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Supporting Girls on the Spectrum

An online learning series: 26th & 27th March 2021

Watch live and/or stream recordings of all webinars for 30 days

Welcome to Autism Learns. We provide trusted and affordable online learning to parents, family carers and professionals who support children and adults on the autism spectrum. Brought to you by the organisers of The Autism Show, we share the knowledge and practical skills to help you at home and in the workplace.

This month’s online learning series will look at how we can better identify and provide support for our autistic girls. It will look at how the school environment and curriculum can be adapted to make it more accessible, looking at simple and practical changes which can make a big difference. We’ll also explore the common challenges that autistic girls face, including making friends and dealing with anxiety, and address how best to prepare for the approach of adulthood.

You can choose to watch the webinars live and seek personalised advice from our speakers, and/or stream recordings afterwards and watch when most convenient to you.

Learnings include:

  • Identifying key issues for autistic girls at school and providing practical school-based support strategies
  • The 4 o’clock explosion! The impact of trying to fit in – masking and camouflaging at school
  • Hiding in plain sight: does autism look different in girls and, if so, what is the impact on diagnosis and support?
  • Imploding not exploding – internalising anxiety. Recognising and dealing with anxiety in autistic girls
  • Friendships and the struggle to fit in – tackling issues of conflict and maintenance in relationships
  • Preparing autistic girls for puberty
  • Keeping safe – sex and relationships education for autistic girls
  • What I wish someone had told me when I was growing up!

Book the series now for just £29.99 for parents and family carers, and £49.99 for professionals. Content is CPD certified. Price includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars in the series.

Please scroll down and click on the tabs for more information on this series.

Fri 26th March 2021

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.00 - 10.10Welcome and introductionKate Laird, Webinar Manager at Autism Learns
10.10 - 11.00Hiding in plain sight: does autism look different in girls and, if so, what is the impact on diagnosis and support? Diagnostic overshadowing, mis-/delayed/lack of diagnosis
  • Why do more boys get an autism diagnosis?
  • Is the 4:1 ratio accurate?
  • Do autistic girls have characteristics which don’t fit the standard autism profile?
  • If so, what does autism look like in girls compared to boys?
  • Hannah Hayward, Neurodevelopmental Specialist at HM Prison Services and St Giles Trust
    11.00 - 11.50 The 4 o’clock explosion! The impact of trying to fit in - masking and camouflaging at school
  • What do we mean by masking and camouflaging behaviour?  
  • Why are girls more likely to mask/camouflage to cover up the fact that they are experiencing school differently?
  • How to spot if an autistic girl is probably masking/camouflaging
  • What is the cost of pretending?
  • Helen Ellis, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator at the National Autistic Society
    11.50 - 12.40Identifying key issues for autistic girls at school and providing practical school-based support strategies
  • How do the differences between autistic girls and boys present in a school environment?  
  • What are the unique challenges that autistic girls face at school?
  • Whole-school approaches to supporting autistic girls
  • Adjusting classroom teaching strategies and communication to support girls on the autism spectrum
  • Sharonne Horlock, Formerly SENCO at Impington Village College and currently undertaking a PhD on education experiences for autistic girls
    12.40 - 13.30Lunch break 
    13.30 - 14.20Adapting the curriculum for autistic girls and young women
  • The difference in learning styles of autistic girls
  • Tweaks that can help engage autistic girls in their learning
  • Understanding how the "hidden curriculum" can impact on their ability to learn
  • Dr Jacqui Ashton-Smith, Lead Trainer at ShipCon EU and Specialist Consultant at ASTEC
    14.20 - 15.10"A day at secondary school for the Girl with the Curly Hair"; film followed by Q&ASam Ramsay, Manager of The Curly Hair Project
    15.10 - 15.15Closing remarks and end of day oneKate Laird, Webinar Manager at Autism Learns

    Content may be subject to change.

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    Hannah Hayward is Neurodevelopmental Specialist at HM Prison Services and St Giles Trust.

    Hannah has dedicated herself to autism research and tirelessly advocates for increased public understanding of women on the spectrum, and indeed the greater well-being of all those with neurodiverse conditions.

