On the 19th May 2015, the National Autistic Society are hosting a conference on the subject of autism and mental health. It will be held at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London.
This conference will give you the tools and strategies you need to identify and provide targeted support for children and adults with an ASD who have mental health issues. The keynote presentation will look at the complex relationship between autism and mental health, discussing why differential diagnosis and treatment may be necessary in these cases. Register for your place today to take advantage of the early booking rate!
There are three different streams to choose from, so attendees can select the seminars that are most relevant to their daily work.
- The first stream will look at diagnostic challenges where there are overlapping or similar presentations, including self-injurious behaviour and OCD.
- The second stream will discuss how to adapt therapies and medication to make them appropriate for people with autism.
- The third stream will address how to support and help with mental health issues for young people in school environments, to prevent issues from reaching a crisis point.
Who is speaking?
There are a range of notable speakers giving talks at the event. These include Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Wenn
Lawson. Tony Attwood is well known for sharing his knowledge of Aspergers Syndrome. He has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Tony has written several publications on Asperger’s Syndrome. His book, titled Aspergers Syndrome, has now been translated into several languages. Tony operates his clinic two days a week and supports children and adults by visiting them at school and home. He also spends a large amount of time travelling nationally and internationally to present workshops and papers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see him while he is visiting the UK.
Dr Wenn Lawson is a psychologist, social worker, writer, poet and adult educator. Sharing her knowledge, understanding and experience of the autistic spectrum has been Wenn’s occupation over the past 15 years. Currently, as well as touring extensively to facilitate seminars on AS, Wenn is a tutor for the University of Birmingham’s Masters Autism course. To date Wenn has written many journal articles and books, varying from her autobiography to an everyday text on Autism and books about friendships & sexuality.
For further details on the speakers and timings of the day, see the full programme on the NAS website.
At the Axcis stand
On the Axcis stand, Susanna Gray and Martin Keddie from the Axcis London office will be on hand to discuss any specialist ASD or SEND staffing questions you might have. As experienced recruiters for many schools catering for students with autism, they understand the range of training and skills staff need to have to work effectively with children on the spectrum. So, if you need help to recruit a teacher or member of support staff, they’d be thrilled to chat with you about how Axcis can help. There are also sure to be a few good freebies to grab while you are at the stand!