teachers, presenters and mothers gives us a breadth of experience which we use to help teachers, parents and other professionals.
    Visit our site

    Sarah-Jane Critchley

    Sarah-Jane is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More…’ which she will be selling at the event. She also wrote an ‘Introduction to Autism’ for AC Education to support adoptive and foster parents and a contributor to two titles on autism and girls. For over 10 years (2008-1018), Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of the award-winning training programme that reached over 207,000 education-based staff in the UK.
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    Campfire sessions are small facilitated discussion groups, where you can share experiences, gain new perspectives and learn from other parents, carers and professionals.

    We will be holding campfire sessions on anxiety and calming techniques as per below:

    11.50 – 12.50 –  Anxiety: looking at practical ways to help autistic children and young people manage anxiety
    14.45 – 15.30 –  Calming techniques: helping autistic children and young people feel safe by using heartbeat rhythms

    Our facilitators, Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett from Act for Autism, will lend their own experiences and help you explore each topic.

    To maximise the effectiveness of these sessions, we have limited numbers to 20 people and places are offered on a first come, first served basis on the day.

    Please note that the two campfire sessions will run concurrently with the main theatre programme.

    Leslie-Ann F. Beary, Autism Specialist and Family Consultant at The Owl Centre, will be running 10 minute one to one consultations offering attendees practical help and advice on distressed behaviour. Leslie-Ann holds a BA degree in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Plymouth and a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education from the Institute of Education, University College London. Leslie-Ann’s experience of working with children and young people with autism, and their families spans over eight years. For the last six years she has worked for The National Autistic Society in a variety of roles with the most recent as Autism Lead within a specialist autism school. Leslie-Ann adopts an eclectic style incorporating numerous evidence based interventions such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Makaton. She utalises a child-centric approach and in turn provides tailored strategies and support for the children and families that she works with.

    Advisers from Estate Planning Solutions will be running 30 minute one to one consultations, offering guidance on protecting the financial future of your autistic child or family member. Estate Planning Solutions are a very experienced and highly qualified Will writing and Estate Planning company based in Cheshire.

    Sessions are limited to one per attendee and offered on a first come, first served basis. They will run during the following periods:

    10.20 – 11.30
    13.00 – 14.30
    15.40 – 16.30

    Please note that the clinic sessions take place concurrently with the main theatre programme and lunch and refreshment breaks.

    The presentation slides will be available for ticket holders only to view, download and print in advance. Attendees may wish to bring the printed slides with them to the event.

    Presentations will be removed two weeks following the event.

    Please CLICK HERE to access the password protected presentations. The password will be emailed to ticket holders two days prior to the event. If you do not receive it, please email info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Birmingham: 15th November 2019, Birmingham City Football Club

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    09.00 – 09.30Registration 
    09.30 - 0940Welcome by the ChairpersonDr Glenys Jones, Honorary Lecturer in Autism at the School of Education, University of Birmingham
    09.40 – 10.20 What’s really going on here? An insider’s view on understanding autism and how autistic children experience the world
  • What do we mean when we talk about "distressed behaviour"?  
  • There’s always a reason! Thinking about the purpose of the behaviour and common causes and triggers
  • What’s sensory got to do with it?  Understanding how autistic children may experience sensory input like sound, light, taste, texture
  • Paul Isaacs, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Author on the Spectrum
    10.20 – 11.30Let’s be proactive: identifying what is causing the behaviour and finding ways to minimise triggers
  • How to identify setting events and potential triggers 
  • Ideas for minimising common triggers
  • Katie Goodwin, Head of ASC Resource at Wilmslow High School
    11.30 – 11.50 Refreshment break 
    11.50 – 12.50 OPTION A . A focus on severe injurious behaviours
  • Specific strategies to help parents respond appropriately to self-injurious behaviours or physical behaviours such as biting, spitting, hitting and hair pulling
  • Robert Whiskens,Trainer at Studio III Training Systems
    11.50 – 12.50OPTION B. Campfire Session 1: Anxiety
  • Looking at ways to help autistic children cope with anxiety
  • Led by Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    12.50 - 14.00Lunch break
    14.00 - 14.45It’s not a temper tantrum!  Responding to meltdowns – 10 tips on what to do in the momentTessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    14.45 – 15.30OPTION A. Working together to reduce distressed behaviour and improve outcomes. Tips, tools and techniques for parents, carers and professionalsSarah-Jane Critchley, Author of A Different Joy, Speaker, Consultant and Coach
    14.45 – 15.30OPTION B. Campfire Session 2: Calming techniques
  • Helping autistic children to feel safe by using heart beat rhythms
  • Led by Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    15.30 - 15.50Refreshment break 
    15.50 - 16.20Take care of you, too! Don’t forget the importance of looking after your own mental health when caring, supporting or teaching the autistic people around youAaron Yorke, Autism Teacher and Advisor at Birmingham Council Communication and Autism Team
    16.20 – 16.40 Q&A with our speaker panelA chance to ask direct questions to the speakers
    16.45Closing remarks and event end
    Programme may be subject to change at the discretion of the organisers
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    Dr. Glenys Jones, C. Psychol., AFBPsS, PhD, MA, MEd, is a Chartered Psychologist and an Honorary Lecturer within the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham. She has been engaged in research into educational interventions for those on the autism spectrum for over 30 years and is Editor of the Good Autism Practice Journal, published by BILD. She currently works within a diagnostic service in the West Midlands set up to assess adults who are thought to be on the autism spectrum.

