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Autism - The Journey

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St Hilda's Church Hall

Kemys Street

Griffithstown

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Hope GB is proud to work in partnership with the Torfaen Autism Stakeholder Group, to host a further conference in South Wales.

Autism is much more common than many people think. There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that's more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Autism doesn't just affect children. Autistic children grow up to be autistic adults. (NAS 2017)

With this is mind we are excited to welcome Luke Jackson, author of “Freaks, Geeks and Asperger syndrome” to share his experiences as a child and now adult with us. As our keynote speaker Luke will do two presentations on the day along with taking part in our Expert Question & Answer Panel. You will have opportunity to access workshops and hear parents & young people share their experiences of autism and its impact on them. Autism is a journey, we hope this one day conference will help, guide and offer insight on some helpful topics you may experience along the way.


The conference is designed to be relevant to individuals, parents, carers and practicing professionals.

Agenda

09.00: Registration, refreshments and networking

09.30: Welcome and introduction

Ruth Derrick, Head of Mental Health Operational Services, Powys Teaching Health Board & Friend of Hope GB

09.45: Keynote Presentation: My Early Years

Luke Jackson

10.30: The Impact of Anxiety

Video clips filmed with permission at The Autism Base, Cwmbran High School

11.00: Refreshment break

11.25: Workshops

Workshop 1 - Managing behaviour that challenges

Workshop 2 - Autism, Anxiety and School Refusal

Workshop 3 - Puberty & Sex - Advice for managing young people on the autism spectrum

12.10: Lunch

13.00: Workshops

Workshop 1 - Sensory Differences & Autism

Workshop 2 - Autism, Anxiety and School Refusal

Workshop 3 - Puberty & Sex - Advice for managing young people on the autism spectrum

13.45: “Adulthood”

Luke Jackson

14.45: Expert Panel Questions & Answers

15.30: Closing remarks

End of Conference

The preferred method of payment is debit or credit card. Alternative payment methods can be considered.

Please contact the event organiser for further details.

Spaces are limited. Book your place today

Note - The terms ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will be used interchangeably during this conference.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Each ticket allows entrance to the conference and two workshops, refreshments and lunch. Accommodation and travel is not included.
  • The conference programme and speakers may change, at the discretion of Hope GB.
  • Cancellations must be received in writing at least 7 working days before the event. Hope GB will offer a full refund less an administration charge (amount dependent on ticket type). No refunds for cancellations within 6 days of the event.
  • If Hope GB has to cancel the event, delegates will be notified in advance and will receive a refund of monies paid. We are unable to compensate delegates for any accommodation or travel costs incurred.
  • If you wish to be invoiced for payment by November 1st rather than book through Eventbrite please contact the organiser.
  • Lunch will be provided, please make organiser aware of any dietary requirements.

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Speaker biographies

Luke Jackson is a world-renowned writer and public speaker on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Author of a number of books including the bestselling ‘Freaks, Geeks and Asperger’s Syndrome. He also delivers talks on all aspects of Autism intervention. He draws from his books, personal knowledge and experience, to come up with unique and tailored ways of helping people on the Autism Spectrum. In addition to this, much of the content is fitted to helping parents, carers and siblings dealing the more difficult parts of living with ASDs.

Cheryl Deneen has 18 years’ experience working in the field of autism including 8 years as a speech and language therapy assistant and since 2008 as Torfaen’s Children and Young People’s ASD Support Officer supporting families post diagnosis and through transitions. She has a First Class Honours BA Education degree and an MA Autism, and is Co-ASD Lead for Torfaen (All Wales Strategic Action Plan). Cheryl is a licenced trainer of a range of programmes including the National Autistic Society’s Early Bird and Early Bird Plus, Barnados Cygnet training and Helen Sanderson’s Person -Centred Thinking and Planning. In addition to this she delivers training across the authority to both statutory and voluntary organisations and has run workshops for Masters Students at the University of South Wales, and delivered training in Bulgaria and Belarus.

Shane Hayes

My passion for working with young people with special needs has led me to my current position as the Deputy Head for Crownbridge Special School. During my career path I have worked as a respite carer and supported social services in other capacities such as sports development initiatives, providing support and activities to enhance a healthy lifestyle. I now specialise in working with children with challenging behaviour and anxiety, working closely with their families and support staff. I have worked with pupils and teachers to personalise timetables, create behaviour plans to reduce anxieties and challenging behaviour which has had significant impact on their wellbeing, attitudes, outlook and learning. Working closely with families, I have also devised personalised reward systems that work for the child and the parents to address challenges at home.

Helen Palmer "To effectively communicate, we must all realise that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others" (Tony Robbins)

I have worked for Crownbridge Special School since 2005 and was the Team Leader of the Real Opportunities project which operated between 2010 - 2014. The project involved supporting young people with a learning disability and/or ASD. During my time on the project I became involved with Hope GB and helped to set up the listening service for parents, train volunteers and now provide monthly group supervision. I am a qualified Systemic therapist and work in Torfaen with young people and families including those affected by ASD. More recently I completed training in creative therapy with children and families and incorporate these ideas into my work. Working in a person-centred way I enjoy building positive relationships with families and young people in order to help with day to day situations they face, together with more complex issues including anxiety.

Gemma Bussy has worked with children with autism for over 10 years. Gemma is currently Head of Primary and Secondary ASD SNRBs Torfaen and is Interim Inclusion Manager at Nant Celyn Primary School. She has devised and delivered a range of training in both Torfaen and Cardiff for school staff and parents with a view to providing a range of effective and practical strategies for the support of pupils with autism. In addition, she is a mentor for Creative Arts Therapy students studying at the University of South Wales and has been invited to be a guest lecturer.

Esther Nicolaou began working with primary students with ASD in 1998 after previously working with AEN pupils in Griffithstown Primary Unit and Crownbridge School. She took the big step of moving to secondary age students in 2005 taking up a deputy manager role in the new Language and Communication Base, a specialist provision for South East Wales with places for 14 pupils with ASD. In September 2013 Esther became the Language and Communication Base Manager in Fairwater High School now Cwmbran High School and remains in this position.

Sarah Robinson is the Founder and Chair of Hope GB - a growing charity providing support, guidance and positive activities for families and individuals affected by ASCs. Sarah is mum to three wonderful children - two of whom are on the spectrum - so she values opportunities to engage with parents and professionals alike.

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