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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 Chairperson
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
  • Professor Andrew McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
    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, Autism Consultant, and Trustee and Councillor for the National Autistic Society
    16.20 – 16.40 Q&A with our speaker panelA chance to ask direct questions to the speakers
    16.45Closing remarks and event end
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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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    Dr. Andrew McDonnell is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio3 Training Systems located in Warwickshire. He has a special interest in arousal mechanisms in people with autism and the management of severe challenging behaviours. Other areas of interest are stress management, person centred approaches to behaviour management, arousal mechanisms and their application to human behaviour, and sensory perceptual processing differences.

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

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    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 (2008-1018), 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 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 an autism consultant, and trustee and national councillor for the National Autistic Society. Steve speaks from the perspective of being both an individual with an autism spectrum disorder and a parent of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome.

    Steve also runs the parent support group CAPAAS (Children and Parents Asperger Autistic Support) and has recently finished an autism course at the University of Birmingham.

    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.

    A hand-picked selection of specialist suppliers will be added here over the forthcoming weeks.

    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 the following topics:

    1) Anxiety: looking at practical ways to help autistic children and young people manage anxiety
    2) 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.

    Attendees can visit free one to one advice clinics throughout the day. A variety of professionals will be available to answer questions and offer personalised advice on current challenges you might be facing.

    Each clinic session lasts for 10 minutes and are limited to one session per attendee due to demand. They will run during the following periods:

    10.20 – 11.30
    13.00 – 14.30
    15.40 – 16.30

    The sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis on the day.

    Please note that some of the clinic sessions take place concurrently with the main theatre programme, as well as during the lunch and refreshment breaks.

    Birmingham: 15th November 2019, Birmingham City Football Club

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    09.00 – 09.30Registration 
    09.30 - 0940Welcome by the Chairperson
    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
  • Professor Andrew McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
    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
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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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Dr. Andrew McDonnell is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio3 Training Systems located in Warwickshire. He has a special interest in arousal mechanisms in people with autism and the management of severe challenging behaviours. Other areas of interest are stress management, person centred approaches to behaviour management, arousal mechanisms and their application to human behaviour, and sensory perceptual processing differences.

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

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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 (2008-1018), 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 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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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 snacks 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.

    A hand-picked selection of specialist suppliers will be added here over the forthcoming weeks.

    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 the following topics:

    1) Anxiety: looking at practical ways to help autistic children and young people manage anxiety
    2) 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.

    Attendees can visit free one to one advice clinics throughout the day. A variety of professionals will be available to answer questions and offer personalised advice on current challenges you might be facing.

    Each clinic session lasts for 10 minutes and are limited to one session per attendee due to demand. They will run during the following periods:

    10.20 – 11.30
    13.00 – 14.30
    15.40 – 16.30

    The sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis on the day.

    Please note that some of the clinic sessions take place concurrently with the main theatre programme, as well as during the lunch and refreshment breaks.

    Manchester: 29th November 2019, Pendulum Hotel

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    09.00 – 09.30Registration 
    09.30 - 0940Welcome by the Chairperson
    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
  • Professor Andrew McDonnell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio III Clinical Services
    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
    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Dr. Andrew McDonnell is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio3 Training Systems located in Warwickshire. He has a special interest in arousal mechanisms in people with autism and the management of severe challenging behaviours. Other areas of interest are stress management, person centred approaches to behaviour management, arousal mechanisms and their application to human behaviour, and sensory perceptual processing differences.

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

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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 (2008-1018), 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 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.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    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 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.

    A hand-picked selection of specialist suppliers will be added here over the forthcoming weeks.

    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 the following topics:

    1) Anxiety: looking at practical ways to help autistic children and young people manage anxiety
    2) 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.

    Attendees can visit free one to one advice clinics throughout the day. A variety of professionals will be available to answer questions and offer personalised advice on current challenges you might be facing.

    Each clinic session lasts for 10 minutes and are limited to one session per attendee due to demand. They will run during the following periods:

    10.20 – 11.30
    13.00 – 14.30
    15.40 – 16.30

    The sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis on the day.

    Please note that some of the clinic sessions take place concurrently with the main theatre programme, as well as during the lunch and refreshment breaks.