    For the Autism Education Trust, she led on the work in 2008 which identified the issues and challenges in the education of autistic children and also on the National Standards in Autism Education for schools and educational settings (5-16). She was also involved in producing the AET Parent/Carers’ Guide. Glenys has been a member of the AET Programme Board since its inception and is a Trustee of Autism West Midlands which provides services for autistic adults and supports and advises families, carers and children and young people.

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    Paul Isaacs has been a speaker, trainer and consultant for eight years and has spoken at many national events on the subject of autism. He has authored five books and contributed to other books on the subject of autism. He is also a blogger and creative consultant on the the cartoon Pablo, supplying story ideas, perspectives and content.

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    SEND is Katie Goodwin’s passion, having always known that she wanted to be involved with teaching and SEND since being very young. Katie has been a teacher for 18 years and has held many roles in that time. She became a SENCO in a mainstream primary school 11 years ago and has not looked back since. Katie specialised in ASC in 2014 when she became the Head of the ASC Resource Provision at Wilmslow High School. This setting has allowed Katie to be blessed with working with an amazing team (The A Team) and wonderful group of students. Over the last 5 years, the Resource Provision has grown and is now oversubscribed due to demand. Parental feedback is very positive and they have nominated Katie and the Team for the NAS Inspirational Practitioners in Schools, for the last two years, being finalists in 2018. More recently, the ASC Resource Provision was identified as a real strength of the school in the OFSTED report in May 2019.

    Katie is also seconded to the SEND team at Cheshire East Council, 2 days a week, working as an Inclusion Quality SENCO. Here, she is able to help and support schools and parents, ensuring that children and young people receive the right support and provision. Over the last few months, Katie has also been part of a team who have reviewed the Resource Provisions in the LA, as part of a Quality Assurance programme.

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    Robert Whiskens, began working as a trainer for Studio 3 mid 2004 and has a broad range of experiences across the autistic spectrum specialist part of the care industry. Pre-Studio 3, Robert was the regional coordinator for an Asperger syndrome specific outreach team based in the West Midlands. Prior to this he had worked for several large autism/Asperger specific services around the country. Since working for Studio 3, Robert has frequently worked alongside much broader service user groups. From this he has gained valuable experience and knowledge in both respecting and supporting a range of differences and difficulties.

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    Tessa Morton, over the last 20 years, has grown a successful practice; working as a trainer and coach, advising and directing professionals with communication challenges. She is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist from the University of Worcester and member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). She runs a private practice offering post-diagnostic support and runs voluntary drama and social skills groups for young people on the autistic spectrum. Tessa founded Act for Autism in 2015 because she is passionate about supporting young people with autism and creating awareness in the wider community.

