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Autism Professionals Conference 2019 - presentations

The National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Conference took place in March 2019. Below is a list of presentations featured in the programme, for delegates who attended and anyone else you...

Understanding and managing pica

Dr Liz Shea from the Birmingham Food Refusal Clinic discusses pica (the eating of non foods) and highlights the story of James Frankish who sadly died from issues related to the condition. Dr Shea...

James Frankish and pica: learning the lessons from his life and death

In this article, Dr Liz Shea from the Birmingham Food Refusal Clinic tells the story of James Frankish, a young autistic man who sadly died from issues related to pica. After explaining what pica is...

Using virtual reality with autistic pupils

Dr Nigel Newbutt is a senior researcher at the University of the West of England in the fields of autism, technology and education. His work has recently identified opportunities for working with...

Autistic young people and bullying

Dr Emily Lovegrove runs her own private practice offering anti-bullying strategies - working mainly with autistic children and young adults - focusing on strategies that work with our biological...

Autism and technology conference - presentations

The National Autistic Society’s Autism and Technology conference took place in September 2018 and was sponsored by the Foundation of Applied Disability Research (FIRAH) and UEFA Foundation for...

Neurodiversity: the new 'normal'

Victoria Honeybourne is a specialist advisory teacher and has a diagnosis of autism - her latest book, The Neurodiverse Classroom is published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher. Here Victoria tells us...

Supporting autistic people at university

Martyn Brown is the Student Support Coordinator for London and South East and Rachel Babbidge is Transitions Support Coordinator, both at the National Autistic Society. Here they explore different...

Emotional wellbeing in autistic students: an interview with Justin Price

Justin Price is Head Teacher at Freemantles School in Woking which support children and young people with complex communication needs, many of whom are autistic. Since taking on this role Justin and...

Autism and controlled eating

Lucy Skye has had a recent diagnosis of autism and in this article she gives a very personal and fascinating insight into some of the challenges she experiences with food and eating. Lucy discusses...

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