This event has now passed.  Email conference@mugsy.org for information.

An event for parents/carers, people with autistic spectrum conditions, professionals and others interested in autism and Asperger Syndrome.  It will explore the differences between males and females of all ages with autism, and look at which strategies best help women and girls on the spectrum.

DATE: Saturday 1st OCTOBER 2016 
TIME: 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
VENUE: Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Road, Leatherhead KT22 9BL 

If you are already booked to attend the event, you may find the pictures of the venue at the bottom of the page useful so that you know what to expect. 

Speakers include: 

Sarah Hendrickx - Autism consultant 
Developing social and personal relationships, from childhood friendships to complex adult interactions 

Dr Louise Connor - Clinical Psychologist 
Diagnostic assessment with women & girls 


  • Bettina Stott - Manager of NAS ASSIST service) on strategies and support for adults
  • Sarah Wild - Headteacher, Limpsfield Grange School,  and Liz Cooper - Asst Headteacher, Freemantles School,  on educating girls with autism
  • Marianne Scallon on her experience of having autism
  • An Open Forum with the opportunity for attendees to ask a panel of experts questions on anything relating to women or girls with autism.  The panel will include Dr. Louise Connor and Bettina Stott.

There will be Information stands and a bookstall.

Parents/carers/people with autism: £30*           Professionals (including care staff): £60*
*suggested minimum donations

(Please contact organisers if having difficulty meeting the cost) 

All places have now been sold.  To go on the waiting list for cancellations please email conference@mugsy.org   

For further information contact Sara Truman: email:  conference@mugsy.org Tel: 07989 – 315609.



  • Relevant issues when carrying out diagnostic assessment with women & girls. Speaker:  Dr Louise Connor 

Dr Louise Connor is a Consultant Chartered Clinical Psychologist.   Since completing her Clinical Psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1994, she has specialised in working with children and adolescents with Learning Disabilities and ASDs, as well as providing a service for children and adolescents with emotional or behavioural difficulties. She completed her Doctorate in 1997, focussing on diagnostic issues relevant to children with different developmental disorders. She worked as a member of a multidisciplinary assessment and diagnostic team as well as managing a team of Clinical Psychologists providing a service to children with special needs and their families for ten years. Her  work has extended, in recent years, to working with adolescents and adults with ASDs, and their families, specifically those with Asperger’s syndrome and High Functioning ASDs.

  • Developing social and personal relationships, from childhood friendships to complex adult interactions. Speaker:  Sarah Hendrickx  

Sarah Hendrickx was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 43 - after she had written several books on the subject. Autism in women is so invisible that Sarah did not recognise it in herself! Sarah speaks openly about her wide and varied life experiences in her talks as an autism speaker, including 30+ failed jobs, life-long mental health difficulties and numerous disastrous relationships - all of which she shares with humour and brutal honesty.

Sarah has extensive knowledge of Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Conditions and neuro-diversity from both professional and personal experience. She has worked in various roles, including Project Leader for the ASpire project in Brighton, an adult Asperger Syndrome mentoring project, as well as in Further Education as a Disability Support Tutor and in residential care. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome and an MA in Autism and now acts as an Associate Lecturer on the PGC in Asperger syndrome course.

  • Autism and me. Speaker:  Marianne Scallon   

Marianne Scallon is an adult with autism and co-chair of Surrey’s Autism Partnership Board.   She has been a trainer with the Smart Enterprise for the last 5 years. She wasn’t diagnosed with autism until she was 20, so she knows what it’s like to feel like an outsider, but not understand why. She explains how her autism affects her, the things she struggles with, the things she excels at and how other people can support her effectively.


After lunch there will be a choice of workshops, covering either children or adults.

  • ADULTS:  Strategies and support for day-to-day living. Speaker:   Bettina Stott

Bettina Stott has worked for The National Autistic Society since 2000 in a variety of jobs, ranging from Day Service Co-ordinator, Assist Psychologist to Resource Centre Manager. The latter involved building projects for individuals of all ages with ASC in the community who were not in receipt of any services. This included after-school clubs, youth clubs and the ASSIST service. She left her full-time job with the National Autistic Society in November 2010 but continues to work for the NAS on a part-time basis, managing and working at the ASSIST service. 

Bettina now works for West Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where she lead the Autism Spectrum Conditions Service, which provides screening, assessment and diagnosis to individuals over the age of 18 living in West Sussex. She holds postgraduate qualifications in Autism Spectrum Conditions and is co-author of the book "Exploring Bullying with Adults with Asperger's and Autism".

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  • CHILDREN:   Educating girls with autism. Speakers:  Sarah Wild and Liz Cooper

Sarah Wild is the Headteacher of Limpsfield Grange School in Surrey, a state-funded residential special school for girls with communication and interaction difficulties including autism.  She is interested in how autism impacts on and manifests in girls and women, and in raising awareness of how autism in girls can present differently to autism in boys. For this reason, the school participated in an ITV documentary called “Girls with Autism,” which was aired in July 2015. The students of Limpsfield Grange have also written a novel with author Vicky Martin called “M is for Autism” about their experiences of being autistic teenage girls.  Sarah is also interested in promoting and sustaining positive mental health and resilience in young people with special needs through education.   She has the privilege of being a Headteacher who works with a school full of curious, kind, compassionate teenage girls who will one day change the way we see the world; and a reflective and energetic staff team who have the capacity to teach her new things every day. 

 Liz Cooper is Assistant Head at Freemantles School- a Surrey State school for communication and interaction difficulties including autism. She has enjoyed working at the school for 7 years having previously taught in mainstream infant and junior schools in the UK and internationally, at  Belgrave Special School in Bristol  and at The Abbey School, Farnham. She has worked with many children and young people with autism in all the schools she has taught at during her career. Liz has a Psychology degree and an M.Ed from Bristol University .  Her interests include how Mindfulness type exercises and relaxation can help young people with autism manage their own anxiety and is due to present a paper on this subject at the XI  Autism-Europe  International  Congress in September 2016.

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