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    Jane Gurnett is an actor, teacher of Drama and workshop leader. As an actor, Jane worked extensively on television and in theatre, including Dangerfield and Casualty. In theatre, she has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and West End musicals. Jane tutors and mentors drama students as well as teaching in a mainstream school. She has a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies, an MA in the Advance Workings of Shakespeare and is studying towards a B Phil in Autism with Birmingham University.

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

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    Sarah-Jane Critchley is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing.

    She is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More…’ and contributor to two titles on autism and girls. She also wrote an ‘Introduction to Autism’ for AC Education to support adoptive and foster parents.

    She is an international keynote speaker. For over 10 years (2008-2018), Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of the award-winning training programme that reached over 207,000 education-based staff in the UK and adapting the AET’s highly successful training programme to meet the local context in Italy and Greece. She worked with stakeholders to produce guidance on exam accommodations and exclusions.

    Sarah-Jane holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in the management of change from London’s City University.

    She is a mother to two autistic teenagers (a late-diagnosed girl and a boy), wife to an autistic husband and lives with two cats.

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    Aaron Yorke works for the Birmingham Communication and Autism team. He was diagnosed with autism as an adult, having struggled throughout his school years, culminating in exclusion at 14 years old. Aaron is also a parent of a young adult with autism, who has similarly been unable to cope in mainstream school and has spent most of his education in SEN schools. Aaron wishes to share his experiences of exclusion, both the good and bad, to benefit other parents as well as teaching professionals.

    Opening Times

    DayTime
    Friday 15th Nov 20199.00am - 4.45pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent or Family Carer£49.00
    Professional£99.00
    Professional Groups (5 tickets or more)£79.00

    • Booking fees apply. £4.42 for parent and family carer tickets and £8.32 for professional tickets.

    Venue
    Birmingham City Football Club, St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, Legends Lounge, Birmingham B9 4RL

    For more information on the venue please click here.

    How To Get There
    Birmingham City Football Club is located a mile and a half from Birmingham city centre and is easily accessible from all major road routes and motorway networks. There are four car parks located near the stadium. For Sat Nav purposes please use the postcode B9 4RL.

    The nearest train stations to the stadium are Birmingham Moor Street (1.4 miles) or Birmingham New street (1.9 miles).

    The stadium is also served by a number of bus routes. Information on the routes and timetables can be found by clicking HERE.

    Registration
    The registration desk is located outside the Legends Lounge, on the first floor of the stadium.

    Food and Drink
    A selection of teas, freshly brewed coffee and biscuits will be available free of charge on arrival and during the refreshment breaks. Lunch however is not included. A selection of food outlets are located a few minutes walk from the stadium or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch if you prefer.

    Estate Planning Solutions

    Estate Planning Solutions offer you a specialist will-writing and estate planning service, tailored to meet your specific requirements and to achieve your individual objectives. We pride ourselves in taking a truly customer-orientated approach and offer you a wide range of estate planning services focussing on solutions rather than off-the-shelf products.
    Visit our site

    Act for Autism

    Act for Autism is a social enterprise, not-for-profit organisation set up by two passionate professionals and parents who have worked and lived with autistic individuals for over 20 years. Our joint experience as counsellors, actors, drama teachers, presenters and mothers gives us a breadth of experience which we use to help teachers, parents and other professionals.
    Visit our site

    Sarah-Jane Critchley

    Sarah-Jane is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More…’ which she will be selling at the event. She also wrote an ‘Introduction to Autism’ for AC Education to support adoptive and foster parents and a contributor to two titles on autism and girls. For over 10 years (2008-1018), Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of the award-winning training programme that reached over 207,000 education-based staff in the UK.
    Visit my site

    Campfire sessions are small facilitated discussion groups, where you can share experiences, gain new perspectives and learn from other parents, carers and professionals.

    We will be holding campfire sessions on anxiety and calming techniques as per below:

    11.50 – 12.50 –  Anxiety: looking at practical ways to help autistic children and young people manage anxiety
    14.45 – 15.30 –  Calming techniques: helping autistic children and young people feel safe by using heartbeat rhythms

    Our facilitators, Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett from Act for Autism, will lend their own experiences and help you explore each topic.

