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Peer mentoring for autistic females: an interview with Dr Catriona Stewart

Dr Catriona Stewart is an Autism Advisor at Scottish Autism and delivers training and consultation services. Catriona co-founded the Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN) following her PhD research...

Autism practice: an interview with Dean Beadle and Dr Rona Tutt

Dean Beadle is public speaker who shares his experiences of life as an autistic person, and is also a journalist and patron and honorary president to several autism charities. Dr Rona Tutt OBE is a...

Autism support: an interview with Gina Davies

Gina Davies has worked as a speech and language therapist for over 30 years in clinical, educational and family settings. She is an autism specialist who works directly with autistic children and is...

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...

Autistic pupils and exclusions

Sarah-Jane Critchley is the author of 'A Different Joy: The Parents' Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More...' and a trainer and speaker. Here Sarah-Jane discusses the causes,...

Autism, teaching and me

Jennifer Pollock is a qualified teacher, mathematics tutor and volunteers at two local schools. Jennifer was diagnosed as autistic when she was a child, and in this article she explores why she chose...

Pathological demand avoidance conference - presentations

The National Autistic Society’s Pathological demand avoidance conference took place in November 2018. Below is a list of presentations from the conference that we permission to share, for delegates...

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...

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