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Attwood & Garnett on Asperger’s & Autism ~ (two days)

Event supported by Witherslack Group Chaired by Professor Charles Newton

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Day 1: Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Suicidality:
            Exploring & Managing Emotions
Day 2: Friendships, Relationships & Sexuality

Also featuring

Autism Oxford’s Highly Acclaimed Autistic Training Team
National Autistic Society Professional Award Winner 2016

Richard Maguire
Missing Social Information: Enabling Adults to Fill in the Gaps
Ann Memmott
Relationship, Sexuality and Gender Issues in Autistic People
Catherine Green
Loneliness: how Autistic People can be affected and what may Help
Tilus Clark
Mental Health Issues in Adulthood and reflections on Prevention
James Hoodless & Chris Memmott
Friendships and Relationships in the Autistic World

Autism: Mental Health Issues and Recovery
Autism Oxford UK’s Autistic Team’s Training Films

A set of 3 DVDs:
1 - Aspects of Autism
2 - Adapting Therapeutic Skills for Autism
3 - Working with Autistic Inpatients
For Counsellors, Therapists and Mental Health Professionals in Out and Inpatient Settings
Special Conference Rates will Apply

Date: Thu, 14th April 2016
Time: 8.45am for 09.30am – 4.30pm

The Kings Centre
Osney Mead

Booking Rates: Professionals: 2 Days: £348 (£290 plus VAT) 1 Day: £228 (£190 plus VAT). ASC & Family members: 2 Days: £288 (£240 plus VAT) 1 Day: £187.20 (£156 plus VAT). Concessionary Rate: 2 Days: £228 (£190 plus VAT) 1 Day: £150 (£125 plus VAT) Group Discount: 20% off for groups of 5 or more professionals

also featuring

Autism Oxford UK’s Highly Acclaimed Autistic Training Team

NAS Professional Award Winner 2016

Day 1: Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Suicidality:
            Exploring & Managing Emotions

Day 2: Friendships, Relationships & Sexuality

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

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

Event Information

DAY 1: Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Suicidality: Exploring and Managing Emotions

Research has shown that Children, Young People and Adults on the autism spectrum are more likely to experience mental health problems.  Our Speakers will explore common issues and what may help.  Children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty with the understanding, expression and regulation of emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression and subsequent effects on family, teachers, friends and peers.

Conventional strategies that encourage emotion management for typical children and adults do not seem to be as effective with those on the Autism Spectrum Levels 1, 2 or 3.  The individual’s quality of life, self-esteem and well-being will be influenced by their ability to manage emotions and difficulties with emotion management can lead to being suspended and having a notoriety that will affect the attitude of professionals and peers as well as the attitude of the person to themselves. Through several decades of working with children, adolescents and adults with autism and their families, schools and other professionals, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting children, young people and adults with autism to learn about, and manage their emotions including anger, anxiety and depression.

What participants will learn:
• Why children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum have emotion management difficulties
• How anxiety presents behaviourally for a child, adolescent or adult on the autism spectrum
• How to manage intense anger and anxiety
• How to deal with challenging behaviour caused by experiencing a range of intense emotions
• Strategies to assist a child, adolescent or adult with autism to overcome depression and suicidality
• Insider perspectives on Loneliness, Mental Health Issues and what may help: Reflections on problems and solutions by Autistic Adults

Day 2: Friendships, Sexuality and Relationships

Social and Personal relationships can often be difficult, exhausting and confusing for many on the autism spectrum, whilst most neuro-typical people find them fun, relaxing and enjoyable. If you work or live with a child, teenager or adult on the autism spectrum, you will recognise the difficulties they have with getting along with people, making friends and keeping all kinds of relationships going.  This is an obvious obstacle to not only their happiness but also their ability to make progress in life, to fulfil their ambitions and hopes. In many cases, it is a barrier to them learning at school and to employment, earning a living, and having an ordinary life.  This often results in withdrawal from the world which seems so alien to them.  Children at primary and secondary school can struggle to start and maintain friendships which can cause additional struggles such as self-doubt, low self-esteem, loneliness, bullying and/or depression. These difficulties can often persist in adulthood.  Nevertheless the development of just one good friendship can provide protection against these problems.

Today’s presentations will assist participants to put in place effective strategies in the home and school settings to teach children with autism Level 1 (formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome (AS)) how to develop and maintain friendships.  The presentation will then move beyond friendship to describe ways to assist adolescents and adults to approach relationships with the goal of gaining a partner.  In addition, a new programme for relationship counselling where a partner has the characteristics of AS will be described.

What participants will learn:
• Normative developmental levels of friendship through primary and secondary school
• How to intervene at each level to assist the child or young person with AS to develop and maintain friendships
• What to do as a parent, teacher and/or other professional to support a child or young person with AS in their friendship goals
• How to help an adolescent or adult who would like to find a relationship
• The sexual and relationship profile in AS
• The key features of a successful couples counselling programme where one partner has AS
• Insider perspectives on autistic friendships and how Autistic Adults can be enabled to learn the social information missed about friendships and relationships while growing up
• What current research tells us about autistic relationships, sexuality and gender issues, including LGTG (lesbian, gay and transgender) relationships

Guest Speakers

Professor Tony Attwood

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum conditions since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane.  His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages.  His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, was published in October 2006 and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome.  He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guildford Press.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences.  This will be his 4th appearance with Michelle for Autism Oxford UK.  Tony presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger’s syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.

He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger’s syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Condition. 

