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Anxiety & Mental Health

Due to the latest government advice, advising everyone to avoid non essential contact with others and unnecessary travel, we have decided to broadcast our next London and Manchester events live over the internet rather than at the Copthorne Tara Hotel and Pendulum Hotel respectively, as originally planned.

If you are a ticket holder, you should have already received information on how to access the online version of Anxiety & Mental Health. If not, please email info@autismlearns.co.uk.

If you are booking a new ticket, you will receive access details for the online event following the completion of your booking.

Mental health awareness has never been greater, and as a society, we are beginning to feel more confident in seeking help when we’re struggling in our lives. However while around 25% of the population will experience mental health issues at some point, studies have shown that autistic people are three times more likely to be affected, with anxiety, stress, and depression commonplace.

Growing up is hard enough if you’re neurotypical but for autistic children, the school years, adolescence and the transition into adulthood is a particularly vulnerable time. Their communication and social interaction difficulties, can both contribute to, and cloak, a decline in mental health.

At this learning day, you’ll gain the practical skills and knowledge to maintain good mental health in autistic children and young adults, in a home and school setting. You’ll learn how to unravel the causes of anxiety, how to spot the warning signs of delicate or declining mental health, and what you can do to help. All at an unbeatable price.

Content is CPD certified for professionals.

You will also learn:

  • Strategies for nurturing mental wellbeing at home and school
  • How to prepare for, and get through, the teenage years
  • Ways to build and maintain self esteem
  • Enabling an autistic person to communicate their feelings and help them feel connected
  • Effective therapies and approaches
  • How does a person with a PDA profile and anxiety, differ from an autistic person with anxiety
  • Tips to manage anxiety, stress and depression
  • Supporting autistic students with mental health issues

Please scroll down to view the event closest to you and click on the tabs to view the full programme.

Birmingham: 13th March 2020, Birmingham City Football Club

TimeTitleSpeaker
09.00 – 09.30Registration 
09.30 - 0940Welcome by the ChairpersonDr Maciej Danilewicz, Consultant Psychiatrist at Hesley Group
09.40 – 10.25 Talking to autistic children and young adults about their autism
  • When and how do I tell my child about their condition?  
  • Enabling an autistic person to communicate their feelings and help them feel connected
  • Preparing for the teenage years and beyond
  • Protecting your child as they reach legal adulthood
  • Chris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor, Multi-Award Winning Writer and Speaker, and Creator of Autistic Not Weird
    10.25 – 11.10Improving wellbeing for autistic children and young adults
  • What does "normal" mental health look like in autistic people?
  • Pre-emptive strategies to maintain good mental health - communication and socialising with parents and peers; physical exercise and the outdoors; encouraging and engaging in special interests
  • How to spot when an autistic person is experiencing mental health difficulties?
  • Getting professional help – what’s available and how do you access it?
  • Georgia Harper and Jack Welch, "Know Your Normal" Co-authors, Ambitious About Autism and CRAE

