Autism and challenging behaviour – it doesn’t have to be like this – Conference

Date: Wednesday 27th June 2012, 8.45am – 4.30pm | Venue: Ambassadors Hotel, London, W1

Rompa will have a stand at the conference.

Individuals with autism who display what are referred to as ‘challenging behaviours’ are known to be among the most vulnerable in society. The appalling events that led to the closure of Winterbourne View hospital in Bristol last year are just the latest in a very long line of similar cases that have occurred over many decades. We continue to see families struggling daily with the enormous demands of managing such behaviours in the home – often to breaking point. We see staff in schools and care services struggling to manage and vulnerable individuals frequently excluded. But does it have to be like this?

Despite growing evidence of poor efficacy and the harm they do we continue to see young people prescribed powerful drugs to mask the effects of pain, their personality or their attempts to communicate. We see restrictive physical interventions, punitive sanctions and the physical and emotional abuse of people who are already suffering huge levels of stress and anxiety. Additionally they may be placed far away from their homes- often at a high financial cost and for very long periods of time. But does it have to be like this?

This conference, chaired by Lorna Wing and Richard Mills will bring together some of the foremost experts in the field to share their experiences of working with this exceptionally vulnerable group. Speakers will describe research and methods of working that have been shown to be effective and ethical yet avoiding those approaches that cause harm not just to the person but to all of those concerned. It will be of interest to individuals with autism, parents, health; social care and education professionals and all who have an interest in learning about more effective ways of working with children and adults affects by autism- and who wish to invest in the development of practices that are ethical, respectful and humane and are fit for purpose.

Speakers include Professor Peter Tyrer, Imperal College, London; Dr Juli Crocombe, South Staffs NHS Trust; Mr Ben Higgins, Broomhayes School, The National Autistic Society; Mrs Linda Woodcock and Dr Andrew McDonnell, Studio 3; and Professor Chris Oliver, and Dr Caroline Richards, the University of Birmingham. In response to feedback from previous conference delegates, we have changed the venue and lowered the cost of the conference so as to make it more affordable. Therefore, costs are as follows:

Rate of £155 per delegate

A small number of subsidised places are available for individuals with ASC and family members/carers – please contact Helen Finch for more information.

Email. helen.finch@researchautism.net or Tel. 020 3490 3091.

Research Autism: London Office: Adam House, 1 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5HE. Registered Office. Church House, Church Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BD . Registered Charity No. 1096508

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