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Attwood & Garnett on Autism & Asperger’s – 2 Day Event

Autism is now a clinical priority for the NHS – are you and your team prepared?

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th January 2019

Feedback for Prof Tony Attwood at our event in May 2018:
“Highly knowledgeable, passionate and empathetic speaker – so inspiring”
“Outstanding! One of the best speakers that I’ve ever heard”
“Brilliant, entertaining, knowledgeable, very informative, giving huge insight into ASC”

Professor Tony Attwood – World Renowned Author of
‘The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome’

Dr Michelle Garnett – Founder and Director of
Minds & Hearts Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Clinic

Who gets missed from diagnosis?
by Ann Memmott,
#ActuallyAutistic, Senior Trainer & Consultant, Autism Oxford UK

The Gordian Knot
by Richard Maguire,
#ActuallyAutistic, Senior Trainer & Consultant, Autism Oxford UK

Autism Oxford UK’s
Highly Acclaimed Autistic Training Team

NAS Professional Awards Finalist 2014 & 2015, Winner 2016

“Ask the Experts” extended Q&A session on both days,
facilitated by Jonas Torrance, Therapy & Movement Psychotherapist and author of ‘Therapeutic Adventures with Autistic Children’

Chaired by: Professor Geoff Bird PhD
Dept of Experimental Psychology and Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Prof Bird will discuss his research into Autism & Empathy

Day 1: Could this be Autism? Differentiating Autism from other Conditions
Day 2: Anxiety, Empathy, Emotional Distress & Finding Closure (from hurtful experiences)


Date: Thu, 10th January 2019
Time: 8.45am for 9.00 – 4.00pm
Venue:

The Kings Centre
Oxford
OX2 0ES

Booking Rates: Professionals: 2 Days £354 (£295 plus vat); 1 Day £234 (£195 plus vat). ASC & Family members: 2 Days £294 (£245 plus vat); 1 Day £198 (£165 plus vat). Concessionary Rate: 2 days: £234 (£195 plus vat); 1 day: £156 (£130 plus vat)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
Please request an Attendance Certificate for each day as a record of CPD

Further Information

The government has made Autism a clinical priority for the NHS for the next 10 years.  Staff working in Social Care, Support Services, Education, Community and Criminal Justice Services as well as the NHS are realising that we need to understand more about autism. We need to adjust our working practices and environments to work effectively with autistic people of all ages.  Without appropriate adjustments, we risk continuing to exclude autistic people from the services we provide.

Almost 300 people attended our ‘Attwood on Autism’ conference in May 2018.  They witnessed Prof. Attwood demonstrating a ‘live’ diagnostic interview with a female, namely Susan Ward Davis, member of our Autistic Training Team. 

In response, there was a huge number of questions from the audience which we did not have time to address, on such topics as: Screening & Diagnostic tools and their suitability in the light of current understanding of autism, especially for girls and women; ‘Undiagnosing’ autism; Diagnosing autism and hearing impairment, ethnic minorities, trauma, schizophrenia, Downs syndrome, BPD, other PDs, ED,  OCD, PDA; Male and Female autistic presentations – is there an Overlap?; Explaining a diagnosis of Autism…

Many more questions were about Anxiety; Empathy; Processing of negative emotions; Finding closure after hurtful experiences such as something unfair or a relationship breakdown (rather than getting ‘stuck in a spiral of negative thoughts’); Sleep problems; self-harm; CBT, ABA, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Adapting therapies for autistic people; Bullying and developing emotional resilience; Being ‘in character’ as someone else; How much time on ‘special interests’ is ok and how much is overdoing it?

This event will attempt to answer many of those questions, and more. In addition to presentations by Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett:

Guest Speakers

Professor Tony Attwood
World Renowned Author of
‘The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome’

Dr Michelle Garnett
Founder and Director, Minds & Hearts Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Clinic

Ann Memmott
A look at the wide variety of autistic people who may be missed from diagnosis, because of misunderstandings around diversity. This will include people of colour,  females, extraverts, those with mental health conditions, those with learning disabilities, older people, and people in the LGBT+ communities.

Richard Maguire
The Gordian Knot is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem, solved easily by finding a loophole or thinking creatively. It is quite common for Autistic children & adults to struggle in dealing with the emotions resulting from negative thoughts and experiences. Using examples from his 30 years’ experience in the field, Richard will discuss how to help autistic children & adults find a way out of ‘stuckness’; to move on with their lives.

Professor Geoff Bird PhD
From the Dept of Experimental Psychology and Brasenose College, University of Oxford will discuss his research into Autism and Empathy:

The Emotional Symptoms of Autism
Despite the general view that autistic individuals lack empathy, don’t recognise others’ emotions, and cannot do moral reasoning, there are many individuals with autism who dispute these claims. Prof Bird will present research from his lab over the last 10 years that supports the view that empathy, moral reasoning and good emotion recognition can be found in many individuals with autism.  See here for papers by Professor Bird: https://sites.google.com/site/geoffbirdlab/papers

Autism Oxford UK’s Highly Acclaimed Autistic Training Team will give their professional and personal perspectives on some of the above topics.

This event will be of great interest and usefulness to everyone working and living with autism




How To Book

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    Autism Oxford
    Sanderum House,
    38 Oakley Road,
    Chinnor,
    Oxfordshire
    OX39 4TW
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