    11.10 – 11.30 Refreshment break 
    11.30 – 12.15 Understanding depression and what therapies can help autistic children and young adults
  • What are the common causes of depression?
  • How to spot the warning signs
  • Talking to an autistic person about their depression
  • Things you can do at home and at school to help
  • Dr Kate Cooper, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Bath and Oxford Health
    12.15 – 13.00Mental health at school - creating a more positive environment for autistic students
  • What are the common triggers for anxiety and other mental health issues at school?
  • What can schools do to help minimise these triggers and create a safe and mentally healthy space for autistic students
  • Strategies for supporting autistic students with mental health issues
  • Preparing autistic students for the transition into adulthood
  • Sue Stephens, Special Education Consultant and Trainer
    13.00 - 14.10Lunch break or Ask the Speakers (Q&A with selected speakers, 13.00 - 13.40)
    14.10 - 14.30Estate planning to secure your child's long term financial futurePaul Dodsworth, Managing Director of Estate Planning Solutions
    14.30 - 15.10Autism and anxiety – tips to help autistic children and teens understand what causes their anxiety and how to combat it
  • What is anxiety and what can be the common causes
  • How to help identify what is causing their anxiety
  • Strategies for managing anxiety
  • De-sensitising strategies
  • Dr Fiona McCaffery, Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre for Autism
    15.10 – 15.50Avoiding everyday demands and expectations (PDA): how this can impact on anxiety
  • Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) – a profile on the autism spectrum
  • Increasing your understanding of PDA and how anxiety can look for this autism profile
  • What are the best ways of helping and working with children who have PDA
  • Jilly Davis, Independent Trainer and Education Advisor at the PDA Society
    15.50 - 16.10Refreshment break 
    16.10 - 16.50Promoting autism awareness in school: reducing bullying, and raising confidence levels and self-esteem for increased wellbeing
  • How can you create a positive environment for autistic students through autism awareness and peer support networks?
  • Working with autistic students to create tools for coping with bullying situations
  • Confidence-building techniques and strategies, to improve self-esteem and build resilience in autistic students
  • How to best respond to bullying situations, eliminate future occurrences and turn negativity around
  • Dr Jamie Galpin, Chartered Developmental Psychologist and Research Lead at The Bridge School London
    16.50 - 17.00Closing remarks and event end
    Programme may be subject to change at the discretion of the organisers
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    Dr Maciej Danilewicz graduated in Medicine from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 1997, where he subsequently became a Medical Lecturer. Upon relocating to the United Kingdom, he worked at substance misuse rehabilitation units in the independent sector, a medium secure forensic hospital, low secure forensic unit, a locked rehabilitation unit, a Substance Intervention Team Prison Service and the largest in the UK Addiction Treatment Initiative.

    He graduated in Cognitive Therapy studies from Oxford University in 2010 and Clinical Psychiatry studies from Cardiff University in 2013.

    He is currently working as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Hesley Group, a specialist care provider for people with learning difficulties, ASD, and challenging behaviours.

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    Chris Bonnello is a special needs tutor with Asperger syndrome, and was previously a teacher in both primary and special education. Since 2015, he has become a national and international speaker on autism issues, and the multi-award-winning writer behind autisticnotweird.com. He is also the author of Underdogs, a near-future war novel featuring autistic heroes.

    Chris received his Asperger syndrome diagnosis at the age of 25. Since then, he has been able to define himself by his strengths rather than his weaknesses, and encourages other autistic people to see their own strengths. Autisticnotweird.com now has over two million page hits, and his Facebook community stands at over 103,000 followers.

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    Georgia Harper has been involved with Ambitious about Autism since 2015, and has spent three years on their Youth Council for young autistic people. Alongside academics from UCL’s Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Georgia co-authored the research behind the Know Your Normal campaign on mental health and autism.

    Georgia co-presented the 2018 Channel 4 documentary “Are You Autistic?” alongside Sam Ahern and Anna Richardson.

    Georgia now works in policy for the autism research charity Autistica, and leads the day-to-day running of the Embracing Complexity coalition of neurodevelopmental organisations.

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    Jack Welch is an autistic advocate and all-round volunteer expert. From 2015-19, he was a member of Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Council, where he became a Vice Chair. In that time he supported their work across employment, mental health and support in schools.

    In 2018, Jack was appointed as Chairperson of Mencap’s Voices Council, which is made up of people with lived experiences, to inform and support the governance of the organisation.

    Within healthcare, Jack sits as an advisor for NHS England on issues relating to learning disability and autism, as well as being a member of a patient/public forum for Dorset CCG.

    He has a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Winchester.

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    Dr Fiona McCaffrey is Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre for Autism. Fiona has a graduate qualification in Autism, a Master’s in Counselling and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She has worked individually and in-group sessions with older children and young adults with autism and their parents. Fiona has spoken and presented nationally and internationally on autism and the work of Middletown Centre.

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    Sue Stephens is a consultant in special education and delivers training and consultancy across the country on behalf of the National Autistic Society, including Autism Education Trust training and bespoke training for the particular needs of schools.

    Sue retired as headteacher of Freemantles School, one of the largest local authority provisions for pupils with autism, in 2010, after a thirty-eight year teaching career which spanned mainstream primary, mainstream secondary and special education settings. From 1988 onwards, Sue worked with pupils with autism who had complex and challenging behaviours, first in the classroom and then in a management roles culminating in headship. In addition to the 4-to-19 specialist provision at Freemantles, she was responsible for an outreach team providing support, training and consultancy to mainstream schools.