    Spanning over a decade, Hannah’s extensive work in autism covers research, diagnosis, mentoring, care, training and education. She is highly experienced in delivering gold standard ADI/R and ADOS for diagnosis of both adults and children and sees patients and their families both privately and through her ongoing work with Maudsley NHS hospital; a leading, specialist autism diagnostic centre. She is completing a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London on how we can better understand sex differences and similarities in the autism profile.

    Since 2012, Hannah has been delivering ASD psycho-educational workshops with male and female offenders across London prisons. Having been part of a successful bid for government funding in early 2018, she is now partnering with St. Giles Trust to improve service provision for women with mental health and complex support needs in England’s Criminal Justice System. Hannah will deliver ASD specialist training to both staff and offenders across seven prisons nationwide, with a view to rolling out this first-of-its-kind training across other systems in the criminal justice system.

    To learn more about Hannah’s autism clinical diagnosis service for both adults and children, or her bespoke autism training for professionals, please visit www.hannahhayward.co.uk.

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    Helen Ellis has been Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator at the National Autistic Society for the past two and a half years, working on internal policies and staff representation, as well as being an occasional trainer and lived experience speaker.

    Helen received her formal diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome aged 21 (2009), whilst in her penultimate year of her undergraduate degree. She was self-diagnosed from the age of 15 and took some time to convince both herself and then a doctor of the need for a formal diagnosis.

    She is a member of the Westminster Autism Commission, on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Autism (APPGA) advisory group. She has spoken at a number of conferences and training sessions over the years, predominantly focussing on late diagnosis, school and employment experiences and sensory issues.

    Helen is passionate about the need for people to self-advocate and share their positive and negative experiences of being Autistic with the world; as such, she is a regular user of Twitter and has a blog sharing her viewpoint as a person on the spectrum.

    Outside of the Autism world, Helen spends a lot of time on the road/tracks visiting family and friends around the country and following the fortunes of Saracens Rugby club at various home and away fixtures. She loves to challenge herself to try new and scary things every now and again; anything from tandem skydiving to travelling solo to the USA for a week!

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    Sharonne Horlock is a former SENCo with significant experience in mainstream schools, specialist provision and a member of the Autism and Girls Forum. When asked, “Why education?” the answer has remained resolute. “To make a difference”. Sharonne is currently researching the lived experiences of autistic girls in secondary schools for her PhD.

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    Dr Jacqui Ashton-Smith is Lead Trainer at ShipCon EU and Specialist Consultant at ASTEC.

    Jacqui has over 35 years’ experience working in the field of education, autism and SEN. She has presented at numerous conferences world wide, delivered international training and consultancy and post graduate training at a number of universities in the UK, Europe and Japan.

    Jacqui is a qualified teacher with post graduate qualifications in SEN and autism. She has a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and has undertaken a range of training in the field of autism and education. She was a lead trainer for the National Autistic Society in the UK and has had her research and papers published in professional journals.

    For 25 years Jacqui was Principal then Executive Principal of specialist residential schools for autistic children and for the past 9 years has led the Education Division of a national organisation which runs eight schools as Head of Operations then Director of Education.

    Jacqui is a member of the Autism Education Trust Expert Reference Group and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of Autism Accreditation, a UK quality assurance system run by the National Autistic Society for autism specific schools and adult services.

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    Sam Ramsay is the Manager of The Curly Hair Project.

    Sam has twin girls, one of which was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 14. Prior to that her daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder, which in her view was her daughter’s way of dealing with the anxiety of undiagnosed autism.

    Sam discovered Alis Rowe (Founder of The Curly Hair Project) and her work in 2014 and felt an immediate connection. She read Aspergers & Me and felt that Alis was writing about her daughter. It helped her make sense of so many things that had happened to her daughter growing up. The training, books and social media posts were such a fantastic support to Sam’s family as they learned to understand the diagnosis and how it presented itself in their daughter.

