Axcis were delighted to attend the National Autistic Society Autism and Mental Health Conference on Tuesday, 19th May 2015. This highly anticipated event was held in the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington. Susanna Gray, who attended the conference with Martin Keddie from our London office gives us the low-down on the day:
The aim of the conference was to help professionals understand the best practice in diagnosing and supporting mental health issues for children and adults with autism. This is an area that has not been explored in depth and many people were hoping for extra guidance and support on working with unpredictable and challenging young people or adults. Attendees ranged from parents, outreach workers and residential carers to school leadership teams.
Tony must have been exhausted, speaking for over three hours!
It was very evident that many delegates were anticipating the well-known speaker, Tony Attwood, who is a highly regarded Professor, Author and Clinical Psychologist. Tony must have been exhausted, speaking for over three hours, but the delegates were raving about his seminar which described methods and strategies to prevent the bullying of young people with autism. The conference also touched on the changes to the code of practice of the Mental Health act, which included updates from Michael Kennedy, Director and Barrister for the Mental Health and Court of Protection Departments.
A huge amount of very useful information and some fantastic refreshments – another successful NAS conference!. Delegates were left feeling satisfied, more informed and were very thankful to the NAS for their continued updates on a range of issues centered around autism.