    Sue currently leads a Sunday club for young people with additional needs and complex behaviours and is a school governor. Sue is passionate about inclusion, both in schools and in the wider community, and that it should be appropriate and well managed.

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    Dr Jamie Galpin is a chartered developmental psychologist who has been working with children and young people with SEN for the past 15 years. Whilst working both as a SEN teaching assistant and then as a SEN teacher he completed his master’s degree in Child Development. His interest in the practical applications of research then led him to complete a master’s in research in Education. Jamie went on to complete his PhD in Developmental Psychology where his research focus was on emotion in children’s drawings and the relationship between language and drawing.

    His current research focuses on practical, effective interventions for pupils with SEND particularly interventions and support for autistic pupils in school settings – the development of practice-based evidence. He has a specific interest in supporting minimally verbal pupils with complex needs. Within this the relationship between sensory differences, anxiety and managing uncertainty is an especial focus.

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    Paul Dodsworth FCCA, FIPW, TEP is Managing Director of Estate Planning Solutions. He has spent more than 20 years in financial services and estate planning. Like all of the Estate Planning Solutions’ consultants, he is an Associate of the Institute of Professional Will writers. Paul has a particular specialisation in advising parents of carers of vulnerable beneficiaries, delivering talks to various such groups all over the country.

    The protection of vulnerable people is vital when considering how to structure your Will to ensure that their legacy is not lost through the many threats that they could encounter when parents and grandparents are no longer around.

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    Dr Kate Cooper is a researcher and clinical psychologist based at the University of Bath and in Oxford Health. She aims to conduct research which helps NHS services adapt to better meet the needs of neurodiverse people and works clinically in CAMHS. Kate has recently started a three-year NIHR-funded fellowship to investigate the experiences of autistic individuals with gender dysphoria. She is committed to working alongside autistic people in her research, and will be seeking input and support from transgender autistic people throughout her fellowship.

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    Jilly Davis is a Consultant and Education Advisor for the PDA Society. She was previously Assistant Head at the National Autistic Society’s Robert Ogden School and has a wealth of experience in working with children on the autism spectrum with complex autism, and in particular, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Back in 2004 she was given the responsibility of developing a provision within the school to cater for, and to develop, good autism practice to meet the needs of young people with PDA. Jilly has developed many positive educational approaches and strategies to use in order to teach children with PDA and help them reach their full educational potential.

    Visitors seeking personalised advice, can take a shortened lunch break, and attend a special Q&A session with a selection of our speakers including Chris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor and Multi-Award Winning Writer; Jack Welch and Georgia Harper, “Know Your Normal” Co-authors, Ambitious About Autism and CRAE; Dr Fiona McCaffrey, Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre for Autism; Sue Stephens, Special Education Consultant and Trainer; and Jilly Davis, Independent Trainer and Education Advisor at the PDA Society.

    Ask the Speakers will take place in the main theatre from 1pm until 1.40pm.

    There will also be opportunities to talk to speakers individually during the morning and afternoon intervals.

    Opening Times

    DayTime
    Friday 13th March 20209.00am - 4.45pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/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 your own lunch.

    Estate Planning Solutions

    Estate Planning Solutions is a nationwide company, with a headquarters in Cheadle and also London offices that has been helping clients write their Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trusts for over 15 years. We are highly qualified and specialised in this area of legal work. All of our consultants are AIPW qualified and within the business, we have operatives who hold the STEP qualification (Society of Trust and Estate Planning). This is the “gold standard” qualification and indicates the level of expertise that we have. The Institute of Professional Will writers are our regulatory body and through them, we are approved by The Trading Standards Institute.

