​​​​​​​​                                                                         AUTISM IN THE FAMILY

                                NAS Surrey Branch Conference 2018 - Saturday 29th September 2018

                                                                   University of Surrey,  Guildford 



                                                                             Speaker  biographies


ANNA KENNEDY OBE was awarded the International Humanitarian Award 2016 by IARA (International Achievement Recognition Awards).  Previously, amongst many other awards, she was given an OBE in 2012 and was also winner of Tesco Mum of the Year 2013 for her work supporting children and young people with Autism.

In 2008 Anna co-authored her biography “Not Stupid” which portrayed her struggle to find appropriate provision for her boys – a familiar story. In 2013   Anna received an Honorary Doctorate in Professional Achievement from Teeside University.


Originally from Middlesbrough, Anna and Sean Kennedy are parents of two boys, Patrick and Angelo, who are both affected by autism. In 1999, having been turned away by no fewer than 26 special needs schools when searching for appropriate educational facilities for their sons. Anna set up Hillingdon Manor School – the largest school in Europe for children and young people with autism, and supports over 50,000 parents of children with autism through her website. Anna has also set up a school in Bromley for children with ASD
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Anna has her own TV slot on Sky TV’s The Chrissy B show,  on subjects such as disability and the work of her charity. She is also in high demand as a guest speaker at conferences, educational establishments, blue-chip companies and in the media.

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Dr JOSHUA MUGGLETON  is a Clinical Psychologist with autism. Josh previously attended mainstream school without support, where he struggled to engage academically and socially, and suffered from bullying and teachers lack of understanding. He was diagnosed at age 15 after attending CAMHS for mental health difficulties, shortly after which he dropped out of school. After studying at home for a year, he attended a specialist residential college for people with autism.


After completing his A-Levels, Josh attended the University of St Andrews where he wrote his book Raising Martians, published his first paper, and earned a first class honours degree in Psychology. He completed his Masters by Research in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham where he won a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Scholarship to study Autism Adapted CBT. After earning his Masters, he worked as an Assistant Psychologist to Dr Louise Connor before using his scholarship to study Autism adapted CBT in Australia for 8 weeks in the Minds and Hearts Clinic in Australia under Prof Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett. On returning to the UK he began his training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in Developmental Disorders and Paediatrics. His thesis focused on gender differences in Autism presentation and diagnosis. Josh completed his clinical training in 2017, and now works with children with autism and learning disabilities in Scotland.


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MAXINE ASTON is a BACP accredited counsellor and has an MSc in Health Psychology. Maxine is also qualified as a supervisor and a teacher in Adult Education. Maxine runs her own Counselling Centre where she specialises in working with individuals, couples and families affected by Asperger syndrome, she has specialised in this area since 1998. Maxine has been running workshops both in Scotland and England for twenty years. In addition, Maxine’s workshops, for partners that live with a person with Asperger syndrome, have been highly successful and attended by participants from all over the world.

Maxine is the author of four books, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers:-
'The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome (ASD)' Second Edition (2013):
‘What Men with Asperger syndrome want to know about Dating, Women and Relationships’ (2012):
‘The Asperger Couples Workbook for Couples and Counsellors alike’(2008):
 ‘Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs’. (2003):

Journal Papers by Maxine Aston
Asperger Syndrome in the Bedroom, ‘Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice’ 27(1) 73-79.  (2012)
Recognising AS and its Implications for Therapy. BACP information sheet G9. Lutterworth: BACP   (2007)
‘Growing up in an Asperger family.’ Counselling Children and Young People. (Summer 2005)
‘Asperger syndrome in the counselling room.’ Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal 14,  (2003)


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CLARE TRUMAN has been teaching for ten years and specialising in autism education for seven.  She is currently completing a PhD at UCL entitled "Understanding the Support Needs of Children with Autism who Display Extreme Demand Avoidance". Both in teaching and research her main interest is supporting those children whose complex autism makes it difficult to access school and in January 2017 she founded Spectrum Space, a not for profit, community interest company providing personalised education programmes for children and young people aged between eight and nineteen years old with complex social communication needs and/or autism spectrum disorders who find it difficult to access school-based learning.

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ROS POOL began teaching at Linden Bridge School for ASD children in 1995. Following this, her two nephews were diagnosed with severe ASD. Then her own son was diagnosed with high functioning ASD. He was fortunate enough to attend regular social skills groups with a speech and language therapist throughout primary school, which undoubtedly helped him to stay in mainstream. The amazing parents she met while they waited for their children are the people who got her through those years with her sanity and sense of humour intact!   In 2006 she began working for the Linden Bridge Primary Outreach service and later joined the Abbey School Secondary ASD outreach service as a part time advisory teacher. She is now the Head of Centre at the NAS Cullum Centre at Salesian School in Chertsey, which.  provides educational places within a mainstream school in a specialist resource base for pupils aged 11-16 with autism who would otherwise find it difficult to access a mainstream education.


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ADELE GRANDON has over 25 years experience working with people with disabilities including 12 years working specifically with adults with autism and learning disabilities.  She was the manager of West Middlesex College, an independent specialist college for adults with autism, before moving on to work for the Jigsaw Trust.  During her 9 years with Jigsaw she helped develop and run Jigsaw+, a lifelong learning provision for adults with autism.  Adele currently works as a Registered Locality Manager with Priory Adult Care developing supported living services in Surrey.   She is also a graduate of the Open University with a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care, a PROACT-SCIPr-UK instructor and a Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Act trainer.

Outside of work, Adele supports her 22 year old son, Connor, who has autism, severe learning difficulties and epilepsy.  Shortly before his third birthday, Adele began an intensive ABA home programme which continued for almost four years before Connor started attending the Jigsaw CABAS® School.  Connor now attends Jigsaw+, the day provision that Adele helped develop.

When not doing all of that Adele particularly enjoys sleeping! If she manages her time really well, she also can be found puffing her way up and down a Surrey hill or two, or singing with Cranleigh Choral Society.


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KATE BALL’s interest in special educational needs began growing up as a sibling of a sister with Down's syndrome and many traits of autism. . After completing a degree in psychology Kate worked in a variety of mainstream and special needs settings as a classroom assistant (including 'the little group’), before deciding to become a teacher. As a teacher, Kate worked in mainstream primary schools always having a passion for her learners with SEN especially autism. Kate then decided to embark on a career at Freemantles school and taught for a number of years in the primary department before moving out of the classroom to lead their outreach team. Kate is now Deputy Headteacher at Freemantles and leads on behaviour across the whole school.


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