The Autism Matters Theatre

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Hear the UK’s leading autism professionals, researchers and campaigners discussing the latest news and views on the condition in The Autism Matters Theatre in partnership with the National Autistic Society.

Just some of next year’s highlights include talks from Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society, Dr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health with post Doc research in sleep, and Lead Autism Trainer at Anna Freud Centre; Dr Prithvi Perepa, Lecturer in Autism Studies at University of Birmingham; and BAFTA award-winning broadcaster, vocal coach and advocate Dr Carrie Grant, and her actress daughter Talia Grant.

Sound is relayed to the audience through wireless headsets to reduce noise levels in the hall.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive as early as possible before the session you wish to attend to save disappointment.

TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.10Updates and initiatives: a round-up of current issues in autism research, policy and practiceCarol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00Reducing anxiety and improving mental health in autistic pupilsPete Wharmby, Autistic Teacher and Parent
12.10 - 12.45Managing change and transitions in educationDr Jacqui Shepherd, Lecturer in Education, and Director of Student Experience at University of Sussex
12.55 - 13.30“I struggle at school but I want to learn”: Providing a secure base and reducing barriers to learning Tessa Morton and Jane Gurnett, Founders of Act for Autism
13.40 - 14.20Improving the sensory environment for autistic pupilsAnna Hamlet, Occupational Therapist at National Autistic Society's The Anderson School
14.30 - 15.10Inclusive education for autistic children: Helping children and young people to learn and flourish in the classroomDr Rebecca Wood, Senior Lecturer in Special Education at University of East London
15.20 - 15.50Understanding distressed behaviour and minimising the triggers at schoolJustin Price, Headteacher at Freemantle School
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.10Updates and initiatives: a round-up of current issues in autism research, policy and practiceJane Harris, Director of External Affairs and Social Change at the National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00Ways to help children and young people cope with anxietyDr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Evelina London Children's Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
12.10 - 12.45Understanding the needs of children with multiple diagnosis - taking a holistic approachDr Prithvi Perepa, Lecturer in Autism Studies at University of Birmingham
12.55 - 13.30How social media can benefit autistic people Connor Ward, Autistic Speaker, Consultant and Vlogger; Dan Jones (The Aspie World) and Autistic YouTuber; Kevin Chapman, Autism Family YouTuber; and Holly Smith (Holly Vlogs), Autistic Entrepreneur and Vlogger
13.40 - 14.15Sleep and mental health in autism: Learning from autistic adolescentsDr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Senior Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health with post Doc research in sleep, and Lead Autism Trainer at Anna Freud Centre
14.25 - 15.00Managing change and transitions in educationDr Jacqui Shepherd, Lecturer in Education, and Director of Student Experience at University of Sussex
15.10 - 15.55Wonderful madness: bringing up four children with SEN and being the first autistic woman to appear in a UK dramaDr Carrie Grant, BAFTA award-winning broadcaster, vocal coach and advocate, and daughter Talia Grant, actress on Hollyoaks

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