    We pride ourselves in delivering a bespoke, plain English service delivered in the client’s home at a time most convenient to them. Our initial consultation is completely free and without obligation where we will provide options, benefits and cost for the client and a solution that addresses their concerns, taking account of their hope, wishes and fears.
    Visit our site

    The presentation slides are available for ticket holders only to view, download or 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 one day prior to the event. If you do not receive it, please email info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    For professionals, a CPD Certificate can also be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

    London: 20th March 2020, Online Event

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    09.00 – 09.30Registration 
    09.30 - 0940Welcome by the Chairperson
    09.40 – 10.25 Talking to autistic children and young adults about their autism
  • When and how do I tell my child about their condition?  
  • Enabling an autistic person to communicate their feelings and help them feel connected
  • Preparing for the teenage years and beyond
  • Protecting your child as they reach legal adulthood
  • Chris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor, Multi-Award Winning Writer and Speaker, and Creator of Autistic Not Weird
    10.25 – 11.10Improving wellbeing for autistic children and young adults
  • What does "normal" mental health look like in autistic people?
  • Pre-emptive strategies to maintain good mental health - communication and socialising with parents and peers; physical exercise and the outdoors; encouraging and engaging in special interests
  • How to spot when an autistic person is experiencing mental health difficulties?
  • Getting professional help – what’s available and how do you access it?
  • Georgia Harper and Jack Welch, "Know Your Normal" Co-authors, Ambitious About Autism and CRAE
    11.10 – 11.30 Refreshment break 
    11.30 – 12.15 Autism and anxiety – tips to help autistic children and teens understand what causes their anxiety and how to combat it
  • What is anxiety and what can be the common causes
  • How to help identify what is causing their anxiety
  • Strategies for managing anxiety
  • De-sensitising strategies
  • Dr Fiona McCaffery, Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre for Autism
    12.15 – 13.00Mental health at school - creating a more positive environment for autistic students
  • What are the common triggers for anxiety and other mental health issues at school?
  • What can schools do to help minimise these triggers and create a safe and mentally healthy space for autistic students
  • Strategies for supporting autistic students with mental health issues
  • Preparing autistic students for the transition into adulthood
  • Dr Mitzi Waltz, Researcher/Docent in Global Public Health at Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    13.00 - 14.10Lunch break
    14.30 - 15.10Understanding depression and what therapies can help autistic children and young adults
  • What are the common causes of depression?
  • How to spot the warning signs
  • Talking to an autistic person about their depression
  • Things you can do at home and at school to help
  • Dr Kate Cooper, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Bath and Oxford Health
    15.10 – 15.50Avoiding everyday demands and expectations (PDA): how this can impact on anxiety
  • Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) – a profile on the autism spectrum
  • Increasing your understanding of PDA and how anxiety can look for this autism profile
  • What are the best ways of helping and working with children who have PDA
  • Laura Kerbey, Education Consultant
    15.50 - 16.10Refreshment break 
    16.10 - 16.50Promoting autism awareness in school: reducing bullying, and raising confidence levels and self-esteem for increased wellbeing
  • How can you create a positive environment for autistic students through autism awareness and peer support networks?
  • Working with autistic students to create tools for coping with bullying situations
  • Confidence-building techniques and strategies, to improve self-esteem and build resilience in autistic students
  • How to best respond to bullying situations, eliminate future occurrences and turn negativity around
  • Dr Jamie Galpin, Chartered Developmental Psychologist and Research Lead at The Bridge School London
    16.50 - 17.00Closing remarks and event end
    Programme may be subject to change at the discretion of the organisers
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    Chris Bonnello is a special needs tutor with Asperger syndrome, and was previously a teacher in both primary and special education. Since 2015, he has become a national and international speaker on autism issues, and the multi-award-winning writer behind autisticnotweird.com. He is also the author of Underdogs, a near-future war novel featuring autistic heroes.

    Chris received his Asperger syndrome diagnosis at the age of 25. Since then, he has been able to define himself by his strengths rather than his weaknesses, and encourages other autistic people to see their own strengths. Autisticnotweird.com now has over two million page hits, and his Facebook community stands at over 103,000 followers.

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    Georgia Harper has been involved with Ambitious about Autism since 2015, and has spent three years on their Youth Council for young autistic people. Alongside academics from UCL’s Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Georgia co-authored the research behind the Know Your Normal campaign on mental health and autism.

    Georgia co-presented the 2018 Channel 4 documentary “Are You Autistic?” alongside Sam Ahern and Anna Richardson.

