Autism Partnership Conference: Treatment That Changes Lives

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Queen Mary University

Mile End Road


E1 4NS

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As ABA progresses, we find newer and newer ways to be able to help children with Autism. Six experts from the field discuss their findings

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Join us for a day of insight, discussion and practical advice that will help you change the lives of children with autism. Meet our Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) specialists to understand more about scientifically proven interventions that have helped thousands of children achieve their best outcomes in IQ, adaptive skills and emotional functioning over the past 40 years.


  • Get insight and learning from six experts dedicated to improving the lives of autistic children
  • Understand the recent advances in ABA research
  • Find out what support is available
  • Network with your peers


  • Parents and carers of autistic children
  • Educational and clinical psychologists
  • Speech and language therapists and pathologists
  • Teachers and special educational needs specialists
  • BCBAs


Continuing education is offered for:

  • BCBAs (6 CEUs for talks + 0.5 CEU for Q&A)


Event is by booking only and tickets are limited at both locations. Kindly contact the organiser for group or bulk bookings.

Event Schedule

8.30 – 9:00: Registration and Seating

9:00 - 9:50: Changing the World of ASD:  Perspectives from a Mum & Funding Guru (Lorri Unumb, JD.D)

9:50 - 10:40: Producing Meaningful Improvements in Problem Behaviour of Persons with Autism (Greg Hanley, Ph.D )

10:40 - 11:00: Morning Break

11:00 - 11:50 : Implementing Effective Social Skill Groups for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Justin Leaf, Ph.D).

11:50 - 12:40: Demonstrating the Amazing Success of Children with ASD (Toby Mountjoy, BCBA )

12:40 - 2:00: Lunch

2:00 – 2:50: To Stim or not to Stim? Guiding Children with ASD to make Healthy Choices (John McEachin, Ph.D)

2:50 - 3:40: Evolution of ABA (Ronald Leaf, Ph.D).

3:40 - 4:00:   Break

4:00 – 4:30: Q&A


Dr. Lorri Unumb , Vice President, State Government Affairs, Autism

Dr. Lorri Unumb is a lawyer, professor, mother of three boys, and a renowned autism advocate. A former litigator with... (See more..)

Topic: Changing the World of ASD:  Perspectives from a Mum & Funding Guru

In this address, autism mother and attorney Lorri Unumb will share her personal parental experience with her son’s autism diagnosis and how it led her into full-time advocacy on behalf of individuals with autism, including assistance in the passage of more than 40 autism insurance laws across the United States.

Dr. Gregory Hanley, Professor & Director of the Behaviour Analysis Doctoral Program, Western New England University

Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially...(See more...)

Topic: Producing Meaningful Improvements in Problem Behaviour of Persons with Autism

Problem behaviours like meltdowns, self-injury, aggression, or intractable stereotype will often require address at some point in the life span of a person diagnosed with autism. There is strong evidence supporting behavioural intervention to address these problem behaviours, with better outcomes evident when (a) personalised reinforcing contexts are designed from a practical functional assessment process, (b) skills relevant to the core deficits associated with autism are developed in the treatment, and (c) the treatment explicitly prepares the person with autism for life’s inevitable ambiguities, disappointments, and opportunities. In this presentation, the practical functional assessment process that informs these sorts of treatments will first be described. The enhanced choice model that affords the person with autism control over the therapeutic process will then be reviewed

Dr. Justin B. Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Research, Autism Partnership Foundation

Dr. Justin Leaf, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and Training for Autism Partnership Foundation. He has over 60 publications in ...(See more...)

Topic: Implementing Effective Social Skill Groups for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 In this talk the presenter will define what is social behaviour, the deficits in social behaviour that individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often display, and why it is important to teach social skills to individuals diagnosed with ASD. The presenter will spend most of the talk on how to set up and implement effective behaviourally based social skills group for children diagnosed with autism. The presenter will also describe what the results are when social skill groups are successfully implemented. The presenter will show numerous video examples of effective social skills groups. The presenter will provide recommendations that audience members can use when implementing or observing social skill groups.

Mr. Toby Mountjoy , Associate Director, Autism Partnership

Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and holds a ...(See more...)

Topic: Demonstrating the Amazing Success of Children with ASD

Mr. Toby Mountjoy will present the therapy journey of a number of different children, showing their first days, the challenges along the way and their progress over a number of years. This is an exciting opportunity to see the changes children got through in an ABA intervention program.

Dr. John McEachin , Co-founder & Director, Autism Partnership

Dr. John McEachin is a licensed psychologist who has been providing behavioural intervention to children with autism as well as ...(See more...)

Topic: To Stim or not to Stim? Guiding Children with ASD to make Healthy Choices

One of the most important research findings from the past several decades is that individuals with autism are enormously capable, but they require specialised teaching in order to learn. Some approaches have focused mainly on making accommodations such as reducing sensory stimulation, establishing routines, providing visual supports, and promoting peer tolerance of atypical behaviour. The most effective approaches focus on developing skills in children with autism so that they become more competent, possess coping skills, understand how others think, and why others behave the way they do. This allows the person with autism to more effectively achieve what is important to him or her and can lead to the discovery of new sources of joy in daily life.

Dr. Ronald Leaf , Co-founder & Director, Autism Partnership

Dr. Ronald Leaf is a licensed psychologist who has over 40 years of ...(See more..)

Topic: Evolution of ABA

Years of research and clinical applications have produced a proliferation of behaviourally based intervention programs for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Though all are under the umbrellas of ABA, often originating from the same seminal efforts, divergent directions in philosophy, conceptualisation and application have often been followed between and within these various types of ABA programs.  The sometimes subtle and sometimes substantial disparities that may be found between some Applied Behaviour Analysis approaches to treating persons with ASD.  Drawing from over 40 years of research and clinical application of Applied Behaviour Analysis, Dr. Leaf will share the strategies that Autism Partnership has developed over decades and that have helped children reach their potential.

The conference is being held in London and Leeds. You can secure tickets for Leeds event from here. You can find out more about the conference here or send any queries to info@autismpartnership.co.uk


We now have 20 free tickets to The Autism Show in London, to give away to anyone attending the Autism Partnership: Treatment That Changes Lives conferences.

If you want to be entered into the prize draw, please email info@autismpartnership.co.uk with 'The Autism Show' as the subject line. In order to be eligible, you need to book before 25th of May . Winners will be informed by 28th May by email.

And also…

Free parent consultations with our founding directors are available on Sunday 9th June at our therapy centre in London. If you would like a consultation for your preschool-aged child, email info@autismpartnership.co.uk or call 0113 250 9275 today.

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