Autism and Sensory Issues – Tuesday 5 December 2017

Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, Leicester



Welcome by the Chairpersons


Keynote presentation

An introduction to autism and sensory processing – what’s it got to do with everyday life, development, communication and behaviour?

- Explaining the characteristics and current theories relating to autism and sensory processing, including what causes sensory issues in autistic people.

- Identifying the different types of difficulties (including modulation disorder, discrimination disorder and motor planning disorders) and the behaviours associated with them.

- Describing how these can impact on development, communication and everyday life.

Dr Olga Bogdashina
Co-Founder, Programme Leader (Autism Courses) and Lecturer, International Autism Institute, KSPU and Visiting Lecturer in Autism Studies, ICEP Europe and Author


Refreshment break


What does it really feel like? Sensory issues from the autistic perspective

- Understanding what the different types of sensory issues feel like for the autistic individual

- How does this impact on daily life?

Paul Isaacs
Autistic Speaker, Trainer, Author & Consultant


Transition time


Stream A:

Stream B:

Stream C:
Complex needs




Making you and your classroom more autism friendly: reducing the sensory overload

- Understand how and the school environment can exacerbate sensory issue

- Examine the impact this can have on autistic student

- Learn what adaptations you can easily make to help overcome difficulties

Richard Maguire
Autistic Speaker and Consultant, Autism Live Training

Practical strategies to help adults cope with sensory challenges

- Understand how sensory issues can impact on relationships at work, home or ‘out and about’

- Creating a unique ‘sensory plan’ to help overcome difficulties

Diarmuid Heffernan
Autism Consultant, Lecturer and Author, ASC

Developing sensory diets for students with complex sensory issues – best practice approaches and considerations for OTs

- Using the right assessment tools

- Analysing results and setting appropriate treatment

- Working with teachers and parents to implement programmes successfully and monitor improvement

Corinna Laurie
Lead Occupational Therapist, The Helen Allison School




Practical sensory programmes for schools: helping students cope with sensory input

- Adaptions to lesson structure and organisation

- Sensory toys and equipment

- Communicating with pupils to understand their sensory life

- Understanding how school impacts on pupils’ sensory life and learning from them about what to change

Richard Maguire
Autistic Speaker and Consultant, Autism Live Training

Occupational therapy approaches to promote independence

- Exploring strategies to enable adults with ASC to self-regulate their sensory, motor processing and social communicational needs

- Self-help tools and technology for increasing independence and wellbeing

Sandra Gasson
Specialist Occupational Therapist, Autistic Spectrum Conditions Team, Kent County Council
Sue Eltringham
Occupational Therapist, Autistic Spectrum Conditions Team, Kent County Council

Case studies around complex scenarios with autistic adults

- Examine case studies where autistic adults have very complex needs

- Discuss practical strategies to put in place to help alleviate difficulties

Dr Olga Bogdashina


Refreshment break


Sensory challenges with eating – how can we help overcome these?

Dr Elizabeth Shea
Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Food Refusal Services


Synaesthesia and autism: a different way of experiencing the world

Paul Issacs
Autistic Speaker, Trainer, Author & Consultant

16.20pm  Closing remarks by the Chair
 Conference Ends

Dr Elizabeth Shea