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 this year’s highlights include talks from Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern, Presenters of Channel 4’s Are You Autistic?; Willard Wigan MBE, Internationally renowned micro artist; Prof Francesca Happé, Director of the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London; Prof Dido Green, Specialist Research Occupational Therapist at Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and Michael Barton, Author, Autism Speaker, Data Analyst and Musician.

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 - 11.05Updates 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
11.15 - 11.55Reducing anxiety and improving mental health in autistic children and young adultsDr Sue Granger, Autism Practice Facilitator (Schools) at the National Autistic Society
12.05 - 12.45Effective support for autistic children in mainstream schoolsSharonne Horlock, Strategic Leader at SEND
12.55 - 13.35Social and communication difficulties and interventions in a classroom settingKay Al-Ghani, Specialist Advisory Teacher, Inclusion Consultant, Autism Trainer and Author, and Joy Beaney, Autism Trainer, Consultant and Author
13.45 - 14.25Teaching strategies for autistic pupilsClare Henshaw, Autism Team Leader at Brent Council
14.35 - 15.15Supporting pupils with sensory difficultiesProf Dido Green, Specialist Research Occupational Therapist at Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
15.25 - 16.00Restoring positivity to the stressed classroom – an analytical approach to addressing challenging behavioursSue Stephens, Trainer and Consultant
16.10 - 16.50Women and girls on the autism spectrum; missed, mis-diagnosed, misunderstood and mistreatedProfessor Francesca Happé, Director of the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King's College London
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.30 - 11.05Updates 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
11.15 - 11.50Strategies for education, employment and happinessMichael Barton, Author, Autism Speaker, Data Analyst and Musician
12.00 - 12.40Supporting your autistic child through schoolJessie Hewitson, Author, and Journalist at The Times
12.50 - 13.30Small changes - making adjustments to deal with challenging behavioursSue Stephens, Trainer and Consultant
13.40 - 14.20Mental health strategies - positive effects of stimming, embracing special interests and removing the maskGeorgia Harper and Sam Ahern, Presenters of Channel 4's Are You Autistic?
14.30 - 15.05Building relationships and positive communication through video gamesKeith Stuart, Author and Journalist
15.15 - 15.50The inspiring personal story of the creator of the world's smallest handmade sculptures ever madeWillard Wigan MBE, Internationally renowned micro artist

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