This year's Autism Show, the national event for autism (including Asperger syndrome), is returning to London, Birmingham and Manchester in just in a few week's time. It's packed with over 100 hours of specialist talks, workshops and clinics, plus 100s of products and services.
At the event you can hear the UK's leading autism professionals discussing the latest news and research in The Autism Matters Theatre in partnership with Research Autism.
This year's new speaker line-up includes the renowned Prof. Francesca Happé, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, who will be discussing girls on the autism spectrum; Prof. Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester examining how a parent-led early intervention for autism, aimed at helping parents communicate with their child, has been shown to reduce the severity of autism symptoms (The PACT and iBASIS trials); and Dr Stephen Tyler, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University exploring models of education which work for autistic children. The full theatre programme can be found on the show website at www.autismshow.co.uk.
Other diverse topics covered in The Autism Matters Theatre include how sensory difficulties and anxiety can impact on behaviour and how to help; employment and autism; using technology to develop social communication in autistic people; and positive behaviour support in the home.
The Autism Matters Theatre will also feature special appearances from Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, in London and the best selling author Kathy Lette in Birmingham and Manchester.
Elsewhere in the show you can visit The Hub to hear practical talks which can make an immediate difference to those you care, support or teach. In theatre 2, just some of the many subjects covered include profiling the barriers to learning in people with autism; transition into adult services; using Lego to develop language; improving sensory processing; applied behaviour analysis (ABA); making sense of self injury; and EHCPs – Is the new system working?
Theatre 1 in The Hub offers visitors a different perspective on key issues. Here you will find adults on the spectrum and parents of autistic children talk about their experiences on issues such as strategies for regulating emotion: dealing with anxiety and anger; autistic people using social media: how to make best use of them and how to avoid the pitfalls; autistic girls: strategies for success; identifying the barriers to employment and how they might be overcome; diagnosis in adulthood: the advantages and disadvantages; improving relationships, learning and communication; and how an autistic person can learn social skills and develop self awareness.
Parents and carers who are looking for free professional advice can visit the One to One Clinics where they can receive a 30 minute personal consultation on concerns relating to managing challenging behaviour, legal advice on SEN, school exclusions, mentoring and employment support, speech and language, and occupational therapy.
There are also a series of workshops on the new Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) for parents, carers and professionals who are converting Statements, or approaching this new process for the first time, in the EHCP help Centre run by SEN!SOS; LEGO® Based-Therapy, run by Building Skills and SENtree Training and Therapy, for those who wish to learn more about how LEGO can help to improve language development, social interaction and fine motor skills; and Jumping Clay, a sensory hands-on learning tool for the classroom, clubs and home.
The new Autism Uncut Cinema will be showing all the winning film entries from The National Autistic Society's Autism Uncut Film and Media Awards. These original four minute films seek to shed light on the real world of autism and counter how autism is often misrepresented and stereotyped in mainstream media
Due to visitor feedback, we have introduced for the first time this year Autism Meets, a place where autistic visitors, who wish to find and develop friendships with other autistic people, can meet at the show. Autistic speakers from The Hub: Theatre 1 will also be based here and will be happy to answer any questions which visitors may have following their presentations
Visitors who are looking to source innovative sensory products or simply want to enjoy a sensory experience at the show can immerse themselves in the ever popular Sensory Room, created by Mike Ayres Design and OM Interactive. Mike has also designed a Quiet Room for visitors who might need to find a calm space during their visit. This can be accessed via the Organiser's Office in the hall.
Amongst this huge amount of content, visitors can explore the exhibition to find the UK’s leading suppliers of learning tools, visual aids, sensory equipment, furniture, advice and support services, residential care, specialist schools and much more.
Visit www.autismshow.co.uk to view the full programme of the event closest to you.
Book your tickets in advance and save 20% at www.autismshow.co.uk
ExCeL London, 16 - 17 June
NEC Birmingham, 23 – 24 June
EventCity Manchester, 30 June – 1 July