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NAS Education - Birmingham Roadshow
07 Feb 2012
This event was held in Birmingham on 7 February. To view the presentations from the day, please click on the links to the right or scroll down to the bottom of the page.



Education is a fundamental part of every child's life, but far too many children with autism are not getting the education they need. With the right support, every child has the opportunity to succeed. Parents and young people agree that knowledge of autism, more than anything else, helps children's needs to be met. However, many teachers say that developing autism knowledge is their biggest challenge when teaching children with autism. In order to support pupils effectively, staff need to understand pupils' needs, their behaviour and the motivation behind it – which is often different to that of children who do not have autism.

That's why The National Autistic Society, in association with Axcis Education Recruitment, has developed this series of five regional roadshows, so that teachers and other autism professionals can learn the tools and strategies they need to support children with autism effectively.

Featuring a range of expert speakers, these roadshows provided education, health and social care professionals, as well as parents of pupils with autism, an opportunity to learn new strategies, share good practice and network. With expert speakers, targeted seminars and a stimulating panel debate, these event provided great opportunities to gain crucial knowledge about how you can best support children with autism.

More details: www.autism.org.uk/conferences/roadshow2011

Why view?
• gain a full understanding of autism and the impact it can have on a child's educational needs
• find out the latest strategies for supporting children with autism in the classroom
• discover practical tools for supporting communication differences and challenges
• hear first-hand insights into the unique difficulties experienced by children with autism
• network with other professionals and experts in the field.

Who should view?
• education professionals from mainstream schools, special schools and local authorities, including SENCOs, advisory teachers, support teachers and teaching assistants
• commissioners of services for people with autism
• social workers and support workers
• voluntary sector groups and not-for-profit organisations
• people with autism and their parents, families and carers.


 Sponsored by:


Welcome by the Chairs
Jean Wilson, Managing Director, Axcis Education Recruitment and Jane Vaughan, Director of Education, The National Autistic Society

Lynn Plimley, Head of Research and Partnerships, Autism Cymru
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Autism Inclusion Toolkit

Jonathan Hanna, Autism Awareness Speaker
Understanding and supporting communication differences and challenges in children with autism

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshment break
Workshop Stream A: Back to Basics: An individualised Programme for a Child in Crisis
Ellie Freeman, Residential Service Manager, NAS Radlett Lodge School and Jody Houston, Behaviour Programme Co-ordinator, NAS Radlett Lodge School

Workshop Stream A: Dr Debbie Allen, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
Remote consultancy for self-injurious behaviour in children with autism

Refreshment break
Panel discussion
George Thomas, Service Manager, Leicestershire Autism Outreach Service
Effective multi-agency working and teacher training to ensure successful provision for children with autism in schools | including final questions and closing remarks