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Pathological demand avoidance conference 2017 – presentations

The National Autistic Society’s Pathological Demand Avoidance Conference took place in October 2017. Below is a list of presentations featured in the programme, for delegates who attended and anyone...

Top 5 autism tips: transport to school for autistic students

Brian Sainsbury is Head Teacher at Woodcroft School. The school won the Autism Accreditation Excellence Award at the 2017 Autism Professionals Awards for their innovative home-school transport scheme...

Rise in exclusions for autistic pupils in England

Andrew Cutting, Specialist Exclusions & Alternative Provision Advice Coordinator for the National Autistic Society, explores the rise in the number of autistic pupils in England being excluded....

Archive of Network Autism interviews

We have been carrying out filmed interviews at our conferences for over two years, in that time we have accumulated an ever growing collection of interviews with leading autism professionals from...

Autism and diagnosis: advice for teachers

Dean Anthony Da Conceicao, Autism Helpline Adviser at the National Autistic Society, offers some advice for teachers on what to do if they suspect a child they teach may be autistic. Dean discusses...

Creating autism-friendly classrooms

David Burns, an autistic adult and member of Mensa, is the author of “Do lemons have feathers? More to autism than meets the eye”. He has written a guide which offers strategies to support autistic...

Sensory challenges for autistic pupils

Phoebe Caldwell is an Intensive Interaction practitioner working mainly with autistic children and adults, and the author of many books including The Anger Box: Sensory turmoil and pain in autism. In...

Filmed presentations from XI Autism-Europe Congress

The XI Autism-Europe Congress took place in Edinburgh this year, hosted by the National Autistic Society and with headline sponsors Axcis Education. Autism-Europe’s international congresses are...

Back to school: autism resources for school staff

Returning to school, or indeed beginning school for the first time, is a time of enormous change for autistic pupils and involves new routines, environments and people.  Here we have gathered...

Pathological demand avoidance: an interview with Ruth Fidler and Phil Christie

Ruth Fidler is an Education Consultant specialising in complex autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), interactive approaches and emotional wellbeing, and Phil Christie is a Consultant Child...

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