Autism and Relationships, puberty, sex and sexuality

Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jul 04, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 04, 2012
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Providing you with tools and strategies to help you talk confidently and competently about relationships and sexuality with children and adults with autism.

Relationships and sexuality are difficult subjects for most people to talk about and many parents and professionals feel they lack the confidence and skills to offer information and advice. This conference will give you the skills you need to teach people with autism about relationships and sexuality. It will increase your confidence and competence in discussing relationships and sexuality. It will also help you to support people with autism to develop their relationship and social skills.

We will give you tools and strategies to use at home, in the classroom or in other learning environments so that you can offer information and support, and help people with autism to make the right choices for them.

08:45 Registration and refreshments
09:30 Welcome by the Chairperson
Caroline Hattersley, Head of Information, Advice and Advocacy, The National Autistic Society

'Inappropriate' behaviour - teaching the 3 Ps
Lynne Moxon, Consultant Psychologist, Education and Services for People with Autism (ESPA)

10:20 My body keeps changing - a personal perspective on autism and puberty
Anya Ustaszewski, Autism Awareness Trainer and Campaigner, and Composer/Musician

11:00 Refreshment break
11:30 Teaching SRE for children and young people
with autism
Lesley Kerr-Edwards, Director, Image in Action
Sex, autism and the law - balancing the rights and empowerment of people with autism against safeguarding issues
Dr Celia Harbottle, Freelance Lecturer, Celia Harbottle: Education, Training and Consultancy

12:10 Transition between seminars
12:20 Preparing a child with autism for puberty
Lynne Moxon, Consultant Psychologist, Education and Services for People with Autism (ESPA)
Delivering effective groupwork on sex and relationships to young adults with autism
Joseph Hinchliffe, FPA Project Officer, Project Jiwsi

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Teaching functional core social skills through motivating shared experiences: a structured approach for students in mainstream secondary school settings
Suzanne McCanney, Learning Support Manager, Middletown Centre for Autism
Enabling safe sexual expression
Dimpi Hirani, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Dramatherapist, Respond
and Debbee Adamson, Young People's Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Project Coordinator, Respond

14:40 Refreshment break
15:00 From isolation to intimacy - making friends without words: using body language to tune in to children and adults on the autistic spectrum
Phoebe Caldwell, DSc., Intensive Interaction Practitioner
15:40 Asperger's, sexuality and me
Dean Beadle, Journalist and Autism Speaker
16:20 Closing remarks by the Chairperson
16:30 Conference ends

Note: We reserve the right to make amendments to the advertised conference programme and speakers.


Additional Information

Standard rate £225 + VAT NAS members* £150 + VAT People on low income** £75 + VAT Exhibitor rate £395 + VAT * Find out about NAS membership at ** Including people receiving: Income Support, ESA, DLA, Carers Allowance