    To maximise the effectiveness of these sessions, we have limited numbers to 20 people and places are offered on a first come, first served basis on the day.

    Please note that the two campfire sessions will run concurrently with the main theatre programme.

    Michelle March, Behaviour Support Manager at Resources for Autism, will be running 10 minute one to one consultations, offering attendees practical help and advice on distressed behaviour. Michelle has been with the charity for just over four years, two years in her current role and two years providing direct work with families and young people. Michelle has worked in the autism field for 17 years now and has a passion for bringing about positive change for all with a diagnosis of autism.

    Advisers from Estate Planning Solutions will be running 30 minute one to one consultations, offering guidance on protecting the financial future of your autistic child or family member. Estate Planning Solutions are a very experienced and highly qualified Will writing and Estate Planning company based in Cheshire.

    Sessions are limited to one per attendee and offered on a first come, first served basis. They will run during the following periods:

    10.20 – 11.30
    13.00 – 14.30
    15.40 – 16.30

    Please note that the clinic sessions take place concurrently with the main theatre programme and lunch and refreshment breaks.

    The presentation slides will be available for ticket holders only to view, download and print in advance. Attendees may wish to bring the printed slides with them to the event.

    Presentations will be removed two weeks following the event.

    Please CLICK HERE to access the password protected presentations. The password will be emailed to ticket holders two days prior to the event. If you do not receive it, please email info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Manchester: 29th November 2019, Pendulum Hotel

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    09.00 – 09.30Registration 
    09.30 - 0940Welcome by the ChairpersonAngela Stanton-Greenwood, Director of Quality Assurance and Workforce Development at Hesley Group
    09.40 – 10.20 What’s really going on here? An insider’s view on understanding autism and how autistic children experience the world
  • What do we mean when we talk about "distressed behaviour"?  
  • There’s always a reason! Thinking about the purpose of the behaviour and common causes and triggers
  • What’s sensory got to do with it?  Understanding how autistic children may experience sensory input like sound, light, taste, texture
  • Paul Isaacs, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Author on the Spectrum
    10.20 – 11.30Let’s be proactive: identifying what is causing the behaviour and finding ways to minimise triggers
  • traffic lights – spotting the early warning signs and understanding the different stages of behaviour
  • How to identify setting events and potential triggers 
  • Ideas for minimising common triggers 
  • To stim or not to stim – challenging behaviour or helpful coping strategy?
     
  • Justin Price, Headteacher of Freemantles School
    11.30 – 11.50 Refreshment break 
    11.50 – 12.50 OPTION A . A focus on severe injurious behaviours
  • Specific strategies to help parents respond appropriately to self-injurious behaviours or physical behaviours such as biting, spitting, hitting and hair pulling
  • Robert Whiskens,Trainer at Studio III Training Systems
    11.50 – 12.50OPTION B. Campfire Session 1: Anxiety
  • Looking at ways to help autistic children cope with anxiety
  • Led by Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    12.50 - 14.00Lunch break
    14.00 - 14.45It’s not a temper tantrum!  Responding to meltdowns – 10 tips on what to do in the momentTessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    14.45 – 15.30OPTION A. Working together to reduce distressed behaviour and improve outcomes. Tips, tools and techniques for parents, carers and professionalsSarah-Jane Critchley, Author of A Different Joy, Speaker, Consultant and Coach
    14.45 – 15.30OPTION B. Campfire Session 2: Calming techniques
  • Helping autistic children to feel safe by using heart beat rhythms
  • Led by Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
    15.30 - 15.50Refreshment break 
    15.50 - 16.20Take care of you, too! Don’t forget the importance of looking after your own mental health when caring, supporting or teaching the autistic people around youSteve McGuinness, Autistic Speaker, Trainer and Consultant
    16.20 – 16.40 Q&A with our speaker panelA chance to ask direct questions to the speakers
    16.45Closing remarks and event end
    Programme may be subject to change at the discretion of the organisers
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    Angela Stanton-Greenwood, MA, M.Ed, CQSW, MCIPD, is a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Consultant to Cornell University in New York USA. Angela is the co-author of the TCI syllabus for individuals with a developmental disability and speaks at conferences in the UK, Ireland and USA. TCI is a behaviour support system that focuses on the meaning behind behaviour and engaging with a person in difficulty.

