Why and How conference 2017

Saturday 18th March 2017
10am — 6pm

The Royal Academy of Arts are holding their annual Why and How conference. This year it will be about Engaging children with special educational needs in creative experiences and making art.

This conference will provide a space for attendees to consider approaches and develop ideas around the nature and value of cultural and artistic engagement for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

It will be a day of talks, workshops, networking and discussion sessions to explore, stretch and question creative approaches to engaging children with SEND with particular focus given to this year’s key themes, mental health and well being, autism, evaluation/legacy.

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We’re thrilled to be involved  and we’re looking forward to learning and sharing ideas on the day!

Participate in research by the Autism Research Centre

The aim of the ARC is to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention.

They are currently interested in recruiting additional participants for their research database.
Registration is completed online and those who choose to sign up will have access to many different studies both online and in person. They are looking for adults (over 16 years old) diagnosed with autism spectrum conditions or parents of children (under 16 years old) with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.

Additional information

Source NAS Cambridge

‘The Big Shout’ Conference

Girls on the Autism Spectrum Conference
Organised by the NAHT

Friday 27th January 2017 at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London

This conference aims to
  • provide an update on the work of the Girls with Autism forum
  • gain an insight from the perspective of girls on the Autism Spectrum
  • share effective practice emerging in the field
  • prepare a ‘Call for Action’ that highlights future areas for development
Who should attend

School leaders and SENCOs from Primary, Secondary and Special schools and academies; clinical and educational psychologists; neuroscientists, health professionals, including speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and CAMHS teams; LA officers with responsibility for SEND/ ASD and those working in social care; parents, carers and adults with autism. Health contacts, LGA named links for clinical leads.

Event website

Late diagnosis and misdiagnosis of women and girls with Aspergers

Late diagnosis and misdiagnosis of women and girls with Asperger Syndrome has been receiving more publicity in recent years but the data is scattered and limited resources mean that some women don’t get the support they need. Jane, a Woman’s Hour listener, got in touch and is joined by Dr Judith Gould, an expert in autism spectrum disorder.

From BBC’s Radio 4’s Women’s Hour
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