Autism Berkshire’s first All About Autism conference was held at The Curve library and cultural hub in Slough on World Autism Awareness Day 2019, Tuesday, April 2.
More than 130 people attended the event, including parents, carers , school staff and other professionals who work with autistic children, young people and adults.
They heard presentations from a range of speakers and we are delighted to be able to give people who were not able to attend the conference the opportunity to watch four of the presentations on video.
You can also click here to read a report on the conference.
Autism, Girls and Oughtism
Mairi Evans, the neurodevelopmental lead for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s CAMHS autism and ADHD assessment teams, looks at diagnosis, differences in autism in girls and why we need to think about challenging common perceptions about how things ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be when it comes to autism, or criticising or questioning how parents manage their child’s behaviour.
Growing Up Autistic
Autism advocate Conor Eldred-Earl on being diagnosed as autistic at an early age, his struggles with loneliness and depression, and forging the firm friendship that changed his outlook and helped instil the confidence in him to support other young autistic people.
Sleep and Autism
Helen Cattermole, a sleep practitioner with the Berkshire charity Parenting Special Children, on the challenges of helping autistic children – and other family members – get a good night’s sleep and techniques that parents and carers can use to help children and establish good bedtime routines.
Autistic Women and Girls
Autism advocate Carly Jones MBE on her experiences as an autistic mother of two autistic daughters, issues around diagnosis for girls and women when diagnostic tools were developed for boys, and outdated attitudes that autism does not occur in girls and women.
- For intellectual property reasons, we cannot bring you the presentations by Dr Fiona Knott and Dr Fang Liu, of the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading, but you can find out about their research work and that of their colleagues by clicking here.
The videos were made for us by Paniscus Motion Pictures.