    Sam has had the privilege of working with Alis longer than any other team member and have enjoyed helping Alis to build and manage the team of trainers that they have across the UK. She has enjoyed speaking with Alis at NAS conferences and being interviewed with her on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

    Although Sam is based in the South West, she is proud to support Alis and The Curly Hair Project throughout the UK. She believes that the work that they offer is unique; written by an autistic adult, delivered by a parent of an autistic child, they are “experts by experience”. For parents and professionals alike, this provides invaluable insight.

    Timings

    DayTimes
    Fri 26th March 202110am - 3.15pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/Family Carer£29.99
    Professional£49.99
    Professional Groups (10 tickets or more)£44.99

    •This is the price for the whole two day series and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars
    •Booking fees apply: £2.93 for parent/family carers, £4.49 for professionals, £4.09 for professional groups and £4.09 for professional groups

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

    In order to watch the webinar, you will need the following:

    • A computer, tablet or smartphone with working speakers (a computer is preferable to better view the presentations, participate in live polls and chat with other attendees if you wish)
    • An internet connection with a good speed

    Simply click on the link we send you to join the webinar. If you do not already have Zoom downloaded on your device, you will be prompted to download the free software and set up an account – this should only take two minutes to complete.

    Please try and join the webinar a few minutes early in order to allow time for the Zoom download if necessary, and to be ready for the first session.

    Alternatively you may wish to watch the webinars when it’s most convenient to you. If so, we will email you details on how to access video recordings of all webinars in the series, the week following the event. You will have 30 days to watch them.

    If you don’t receive a booking confirmation or joining email from us, or generally have difficulties logging into the webinars, please contact us at info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Ticket holders will gain 30 day access (until 30th April 2021) to video recordings of all webinars in the series, plus speaker presentation slides and Q&A transcripts, by CLICKING HERE and entering the password provided by us the week following this event.

    Professional ticket holders will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance by email.

    Sat 27th March 2021

    TimeTitleSpeaker
    10.00 - 10.10Welcome and introductionKate Laird, Webinar Manager at Autism Learns
    10.10 - 11.00Imploding not exploding – internalising anxiety. Recognising and dealing with anxiety in autistic girls
  • What causes anxiety in autistic girls?
  • What are the effects of anxiety to their lives and relationships at home and in school?
  • Recognising the signs of anxiety
  • Strategies for working with high levels of anxiety
  • Sue Granger, Autism Advisor at West Berkshire Council, and Autism Support Specialist at Owl Therapy Centre
    11.00 - 11.50Preparing autistic girls for puberty
  • Why is it so important to prepare autistic girls for puberty?
  • Why is puberty such a difficult time for autistic girls?
  • What to teach them and when?
  • Lynne Moxon, Independent Psychologist and Trainer
    11.50 - 12.40Keeping safe – sex and relationships education for autistic girls
  • Vulnerability - why autistic girls may be at greater risk of exploitation and abuse
  • What you need to teach autistic girls to stay safe
  • Robyn Steward, Consultant, Trainer, Researcher and Author
    12.40 - 13.30Lunch break 
    13.30 - 14.40Friendships and the struggle to fit in 
  • The pressure to be social and the struggle to fit in
  • Friendships: Initiating, maintaining, resolving conflict and how to stay safe
  • The importance of peer support, mentoring and role-models
  • Dr Catriona Stewart OBE, Co-Founder and Organisational Development Lead at SWAN: Scottish Women's Autism Network and Expert Advisor to the National Autism Project
    14.40 - 15.30What I wish someone had told me when I was growing up!
  • Reflection on the teen years from the perspective of an autistic woman
  • Tips on how to be kind to yourself
  • Jess Hendrickx, Autistic Trainer and Consultant
    15.30 - 15.40Closing remarks and end of day twoKate Laird, Webinar Manager at Autism Learns

    Content may be subject to change.

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    Sue Granger is Autism Advisor at West Berkshire Council, and Autism Support Specialist at Owl Therapy Centre

    Sue is an experienced trainer with extensive experience working with autistic children and adults in a variety of settings, including mainstream and special needs schools. She has a strong educational background in cognitive science and special educational needs to doctorate level and is highly experienced in working alongside school leadership teams, in multi-disciplinary teams and with parents and carers. Sue has a special interest in supporting mental health and wellbeing, particularly in autistic girls.