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    Paul Isaacs has been a speaker, trainer and consultant for eight years and has spoken at many national events on the subject of autism. He has authored five books and contributed to other books on the subject of autism. He is also a blogger and creative consultant on the the cartoon Pablo, supplying story ideas, perspectives and content.

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    Justin Price has spent 27 years working in Special Education. He has been a head teacher for the last 13 years, initially in a school for children with Severe Learning Difficulties, and for the last 9 years at Freemantles School in Woking. Freemantles is a large school specifically for children and young people with complex autism with 193 pupils, which also leads extensive Outreach and Training Services which supports over 1,000 children in the west of Surrey. Freemantles has recently set up a KS2 Centre Class for children with Aspergers which will eventually be co-located on a Mainstream Site and will have a KS1 class added to it. These will still co lead by Freemantles offering a curriculum that truly addresses social and emotional needs as well as the academic subjects.

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

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    Robert Whiskens, began working as a trainer for Studio 3 mid 2004 and has a broad range of experiences across the autistic spectrum specialist part of the care industry. Pre-Studio 3, Robert was the regional coordinator for an Asperger syndrome specific outreach team based in the West Midlands. Prior to this he had worked for several large autism/Asperger specific services around the country. Since working for Studio 3, Robert has frequently worked alongside much broader service user groups. From this he has gained valuable experience and knowledge in both respecting and supporting a range of differences and difficulties.

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    Tessa Morton, over the last 20 years, has grown a successful practice; working as a trainer and coach, advising and directing professionals with communication challenges. She is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist from the University of Worcester and member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). She runs a private practice offering post-diagnostic support and runs voluntary drama and social skills groups for young people on the autistic spectrum. Tessa founded Act for Autism in 2015 because she is passionate about supporting young people with autism and creating awareness in the wider community.

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    Jane Gurnett is an actor, teacher of Drama and workshop leader. As an actor, Jane worked extensively on television and in theatre, including Dangerfield and Casualty. In theatre, she has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and West End musicals. Jane tutors and mentors drama students as well as teaching in a mainstream school. She has a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies, an MA in the Advance Workings of Shakespeare and is studying towards a B Phil in Autism with Birmingham University.

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

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    Sarah-Jane Critchley is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing.

    She is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More…’ and contributor to two titles on autism and girls. She also wrote an ‘Introduction to Autism’ for AC Education to support adoptive and foster parents.

    She is an international keynote speaker. For over 10 years (2008-2018), Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of the award-winning training programme that reached over 207,000 education-based staff in the UK and adapting the AET’s highly successful training programme to meet the local context in Italy and Greece. She worked with stakeholders to produce guidance on exam accommodations and exclusions.

    Sarah-Jane holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in the management of change from London’s City University.

    She is a mother to two autistic teenagers (a late-diagnosed girl and a boy), wife to an autistic husband and lives with two cats.

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    Steve McGuinness is a recent trustee of The National Autistic Society (NAS). He is an autism consultant with Sensory Integration UK & Ireland and PSTIS in Poland, where he presents at their annual national conference and is also their Honorary Patron. He is Specialist Visiting Lecturer (SVL) at Sheffield Hallam University, Ulster University Jordanstown and in Warsaw and Gdansk in Poland.

    In late 2010, Steve set up MSITUA – Autism Consultancy, working with Local Authorities to deliver training sessions on spectrum related conditions. He also works with individuals with autism and Asperger syndrome on projects, designed by him, aimed to assist individuals to reach their true potential.

    Steve and his son are both on the autistic spectrum and high functioning. As such Steve offers up an interesting first person perspective and insight into some of the areas that are little talked about in mainstream society.

    Opening Times

    DayTime
    Friday 29th Nov 20199.00am - 4.45pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent or Family Carer£49.00
    Professional£99.00
    Professional Groups (5 tickets or more)£79.00

    • Booking fees apply. £4.42 for parent and carer tickets and £8.32 for professional tickets.

    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.