Dr Michelle Garnett

Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Director of ‘Minds & Hearts’, a psychology clinic that provides services specifically for Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism and related conditions.  Michelle has specialized in autism spectrum conditions for over 20 years, developing expertise in all subtypes of autism across all ages. Michelle created the first screening instrument for Asperger’s Syndrome, the Australian Scale for Asperger’s Syndrome (ASAS) in 1993. She obtained a PhD for her research into the connection between ASC and psychological health in 2007 from the University of Queensland, Australia. She provides training in ASC for postgraduate clinical students for four Australian Universities. Michelle has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and workshop events. This will be her 4th appearance with Tony for Autism Oxford UK.  Michelle is a workshop presenter for entry to the Medicare PDD Provider List in Australia.

Autism Oxford UK Speakers

Richard Maguire

Richard has worked with Autism Oxford UK since 2010, and is a senior member of our team.  A talented and gifted trainer, speaker, consultant and 1:1mentor, Richard worked for 29 years in the field of Health and Social Care, with people with learning disabilities and people on the autism spectrum.  He built up a reputation for being able to ‘tune in’ to the communication profiles and needs of those he worked with, and colleagues turned to him for advice. 

‘I dream in Autism’, Richard’s first book, was published to high acclaim in 2014, and was shortlisted for the People’s Book Award.  His perceptive and incredibly useful insights and tips were recognised by Professor Tony Attwood, resulting in 16 of Richard’s articles being included the book: “Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth”, edited by Professor Tony Attwood in 2014.

Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2010, and having a wife and teenaged son with Asperger’s, Richard is passionate about trying to ensure that others on the autism spectrum are enabled to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.  Richard is a very popular trainer and conference speaker, always receiving enthusiastic, appreciative feedback. 

Richard will talk about how he works with autistic young people and adults to enable them to learn what was missed in growing up without the usual social contacts, skills, knowledge and understanding.  There is a need to visit these things in adult life to learn underpinning understandings of how to relate to neuro-typical people.

Ann Memmott

Ann is a highly respected autistic speaker and consultant. She has been working in the autism field for 20 years, and has been a Senior Trainer and Consultant with Autism Oxford UK’s highly acclaimed Autistic Team since 2010.  She is Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, on the Autism Advisory Board, and Adviser to the BBC, the Royal Household Visitor Teams and many other prestigious organisations.

Although on the outside she gives the impression of being minimally affected by autism, Ann describes herself as “not at the ‘mild’ end” of the autism spectrum.  Indeed, she only learned to use language to communicate at the age of 10 years old.  She has an autistic husband and equally autistic adult son. 

As a child, Ann spent most of her time on her passionate interests of maps and horses,  causing her parents and teachers much concern.  As an adult, she used her expertise in these interests to establish her own successful business – a specialist commercial property consultancy. 

Ann has been researching issues around autism sexuality and gender for some years.  Debunking the myths, and looking at the realities, Ann will present research findings around autistic relationships, sexuality and gender issues, including LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) relationships.

Tilus Clark

Tilus is an enthusiastic speaker, originally from Wales. Being passionate, energetic and intelligent he found conforming to school routine hard.  He got labelled as ‘difficult’ and ‘challenging’.  His potential was not recognised. There was nowhere for him to get to grips with his desire to learn and pursue his passions in design, engineering and electronics. Bullying has been a constant in his life until recently.

Tilus’ friends and shared interests are important in helping him through life, their support giving him enough strength to keep going. He is working with Autism Oxford UK to connect with his inner talents and passion for life. He wants to communicate ‘the life of autism’.

Many autistic people have grown up experiencing feelings of being different and apart from others without understanding why.  These feelings can have particularly devastating effects during adolescence, causing mental health problems.  Drawing on his own experience, Tilus will outline some of the issues and argue the case for early diagnosis and appropriate support.

Catherine Green

Catherine is a highly accomplished Autism Oxford UK speaker with a talent for moving and powerful presentations. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 14, she has worked on a variety of different early intervention programmes for children with autism.  She co-founded a support group for young adults with Asperger’s in 2001. The group meets twice a month, and she is an active member.  She has worked with university students on the spectrum with the National Autistic Society, and now provides study skills support for university students with Dyslexia and Asperger’s.

Catherine graduated in Psychology, and studied Computer Usability, Communication Sciences and Dyslexia at Postgraduate Level. Throughout her studies, Catherine was particularly interested to learn about research in Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Given her educational, personal and professional background in Autism Spectrum Conditions, Catherine is passionate about integrating theory and practice.  She is highly motivated to raise awareness of life on the autism spectrum, especially the apparently more subtle, but equally profound, effects of Asperger’s syndrome on females.
Always a popular speaker at our events, Catherine has a talent for moving and powerful presentations.  This time, Catherine will speak about how loneliness often affects autistic people.  All humans have a hierarchy of needs.  If some of the needs for a happy and fulfilling life are unmet, mental health problems can result.  Exploring human needs, Catherine will draw on her experience of feeling alone and of making connections. 

James Hoodless

James is the youngest member of our team.  He is enthusiastic and has lots of potential for success in life.  Like most autistic people, he is sincere, honest and hard working.  He is extremely highly self-motivated to be employed, to feel useful and earn money.  Often expecting impossibly high standards of himself, James is very kind and tolerant of others.  He is a talented, insightful speaker with much to tell us.  James will talk to us about Asperger’s and Friendships.

Chris Memmott

Chris is a young adult on the autism spectrum, our newest team member.  He played national Rugby Union for some years as Prop Forward, and was a member of the teaching staff of a National Autistic Society school for two years.  He works with families needing respite care and specialist expertise.  His expertise in interpreting autistic communication and in settling anxious individuals is very well regarded. His natural talent for imparting his knowledge and expertise, often in a humorous manner, to others makes him a very accomplished speaker and trainer.  Chris will talk about Friendships and Relationships in an Autistic World.

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