Catatonia is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as 'a marked disturbance in the voluntary control of movements'.

For children and adults on the autism spectrum, it can be a severely disabling complication. Limited awareness and experience of catatonia and autism among professionals can mean a lack of early diagnosis, and autistic people missing out on appropriate treatment and management.

Delivered by Dr Amitta Shah, this masterclass is a short, focused training session to raise awareness and teach professionals about early identification, diagnosis and clinical management strategies of catatonic states and catatonia-like deterioration or shutdown in autistic people. 

Whether you work with children or adults on the autism spectrum in health care or education, this masterclass will be useful for you. 

Date and time: 3 November 2016, 10am-1pm
Venue: The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London EC1V 1NG
Cost: £120 + VAT

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What you'll learn

This masterclass will give you a good understanding of:

  • the concept of catatonia and its historical context
  • how catatonia relates to autism and manifests in people on the autism spectrum
  • screening for catatonia
  • how to put strategies in place to help the individual and their families
  • how to contribute to the care planning for the complex needs of autistic people who develop catatonia.

About Dr Amitta Shah

Dr Amitta Shah is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 35 years’ experience in working with children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Over the last 20 years, she developed an interest and expertise in the diagnosis and management of catatonia in autistic people, together with late Dr Lorna Wing.

Dr Shah is currently the only clinical psychologist providing specialist assessments for diagnosis and advice on autism and catatonia. She is consulted nationally and internationally to provide advice on this under-recognized and poorly understood condition. Dr Shah is keen to share her expertise, to train and empower other professionals, and to work with them to develop services and clinical strategies.  

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About our masterclasses

Our masterclasses are short, focused training sessions that look at a single, specialist topic in depth. They give you knowledge and tools that are hard to find elsewhere, and that you can apply straight away in your work. Our facilitators are experts in autism with a deep knowledge of the masterclass topic that's based on research, practice, or both. 

For more information about our training, please visit our website.