Social situations can often be very difficult for autistic people. There are so many confusing social rules that appear to be learnt instinctively by non-autistic people. These rules can often cause anxiety as they are generally unwritten and not talked about.

Most children learn social skills by watching their peers, experimenting in imitation and refining their skills as they go. Autistic children can find this difficult, and consequently seem to miss many opportunities to practice these skills. Social skills and social situations need to be broken down, explained and practiced so that autistic children can understand them. 

Many of us benefit from the closeness and mutual support that comes from having a network of relationships, be this with friends, romantic partners or colleagues. However, for autistic people, everyday conversation and social interaction can lead to misunderstandings, confusion or upset, negotiating the ‘minefield’ of social networks can be much harder and the support of professionals, parents and carers can be crucial. 

Featuring a range of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an opportunity to learn new strategies, share good practice and network. 

Take advantage of our early booking rate – register by Friday 20 October 2017.

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This event is a great opportunity to hear from and network with acknowledged experts in the field and to gain a wealth of knowledge, engage in debate and exchange new ideas. 

Attend to:

  • hear about the latest best practice from experts in the field
  • learn practical strategies for minimising anxiety in social situations
  • discover new ways to help support autistic people to build friendships and more intimate relationships
  • learn how to help autistic students develop social skills in the classroom
  • network with other professionals and experts in the field.

Who should attend?

  • Clinicians across the professional field, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, paediatricians, GPs and nurses
  • Directors/Service Managers/Team Leaders of CAMHS teams
  • Commissioners for services for people with autism
  • Social workers and support workers
  • Education professionals from mainstream schools, special schools and local authorities
  • Voluntary sector groups and not-for-profit organisations
  • Individuals with autism and their parents/carers
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