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.

Just some of this year’s highlights include talks from Melanie Sykes, Broadcaster and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Frank magazine; Dr Carrie Grant MBE, BAFTA award-winning broadcaster; Dr Sebastian Gaigg, Deputy Head of Department in the Autism Research Group at City, University of London; Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health at UCL, and Senior Research Associate and Autism Workforce Trainer Lead at the Anna Freud Centre; and Dr Judy Eaton, Clinical Psychologist and Research Associate at Kings College, London.

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 - 11.10An extraordinary 60 years... let's make the next 60 countDr Steve Ladyman, Chair of the National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00Anxiety in autism: how common is it, what causes it, and what strategies might help to manage and reduce it?Dr Sebastian Gaigg, Deputy Head of Department in the Autism Research Group at City, University of London
12.10 - 12.50Autism and masking: how and why people do it, and the impact it can haveHelen Ellis, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator at the National Autistic Society
13.00 - 13.40Raising aspirations, changing thinking: improving inclusion for autistic students in mainstream schoolsAlex Russell, CEO of Bourne Education Trust, and Mary Rome, Headteacher of Philip Southcote School
13.50 - 14.30Experiences of autism as a parent and as a late diagnosed person: a conversation with Melanie SykesMelanie Sykes, Broadcaster and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Frank Magazine, and Harry Thompson, Autistic and PDA Writer, Public Speaker, Educator, Self-Advocate, and Consultant
14.40 - 15.15Understanding sensory processing and the sensory challenges learning environments presentLaura Graham, Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration
15.20 -15.55Steps to encourage inclusion and avoid the exclusion of autistic children and young people
Andy Cutting, Education Rights Lead at the National Autistic Society, and
Dean Da Conceicao, Programme Manager at the Autism Education Trust
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.10An extraordinary 60 years... let's make the next 60 countPeter Watt, Managing Director of National Programmes at the National Autistic Society
11.20 - 12.00Championing your autistic teen at senior school: a collaborative approach between parents and schools
Debby Elley, Co-Founder of AuKids Magazine and Gareth D Morewood, Educational Advisor to Studio III and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester
12.10 - 12.50Getting past survival mode - shapeshifter parenting, being seen and heard and finding ourselves againDr Carrie Grant MBE, BAFTA Award-Winning Broadcaster
13.00 - 13.40Why race and ethnicity matters when supporting autistic individuals and their familiesReena Anand, Writer and Speaker on Autism in BAME Communities
13.50 - 14.30Sensory trauma: autism, sensory difference and the daily experience of fearEmma Reardon, Director of Autism Wellbeing, and Dr Rorie Fulton, Founding Director of Autism Wellbeing
14.40 - 15.15Family mental health and siblings' experiences, needs and wellbeing Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health at UCL, and Senior Research Associate and Autism Workforce Trainer Lead at the Anna Freud Centre
15.20 - 15.55Navigating the CAMHS minefieldDr Judy Eaton, Clinical Psychologist and Research Associate at Kings College, London

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