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 last year’s highlights included talks from Nigel Thompson, Head of Inspections – Children’s Health and Justice at the Care Quality Commission; Dr Olga Bogdashina, Co-founder, Programme Leader and Lecturer at the UK branch of the International Autism Institute; Freddie Adu, Headteacher at Queensmill School; Lauri Love, Computer Scientist, Political Activist and Autistic Individual; and Actors Travis Smith and Lucy Gaskell from BBC’s The A Word.

This year’s programme will be announced in March. In the meantime you can view the full 2018 programme by clicking on the date tabs below.

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 - 12.10What Should Schools be Doing to Support the Mental Health of Autistic Students: The CQC New RecommendationsNigel Thompson, Head of Inspections - Children’s Health and Justice at the Care Quality Commission
12.20 - 13.10Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Classroom – How to Recognise the Signs in Autistic Students and Strategies to HelpFreddy Adu, Headteacher at Queensmill School
13.20 - 14.00Meeting the Needs of Pupils with Autism and Learning Difficulties in Mainstream SchoolsDr Rona Tutt, OBE, Independent Consultant
14.10 - 14.50Developing Social Skills Successfully at School and at HomeKate Nixon, Lead Resource Centre Manager at The National Autistic Society
15.00 - 15.50How Sensory Difficulties can Impact on Behaviour and How to HelpDr Olga Bogdashina, Co-founder, Programme Leader and Lecturer at the UK branch of the International Autism Institute
16.00 - 16.45Cybercrime and Autism: My StoryLauri Love, Computer Scientist, Political Activist and Autistic Individual
TimeTitleSpeaker
10.45 - 11.25Updates 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
11.35 - 12.15Recognising the Signs of Anxiety and Mental Health Issues in Teens and Strategies to HelpPam Breslin, Manager of ASSIST (Autism Spectrum Service for Information, Support and Training) and CAN (Children with Additional Needs) Network
Co-ordinator at Wokingham Borough Council
12.25 - 13.15Communicating with Autistic People who find Language Difficult Using Intensive Interaction Dave Hewett, Director of the Intensive Interaction Institute
13.25 - 14.00Supporting Autistic Children with Transition into Primary and from Primary to Secondary SchoolFreddy Adu, Headteacher at Queensmill School
14.10 - 14.50Playing to your Strengths, not Focussing on Perceived WeaknessesInterview with Travis Smith, Actor, Singer and Autism Advocate, and Lucy Gaskell, Actor, from BBC's The A Word
15.00 - 15.50Challenging Behaviour in Young Autistic Children: Identifying and Preventing TriggersNatalie Ellison, Licensed EarlyBird Trainer and Early Years Autism Specialist at Lanterns Nursery and Children's Centre

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