    Georgia now works in policy for the autism research charity Autistica, and leads the day-to-day running of the Embracing Complexity coalition of neurodevelopmental organisations.

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    Jack Welch is an autistic advocate and all-round volunteer expert. From 2015-19, he was a member of Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Council, where he became a Vice Chair. In that time he supported their work across employment, mental health and support in schools.

    In 2018, Jack was appointed as Chairperson of Mencap’s Voices Council, which is made up of people with lived experiences, to inform and support the governance of the organisation.

    Within healthcare, Jack sits as an advisor for NHS England on issues relating to learning disability and autism, as well as being a member of a patient/public forum for Dorset CCG.

    He has a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Winchester.

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    Dr Fiona McCaffrey is Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre for Autism. Fiona has a graduate qualification in Autism, a Master’s in Counselling and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She has worked individually and in-group sessions with older children and young adults with autism and their parents. Fiona has spoken and presented nationally and internationally on autism and the work of Middletown Centre.

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    Dr Jamie Galpin is a chartered developmental psychologist who has been working with children and young people with SEN for the past 15 years. Whilst working both as a SEN teaching assistant and then as a SEN teacher he completed his master’s degree in Child Development. His interest in the practical applications of research then led him to complete a master’s in research in Education. Jamie went on to complete his PhD in Developmental Psychology where his research focus was on emotion in children’s drawings and the relationship between language and drawing.

    His current research focuses on practical, effective interventions for pupils with SEND particularly interventions and support for autistic pupils in school settings – the development of practice-based evidence. He has a specific interest in supporting minimally verbal pupils with complex needs. Within this the relationship between sensory differences, anxiety and managing uncertainty is an especial focus.

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    Dr Kate Cooper is a researcher and clinical psychologist based at the University of Bath and in Oxford Health. She aims to conduct research which helps NHS services adapt to better meet the needs of neurodiverse people and works clinically in CAMHS. Kate has recently started a three-year NIHR-funded fellowship to investigate the experiences of autistic individuals with gender dysphoria. She is committed to working alongside autistic people in her research, and will be seeking input and support from transgender autistic people throughout her fellowship.

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    Laura Kerbey has been working with children and young people with autism and other associated conditions for over 19 years.

    Laura was the Assistant Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at an independent special school for children with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism.

    In March 2013, Laura founded Positive Autism Support and Training (PAST) to provide support to families who have children with autism and other associated conditions such as PDA.

    In October 2018, Laura launched KITE Therapeutic Learning Services to provide bespoke therapeutic learning programmes for children who are unable to access school due to high anxiety or other needs. The majority of children accessing KITE have autism with a PDA profile.

    Laura works as an Educational Consultant working closely with schools and colleges providing training and advice to ensure that the needs of learners with autism and PDA are fully met.

    Opening Times

    DayTime
    Friday 20th March 20209.00am - 4.45pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/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 is a nationwide company, with a headquarters in Cheadle and also London offices that has been helping clients write their Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trusts for over 15 years. We are highly qualified and specialised in this area of legal work. All of our consultants are AIPW qualified and within the business, we have operatives who hold the STEP qualification (Society of Trust and Estate Planning). This is the “gold standard” qualification and indicates the level of expertise that we have. The Institute of Professional Will writers are our regulatory body and through them, we are approved by The Trading Standards Institute.

    We pride ourselves in delivering a bespoke, plain English service delivered in the client’s home at a time most convenient to them. Our initial consultation is completely free and without obligation where we will provide options, benefits and cost for the client and a solution that addresses their concerns, taking account of their hope, wishes and fears.
    Visit our site

    The presentation slides are available for ticket holders only to view, download or 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 one day prior to the event. If you do not receive it, please email info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    For professionals, a CPD Certificate can also be downloaded from Monday 23rd March by clicking on the link above.

