This conference is about different aspects of having someone in the family who is on the autistic spectrum. It will cover being autistic yourself, having a child, grandchild, sibling or spouse/partner with autism, “letting go” when the young person moves into adult services and how professionals can best work with individuals and families. Our speakers all work in the field of autism, and also have a personal connection to autism.
AUTISM IN THE FAMILY
NAS Surrey Branch Conference, Saturday 29th September 2018 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
University of Surrey, Guildford
A conference for parents and other family members, people with autism, and the professionals who work with them.
The speakers are:
ANNA KENNEDY O.B.E.,
Campaigner and founder of Hillingdon Manor School
Dr. JOSHUA MUGGLETON
Autism specialist teacher
Head of NAS Cullum Centre, Salesian School
Locality manager, adult social care provider
Deputy head, Freemantles School
Click here for Speaker Biographies. For information on topics, please see below.
MORNING KEYNOTE SESSIONS
Anna Kennedy O.B.E. - Parenting children with autism
Anna is the mother of 2 sons with autism who are now adults. In 1999, after her sons had been turned away by 26 schools, she set up her own special school, Hillingdon Manor, for pupils with autism, and she has since set up a second school and a college for students with autism. She has written a book about her experiences, called Not Stupid, and she will talk about how autism has affected her family and what advice she would give other parents and professionals.
Dr Joshua Muggleton - Growing up with autism and how professionals can help.
Joshua is a clinical psychologist working with children with autism and learning disabilities. He has autism himself and also has three siblings on the autistic spectrum. He is the author of “Raising Martians – from crash landing to leaving home: how to help a child with Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism”. Joshua will talk about his experience of having autism and growing up in a family of 4 autistic children, and he will also speak as a psychologist about how professionals, parents and other family members can help people with autism.
Attendees can choose 2 different talks to attend from a choice of five. The topics will be:
Strategies for successful relationships where a partner has autism.
Speaker: Maxine Aston, relationship counsellor and author of 4 books about relationships on the autism spectrum including “The Other Half of Asperger syndrome (ASD)”. Maxine has personal experience of living with a partner with Asperger Syndrome.
Supporting siblings of children and young people with autism.
Speaker: Clare Truman, specialist autism teacher, Founder of Spectrum Space and sister of a young man with autism.
School and home – parents, families and school staff working together.
Speaker: Ros Pool, Head of NAS Cullum Centre, Salesian School, Chertsey. Parent and grandparent of people with autism.
Transition to adult services: Young people moving on and parents letting go - what parents and professionals need to know.
Speaker: Adele Grandon, Locality Manager with independent adult social care provider developing supported living services in Surrey and parent of a young adult with autism. There will also be a speaker from Surrey County Council’s Transition Team.
Managing behaviour of children and young people with autism.
Speaker: Kate Ball, Deputy Head, Freemantles School
Places must be booked in advance. To reserve your place, go to our Eventbrite booking page by clicking here.
Early booking before 31st July: Parents/family carers, and people with autism are asked for £35* each,
Professionals £65* each
Professionals group discount: 5 or more places - £60 each.
From 1st August it will be £40* for parents/carers and people with autism and £70* for professionals
*suggested donation. Please contact us if you have difficulty meeting the cost.
Coffee, tea and lunch included. Information stands and book stall available.
For a paper booking form or for any enquiries, contact Sara Truman at email@example.com or tel: 07423 435413.
Booking closes 24th September 2018.
Terms & Conditions: Cancellations refunded up to 30th August less £5 administration charge.
We reserve the right to change speakers or content due to unforeseen circumstances.
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