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Tony Attwood

 

THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE IN APRIL 2014 - Please check back for further events or email disabilityservices@ul.ie to be added to a events mailing list.

The Disability Service at the University of Limerick is hosting a two day programme for parents, professionals and policy makers interested in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The programme will be led by Professor Tony Attwood, the internationally renowned ASD expert.

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Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book Asperger's Syndrome - A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages. He has worked with over 8,000 individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Tony presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. His book The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome was published in October 2006 and has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.

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Programme Outline

Time

DAY 1

DAY 2

08.30

Registration

Registration

09.15

Welcome Address

 Opening Address                      

09.30

Session 1: Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children with Autism

 

 

Session 3:Adolescent Issues: Transition & Employment

10.45

Break

Break

11.15

Session 1:Continued

 Session 3:Continued

13.00

Lunch

Lunch

14.00

Session 2: Cognitive Abilities: A Different Way of Thinking & Learning Profile

Session 4: Social Skills & Special Interests         

15.15

Break

Break

15.30

Session 2 :Continued

 Session 4: Continued

16.30

Q&A

Q&A / Closing Address

TOPICS COVERED:

MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

This presentation focuses on children and adolescents with classic autism and provides an explanation and strategies with regard to repetitive behaviour, emotion management and the development of effective communication systems for emotions. The application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to children with severe autism is discussed and how it can be applied to such individuals. The presentation will include strategies to help with self-injurious behaviour and the improvement of social understanding and coping with change.

COGNITIVE ABILITIES: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING AND LEARNING PROFILE

The unusual profile of cognitive abilities associated with Asperger's syndrome is described with an emphasis on the profile of intellectual abilities, problems with executive function, attention and weak central coherence. Strategies are described to improve attention, organisational skills and academic achievement.

ADOLESCENT ISSUES: TRANSITION AND EMPLOYMENT

This presentation focuses on issues faced by teenagers with Asperger's syndrome, which range from the physical aspects of puberty to changes in friendship, the development of sexuality, the change in academic expectations, issues regarding self-esteem. This presentation will also focus on transition from primary to post primary and from post primary to third level education. Issues regarding preparation for employment will also be covered.

SOCIAL SKILLS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

This presentation explains the four stages in the development of friendship and strategies to encourage the development of friendship skills and social integration from children as young as three years to young adults. There appears to be several stages in the development of special interests and the presentation outlines the developmental sequence and the reasons why specific interests occur as part of the overall profile of Asperger's syndrome.

 CONTACT US:

Caoilinn Kennedy

Student Support Officer

Disability Services,

University Of Limerick,

Caoilinn.Kennedy@ul.ie

Tel: (061) 23 4847

Thomas O'Shaughnessy

Assistive Technology Officer

Disability Services,

University Of Limerick,

thomas.oshaughnessy@ul.ie

Tel: (061) 21 3373