    Manchester: 27th March 2020, Online Event

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    09.00 – 09.30Registration 
    09.30 - 0940Welcome by the Chairperson
    09.40 – 10.25 Talking to autistic children and young adults about their autism
  • When and how do I tell my child about their condition?  
  • Enabling an autistic person to communicate their feelings and help them feel connected
  • Preparing for the teenage years and beyond
  • Protecting your child as they reach legal adulthood
  • Chris Bonnello, Special Needs Tutor, Multi-Award Winning Writer and Speaker, and Creator of Autistic Not Weird
    10.25 – 11.10Improving wellbeing for autistic children and young adults
  • What does "normal" mental health look like in autistic people?
  • Pre-emptive strategies to maintain good mental health - communication and socialising with parents and peers; physical exercise and the outdoors; encouraging and engaging in special interests
  • How to spot when an autistic person is experiencing mental health difficulties?
  • Getting professional help – what’s available and how do you access it?
  • Georgia Harper and Jack Welch "Know Your Normal" Co-authors, Ambitious About Autism and CRAE
    11.10 – 11.30 Refreshment break 
    11.30 – 12.15 Understanding depression and what therapies can help autistic children and young adults
  • What are the common causes of depression?
  • How to spot the warning signs
  • Talking to an autistic person about their depression
  • Things you can do at home and at school to help
  • Dr Kate Cooper, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Bath and Oxford Health
    12.15 – 13.00Mental health at school - creating a more positive environment for autistic students
  • What are the common triggers for anxiety and other mental health issues at school?
  • What can schools do to help minimise these triggers and create a safe and mentally healthy space for autistic students
  • Strategies for supporting autistic students with mental health issues
  • Preparing autistic students for the transition into adulthood
  • Andrew Whitehouse, SEND Consultant (Forensic) at People First Education
    13.00 - 14.10Lunch break
    14.30 - 15.10Autism and anxiety – tips to help autistic children and teens understand what causes their anxiety and how to combat it
  • What is anxiety and what can be the common causes
  • How to help identify what is causing their anxiety
  • Strategies for managing anxiety
  • De-sensitising strategies
  • Dr Fiona McCaffery, Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre for Autism
    15.10 – 15.50Promoting autism awareness in school: reducing bullying, and raising confidence levels and self-esteem for increased wellbeing
  • How can you create a positive environment for autistic students through autism awareness and peer support networks?
  • Working with autistic students to create tools for coping with bullying situations
  • Confidence-building techniques and strategies, to improve self-esteem and build resilience in autistic students
  • How to best respond to bullying situations, eliminate future occurrences and turn negativity around
  • Dr Jamie Galpin, Chartered Developmental Psychologist and Research Lead at The Bridge School London
    15.50 - 16.10Refreshment break 
    16.10 - 16.50Avoiding everyday demands and expectations (PDA): how this can impact on anxiety
  • Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) – a profile on the autism spectrum
  • Increasing your understanding of PDA and how anxiety can look for this autism profile
  • What are the best ways of helping and working with children who have PDA
  • Laura Kerbey, Education Consultant
    16.50 - 17.00Closing remarks and event end
    Programme may be subject to change at the discretion of the organisers
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    Chris Bonnello is a special needs tutor with Asperger syndrome, and was previously a teacher in both primary and special education. Since 2015, he has become a national and international speaker on autism issues, and the multi-award-winning writer behind autisticnotweird.com. He is also the author of Underdogs, a near-future war novel featuring autistic heroes.

    Chris received his Asperger syndrome diagnosis at the age of 25. Since then, he has been able to define himself by his strengths rather than his weaknesses, and encourages other autistic people to see their own strengths. Autisticnotweird.com now has over two million page hits, and his Facebook community stands at over 103,000 followers.

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    Georgia Harper has been involved with Ambitious about Autism since 2015, and has spent three years on their Youth Council for young autistic people. Alongside academics from UCL’s Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Georgia co-authored the research behind the Know Your Normal campaign on mental health and autism.

    Georgia co-presented the 2018 Channel 4 documentary “Are You Autistic?” alongside Sam Ahern and Anna Richardson.

    Georgia now works in policy for the autism research charity Autistica, and leads the day-to-day running of the Embracing Complexity coalition of neurodevelopmental organisations.

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    Jack Welch is an autistic advocate and all-round volunteer expert. From 2015-19, he was a member of Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Council, where he became a Vice Chair. In that time he supported their work across employment, mental health and support in schools.

