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Autism Professionals Conference 2020 - presentations

The National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Conference took place in February 2020. Below is a list of presentations featured in the programme, for delegates who attended and anyone else who...

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) conference: presentations

The National Autistic Society’s Pathological demand avoidance conference took place in October 2019. Below is a list of presentations featured in the programme, for delegates who attended and anyone...

Reducing autism diagnosis times for children

Rebecca Kenney, Assistant Psychologist, and Dr Martha Laxton-Kane, Clinical Psychologist, discuss how the restructure of their autism assessment pathway for children and young people at Chesterfield...

Autistic children and sleep: an interview with Chris Hoyle

Chris Hoyle is Sleep Tight Trafford Coordinator at the Together Trust and has worked with autistic children and young people for over 30 years. Chris kindly agreed to an interview with Network Autism...

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 and healthcare: an interview with Dr Carole Buckley

Dr Carole Buckley is a retired GP and is the Royal College of General Practitioners clinical representative for autism. Carole has an autistic son and was involved in creating the autism toolkit for...

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...

Changes to the autism diagnostic criteria - a discussion

The forthcoming National Autistic Society Autism Professionals Conference 2019 features a panel discussion on changes to the diagnostic criteria in both the ICD-11 and DSM-5. Three of the panellists...

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