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    MacIntyre

    MacIntyre provide learning, support and care for more than 1,200 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability and/or autism, at more than 150 locations across England and Wales. Our diverse range of services includes registered care homes, supported living, outreach, accredited training schemes and lifelong learning services, as well as a residential special school and further education provision.
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    Hesley Group

    Established in 1975, Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services and schools. We aim to offer the best possible care, education and vocational opportunities for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs with behaviour that may challenge.
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    Act for Autism

    Act for Autism is a social enterprise, not-for-profit organisation set up by two passionate professionals and parents who have worked and lived with autistic individuals for over 20 years. Our joint experience as counsellors, actors, drama teachers, presenters and mothers gives us a breadth of experience which we use to help teachers, parents and other professionals.
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    Sarah-Jane Critchley

    Sarah-Jane is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More…’ which she will be selling at the event. She also wrote an ‘Introduction to Autism’ for AC Education to support adoptive and foster parents and a contributor to two titles on autism and girls. For over 10 years (2008-1018), Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism. She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of the award-winning training programme that reached over 207,000 education-based staff in the UK.
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    Campfire sessions are small facilitated discussion groups, where you can share experiences, gain new perspectives and learn from other parents, carers and professionals.

    We will be holding campfire sessions on anxiety and calming techniques as per below:

    11.50 – 12.50 –  Anxiety: looking at practical ways to help autistic children and young people manage anxiety
    14.45 – 15.30 –  Calming techniques: helping autistic children and young people feel safe by using heartbeat rhythms

    Our facilitators, Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett from Act for Autism, will lend their own experiences and help you explore each topic.

    To maximise the effectiveness of these sessions, we have limited numbers to 20 people and places are offered on a first come, first served basis on the day.

    Please note that the two campfire sessions will run concurrently with the main theatre programme.

    The Together Trust, will be running 10 minute one to one consultations, offering attendees practical help and advice on distressed behaviour. The Together Trust is a charity providing special education, residential services, fostering, family support and community services. They support more than 3,700 vulnerable young people and adults across the North West including Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire and Lancashire each year. Their expert staff support individuals with emotional, behavioural or social difficulties, physical and learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions.

    Kate Holden is a Special Advisory Teacher at the Together Trust. Having gained a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree and PGCE teaching certificate, Kate spent fourteen years as a primary school teacher and SENCO working in three very different schools. Kate’s interest and passion has always been autism and social-communication difficulties, and so, six years ago, she started working as a specialist teacher, providing outreach support for mainstream schools across the Sefton borough. This entails 1:1 and group work with young people, providing consultancy and advice to professionals, delivering training sessions for schools and parents, and running coffee mornings for parents, amongst many other things!

    Sue Evans works for the Together Trust as an Advisory Teacher, based in Sefton, supporting mainstream schools. She provides specialist consultation to staff, staff training and 1:1 direct work with students with social communication difficulties including autism. Sue also specialises in behaviour of concern by analysing the function of behaviour and providing support to teach the individual alternative skills to get their needs met.
    Her background includes secondary school teaching and teaching in one of Together Trust’s autism specific schools. As well as her advisory role, Sue is one of the principal PROACT-SCIPr instructors within the organisation. She is responsible for coordinating, delivering and supporting staff in all our services to adopt the positive behavioural support (PBS) model.

    Advisers from Estate Planning Solutions will be running 30 minute one to one consultations, offering guidance on protecting the financial future of your autistic child or family member. Estate Planning Solutions are a very experienced and highly qualified Will writing and Estate Planning company based in Cheshire.

    Sessions are limited to one per attendee and offered on a first come, first served basis. They will run during the following periods:

    10.20 – 11.30
    13.00 – 14.30
    15.40 – 16.30

    Please note that the clinic sessions take place concurrently with the main theatre programme and lunch and refreshment breaks.

    The presentation slides will be available for ticket holders only to view, download and print in advance. Attendees may wish to bring the printed slides with them to the event.

    Presentations will be removed two weeks following the event.

    Please CLICK HERE to access the password protected presentations. The password will be emailed to ticket holders two days prior to the event. If you do not receive it, please email info@autismlearns.co.uk.