    In 2018, Jack was appointed as Chairperson of Mencap’s Voices Council, which is made up of people with lived experiences, to inform and support the governance of the organisation.

    Within healthcare, Jack sits as an advisor for NHS England on issues relating to learning disability and autism, as well as being a member of a patient/public forum for Dorset CCG.

    He has a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Winchester.

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    Dr Kate Cooper is a researcher and clinical psychologist based at the University of Bath and in Oxford Health. She aims to conduct research which helps NHS services adapt to better meet the needs of neurodiverse people and works clinically in CAMHS. Kate has recently started a three-year NIHR-funded fellowship to investigate the experiences of autistic individuals with gender dysphoria. She is committed to working alongside autistic people in her research, and will be seeking input and support from transgender autistic people throughout her fellowship.

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    Andrew Whitehouse is a specialist in neurological diversity and behaviour, and provides interventions for professionals, parents and young people with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and related conditions. Andrew has a number of roles including training, strategies and therapies for education professionals in schools and colleges, observing learners in the learning environment and providing practical solutions to help them achieve their potential, both social and emotional and academic.

    As well as running networking day courses across the UK for SEN, Andrew provides short courses for The University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University and holds a number of UK and overseas contracts. Andrew delivered a TEDx Talk “From Disability to Superpowers” and has an extensive conference profile. Andrew is also a Forensic SEND Consultant and acts as an expert witness in SEND related court cases.

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    Dr Fiona McCaffrey is Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre for Autism. Fiona has a graduate qualification in Autism, a Master’s in Counselling and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She has worked individually and in-group sessions with older children and young adults with autism and their parents. Fiona has spoken and presented nationally and internationally on autism and the work of Middletown Centre.

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    Dr Jamie Galpin is a chartered developmental psychologist who has been working with children and young people with SEN for the past 15 years. Whilst working both as a SEN teaching assistant and then as a SEN teacher he completed his master’s degree in Child Development. His interest in the practical applications of research then led him to complete a master’s in research in Education. Jamie went on to complete his PhD in Developmental Psychology where his research focus was on emotion in children’s drawings and the relationship between language and drawing.

    His current research focuses on practical, effective interventions for pupils with SEND particularly interventions and support for autistic pupils in school settings – the development of practice-based evidence. He has a specific interest in supporting minimally verbal pupils with complex needs. Within this the relationship between sensory differences, anxiety and managing uncertainty is an especial focus.

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    Laura Kerbey has been working with children and young people with autism and other associated conditions for over 19 years.

    Laura was the Assistant Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at an independent special school for children with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism.

    In March 2013, Laura founded Positive Autism Support and Training (PAST) to provide support to families who have children with autism and other associated conditions such as PDA.

    In October 2018, Laura launched KITE Therapeutic Learning Services to provide bespoke therapeutic learning programmes for children who are unable to access school due to high anxiety or other needs. The majority of children accessing KITE have autism with a PDA profile.

    Laura works as an Educational Consultant working closely with schools and colleges providing training and advice to ensure that the needs of learners with autism and PDA are fully met.

    Opening Times

    DayTime
    Friday 27th March 20209.00am - 4.45pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/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.

    Estate Planning Solutions

    Estate Planning Solutions is a nationwide company, with a headquarters in Cheadle and also London offices that has been helping clients write their Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trusts for over 15 years. We are highly qualified and specialised in this area of legal work. All of our consultants are AIPW qualified and within the business, we have operatives who hold the STEP qualification (Society of Trust and Estate Planning). This is the “gold standard” qualification and indicates the level of expertise that we have. The Institute of Professional Will writers are our regulatory body and through them, we are approved by The Trading Standards Institute.

    We pride ourselves in delivering a bespoke, plain English service delivered in the client’s home at a time most convenient to them. Our initial consultation is completely free and without obligation where we will provide options, benefits and cost for the client and a solution that addresses their concerns, taking account of their hope, wishes and fears.
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    The presentation slides are available for ticket holders only to view, download or 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 one day prior to the event. If you do not receive it, please email info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    For professionals, a CPD Certificate can also be downloaded from Monday 30th March by clicking on the link above.