“Inspirational" "Outstanding" “Thought-provoking” “Educational”
These are just a few of the words used to describe the National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Professionals Conference and Awards Evening held earlier this year.
From Gary Cooper, Chief Executive, Middletown Centre for Autism; James Cusack, Director of Science, Autistica; Gareth E Morewood, Educational Advisor, Studio III; to Jo Minchin attending in both a personal and professional capacity; Brenda Smith-Myles; and Peter Wharmby, Teacher and Blogger; the conference delivered a plethora of speakers, all experts in their field, all with a personal connection to autism, and all of whose strong and compelling messages educated, entertained and held audiences captive. The atmosphere at times was electric, and one of our colleagues, Tina Passmore, commented: “This was a different kind of conference in which the speakers were mainly speaking from a personal perspective”.
With our stand adjacent to Studio III’s, the team were blown away by the knowledge, enthusiasm and passion exuded by Gareth E Morewood, Studio III. The low arousal approaches Studio III promote and support in schools, coupled with their ‘Train the Trainer’ approaches, both complement and enhance our own PBS training provision.
‘The Reflective Journey’ written by Professor Andrew McDonnell (founder of Studio III) is a ‘must read’ for parents, staff, and carers of students with autism. The theme that weaves its way throughout, is that we are all on a reflective journey, one which should begin by exploring our own behaviours particularly when managing stressful situations.
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The NAS is committed to transforming lives and changing attitudes. With more than 50 years of learning from first-hand experience, no other organisation has more practical knowledge of autism.
Following the event, we have made a personal commitment to support fundraising activities and events throughout the year. However, with the ever-changing landscape and challenges of COVID-19, the opportunity to raise greater awareness and shine a light on autism has become harder.
We hope that by sharing this insight, you will get involved and join the conversation to support the NAS to transform lives and change attitudes.