The Autism Show, the national event for autism (including Asperger syndrome), has opened its online ticket office enabling visitors to book their tickets for June and save over 20 percent off the door price.

The show runs in London, Birmingham and Manchester, attracting over 10,000 parents, carers, professionals and autistic people. Visitors can choose from over 100 hours of talks, clinics and workshops plus hundreds of specialist products and services which can make an immediate difference to children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Speakers at the shows

The first speakers for The Autism Matters Theatre, in partnership with our charity, have also been announced. These include Lorraine Petersen, Education Consultant specialising in SEND and previously Chief Executive of NASEN, who will be speaking on best practice guidelines for true inclusion of autistic pupils; Dr Olga Bogdashina, Co-Founder, Programme Leader and Lecturer at the International Autism Institute, discussing how sensory difficulties can impact on behaviour and how to help; and actor Travis Smith, who plays Mark in the BBC's The A Word, talking about his own experiences of autism and how he has played to his strengths rather than his perceived weaknesses.

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Other confirmed speakers include Dr Rona Tutt OBE, SEND Consultant, writer, and former President of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT); Ella Tabb, Blogger, YouTuber and Autism Speaker; and Dr Dave Hewett, Consultant, Trainer and Director of the Intensive Interaction Institute.

Why attend the shows?

At its core, in every sense, The Autism Show is about offering practical help and support. Located in the centre of the show, the Hub Theatre 1 offers visitors the opportunity to listen to the direct experiences of adults on the spectrum. This year's topics will include Supporting Autistic Children and Young People with Transitions; Autism and 'Challenging Behaviour': Who is Challenging Who?; Establishing an Autism and Allies Network in the Workplace; and Hidden Hardships and Quirks of Asperger Syndrome.

Many of the autistic speakers from the Hub Theatre 1 will be available in the Autism Meets area after their session. Here they will be able to provide more detail on their presentations and answer specific questions.

Next door, the Hub Theatre 2 provides a huge variety of tips and strategies from experienced and specialist professionals. Listen to talks on making sense of self injury, improving sensory processing, how to find the right school, exploring the barriers to employment and developing early language and communication skills.

What else happens at the shows?

Wireless headphones are provided to visitors in all theatres and relevant features, to reduce sound levels in the venue, helping those with sensory processing difficulties.

Visitors wanting personalised advice, can book, onsite, a free 30 minute session with a clinician or advisor in a One to One Clinic. Subjects covered include managing challenging behaviour, independent advice on special educational needs, speech and language and occupational therapy.

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New this year, the art and music therapy workshops will offer visitors the chance to learn about the theory behind these therapies and then take part in some practical demonstrations – likely to prove particularly popular with families visiting on the Saturday of the show.

As is the case with the ever-popular Sensory Room, created by Mike Ayres Design and OM Interactive, which offers a fun and immersive sensory experience while showcasing the latest in sensory design and technology. Mike has also designed a Quiet Room for visitors who might need to find a calm space during their visit.

Meanwhile, the EHCP Help Centre, hosted by SOS!SEN, returns to provide parents, carers and professionals with information on the Education, Health and Care Plan process and how to navigate it successfully - whether going through the process for the first time, transferring from a Statement or approaching the 16+ and 18+ transitions.

Amongst all this content visitors can explore the exhibition and speak to the UK’s leading suppliers of learning tools, visual aids, sensory equipment, furniture, advice and support services, residential care, specialist schools and much more.

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