23 May 2017, at the Hilton, Reading

9.30am

Welcome by the Chairpersons
Lorraine MacAlister
Autism and Training Consultant, The National Autistic Society
and
Rachel Townson
Online Training Development Manager, The National Autistic Society

9.45am

Keynote presentation

Exploring depression
Professor Tony Attwood
International Author, Clinical Psychologist and Consultant to Minds and Hearts Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Clinic, and Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Queensland

10.45am

Coping strategies for anxiety
Dr Wenn Lawson
Psychologist, Lecturer and Author

11.45am

Refreshment break
Book signing:
Wenn and Beatrice Lawson will be signing copies of their latest book ‘Transitioning together: ‘One couple's journey of gender and identity discovery’.  Please visit Jessica Kingsley Publishers exhibition stand to purchase your copy!

     

STREAM A:
Clinical

STREAM B:
Supporting children

STREAM C:
Well-being

12.20pm

Deliberate self-harm in children and adults with autism
Dr Khalid Karim
Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Leicester, The Greenwood Institute

Sarah Baines 
Specialist Nurse for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust

The Green-Eyed Goblin: what to do about jealousy and other strong emotions
K I Al-Ghani
SEN teacher, author and mother of a son with ASD

Promoting healthy self-esteem
Dr Wenn Lawson
Psychologist, Lecturer and Author

1.10pm

 

 1.40-1.55pm

Lunch
Book signing:
Kay and Haitham Al-Ghani will be signing copies of their books. Please visit Jessica Kingsley Publishers exhibition stand to purchase your copy!

Teen Life taster session:

Come and hear about The National Autistic Society's latest parent support programme, Teen Life. Teen Life will empower parents and supporting professionals to understand more about how autism is experienced by autistic teenagers. This is a unique chance to find out more about the programme.

2pm

Autism and psychosis
Professor Tony Attwood
International Author, Clinical Psychologist and Consultant to Minds and Hearts Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Clinic, and Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Queensland

ASC and mental health difficulties in children and young people: how speech and language therapy can help
Lucy Sanctuary
Independent Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist

Using mindfulness to help autistic adults cope with distress

Dr Annelies Spek
Clinical Psychologist, Autism Center of Expertise

2.50pm

Refreshment break

3.20pm

Catastrophising – why do we do it and how can we deal with it?
Professor Tony Attwood
International Author, Clinical Psychologist and Consultant to Minds and Hearts Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Clinic, and Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Queensland

4.20pm

Closing remarks by the chairs

4.30pm

Conference ends