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    Lynne Moxon is an Educational Psychologist who works as a consultant for ESPA a specialist service for autistic adults. She has just retired from her post as a senior lecturer at Northumbria University but continues to lecture on the Masters in Autism course.

    Lynne trains nationally and internationally in the field of autism specialising in sex and relationship education. She is currently preparing a distance learning course on SRE for Birmingham University.

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    Robyn Steward is autistic and has been delivering training internationally for over 15 years. Robyn has also had three books published covering safety, periods and self employment. She is co-host of the BBC sounds podcast “1800 Seconds on Autism”.

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    Catriona Stewart OBE co-founded SWAN: Scottish Women’s Autism Network in 2012, after completing her PhD research which focussed on the experiences of anxiety for autistic girls. SWAN volunteers run peer-support forums and regular “meet-up” groups across Scotland, including for “Young Swans” aged 14 – 17. SWAN has delivered ground breaking Learning Event conferences and offers training and professional support across sectors.

    Catriona developed the Scottish Autism/SWAN partnership project –  the Right Click programme, to provide online resources for autistic women and girls (accessed through the Scottish Autism website).

    SWAN, with funding from Scottish Government, initiated a one year pilot programme called Under Our Wing, to evidence the impact of peer mentoring. Theyt are currently delivering an ongoing Employment Project, coaching and mentoring autistic women in their work contexts, and giving training to employers and colleagues.

    Catriona has acted as advisor to a range of formal reviews, including the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, Scotland, in relation to Autism and Learning Disability, completed Dec 2019, as well as the Scottish Government #DifferentMinds Campaign, launched in October 2020. Since the start of the COVID crisis, she has been a member of the Human Rights-focused Independent Advisory Group to the Scottish Police Authority.

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    Jess Hendrickx supports autistic people to build self-awareness, identify their goals, and, together with her, take small, manageable steps towards them. She has had great success helping autistic individuals gain control of their lives. Jess has experience of helping late diagnosed autistic adults come to terms with their diagnosis, focusing on their concerns and mentoring them to be able to accept themselves for who they are. She can also educate non-autistic family members on what a diagnosis of autism can mean for their relatives and provide more information on what being autistic is really like.

    Jess has a clinical diagnosis of autism and dyslexia. She has two children, so understands how being autistic can affect pregnancy and motherhood, in both a positive and negative way. She is the daughter of Sarah Hendrickx (www.asperger-training.com) and therefore understands the experience of having an autistic parent.

    Timings

    DayTimes
    Sat 27th March 202110am - 3.40pm

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket TypePrice
    Parent/Family Carer£29.99
    Professional£49.99
    Professional Groups (10 tickets or more)£44.99

    •This is the price for the whole two day series and includes 30 day access to recordings of all webinars
    •Booking fees apply: £2.93 for parent/family carers, £4.49 for professionals, £4.09 for professional groups and £4.09 for professional groups

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

    In order to watch the webinar, you will need the following:

    • A computer, tablet or smartphone with working speakers (a computer is preferable to better view the presentations, participate in live polls and chat with other attendees if you wish)
    • An internet connection with a good speed

    Simply click on the link we send you to join the webinar. If you do not already have Zoom downloaded on your device, you will be prompted to download the free software and set up an account – this should only take two minutes to complete.

    Please try and join the webinar a few minutes early in order to allow time for the Zoom download if necessary, and to be ready for the first session.

    Alternatively you may wish to watch the webinars when it’s most convenient to you. If so, we will email you details on how to access video recordings of all webinars in the series, the week following the event. You will have 30 days to watch them.

    If you don’t receive a booking confirmation or joining email from us, or generally have difficulties logging into the webinars, please contact us at info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Ticket holders will gain 30 day access (until 30th April 2021) to video recordings of all webinars in the series, plus speaker presentation slides and Q&A transcripts, by CLICKING HERE and entering the password provided by us the week following this event.

    Professional ticket holders will also receive a CPD Certificate of Attendance by email.

    Book the series now for just £29.99 for parents and family carers, and £49.99 for professionals. Content is CPD certified. Price includes 30 day access to recordings of all the webinars in the series.