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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...

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...

Autism Professionals Conference 2018 – presentations

The National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Conference took place in March 2018. Below is a list of presentations featured in the programme, for delegates who attended and anyone else you...

Dentistry and autism: parental experiences

Nicole Thomas is a dental hygienist who, inspired by her work and own experience, carried out research on parents' views of visiting the dentist with their autistic child. Nicole discusses the...

Planning for an autism friendly Christmas

Sue Goldman is an autism education specialist offering support, advice and teaching to autistic children, their families and educational settings. In this article, originally published by our...

Making dental practices more autism-friendly

Malcolm Hamilton is an NHS Highland dentist and a member of their Autism Strategy Group. Malcolm explores how best to support autistic patients and their carers within a dental setting, offering...

Supporting autistic parents

Kabie Brook, an autistic parent and chairperson/co-founder of Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH), gives advice for professionals on how to support autistic parents. This article first appeared in...

Supporting trans and gender questioning autistic pupils

Joe Butler, special educational needs and disability consultant and trainer, explores how best to support trans or gender questioning autistic pupils in schools and gives advice and practical support...

Managing anxiety in the workplace

Emily Swiatek, Employment Training Consultant with the National Autistic Society gives her advice and practical strategies on how to support autistic employees with managing their anxiety in the...

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