Friday 8th November 2019. Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR
Aimed at neurodivergent adults, parents, carers and family members of neurodivergent people, and professionals
working in the field, this conference will bring national and international speakers to the Isle of Wight to
share their knowledge and expertise. Around one third of our speakers are neurodiverse themselves, a further
third are parents or carers of neurodiverse people, and all of our speakers are leaders within their fields.
The conference will be free to attend, but you must book your place. There will be a range of presentations and workshops on the day. Individual sessions will be bookable on the day. Due to constraints on numbers we are unable to guarantee places on any specific session, but there will be several streams on the day and there will always be something of interest!
We are hosted at the Riverside Centre in Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2QR.
Introducing our first speaker! This week is not only Neurodiversity Celebration Week, it is also Mental Health Awareness Week, and so we are kicking off with a neurodivergent speaker who will be presenting on autism and mental health. Krysia is an autistic PhD researcher at the Tizard Centre, where she is funded by the Tizard Centre Scholarship (2018-2023). Her research interests include: autism, attitudes towards neurodivergent people, spirituality of autistic people and faith organisations and accessibility/inclusive practice. We are delighted that Krysia has agreed to join us at Neurodiversity 2019. Her presentation will focus on counselling, mental health and autism.
Jim is currently Learning Disability Nursing Project Lead at The Royal College of Nursing and Clinical Advisor Learning Disability at the Queens Nursing Institute. He is also the Health Advisor at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and the Learning Disability Advisor to the Sates of Jersey and Guernsey, the Vice Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s London Board and is a Patron of Dance Syndrome http://dancesyndrome.co.uk/ Previously Jim has worked as a Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities at Great Ormond Street and St. George’s Hospital in London, been President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Council for the Forum on Intellectual Disability, and Vice Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain. Jim is also an Expert Advisor to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman, an advisor for the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group and is on the editorial board of www.intellectualdisability.info Jim has previously been a Specialist Clinical Advisor to the CQC. Jim is involved in the movement to enhance and improve care of people with learning disabilities www.ldchanging-care.co.uk Twitter @LDChangingCare Jim will be presenting on Diagnostic Overshadowing with Viki Ainsworth.
We are proud to announce that Viki Ainsworth will be at Neurodiversity 2019! Viki is a journalist, author and director of a media training and TV talent agency. She is also an expert by experience with the middle of her three children a 21 year old with severe learning disabilities. Together they have spent the past 21 years navigating the highs and lows of accessing healthcare and social settings in a system stacked against them. Viki is now on a mission for her daughter to have equal access to health and social care and for her to lead as independent and meaningful life as possible. Viki sits on a Parental Advisory Group at Great Ormond Street Hospital, on Care and Treatment Review panels and is an author with two books published on accessing healthcare for people with learning disabilities and autism. Viki will be presenting on Diagnostic Overshadowing with Jim Blair.
Our next announcement is... Tigger Pritchard of The Autism Coffee Shop! We are really excited to be welcoming Tigger to the Isle of Wight this November. Tigger is an Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance Consultant and Trainer with over thirty years of working alongside, and for, individuals with autism, intellectual differences and learning disabilities. He has played many roles: support worker, advocate, teacher, facilitator, trainer, manager, lecturer and friend. Tigger is now using his extensive experience, knowledge and teaching practice to pass on his skills through training and consultancy work. His ethos is to reduce anxiety for all, by promoting a holistic approach where awareness, acceptance and understanding is key. Tigger will be hosting a workshop on PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) at Neurodiversity 2019!
We are delighted to announce that Claire Collins of Positive Difference IOW will be speaking at Neurodiversity IW 2019! Claire is a champion for autistic people on the Isle of Wight. She is the founder of and coordinator for AIM (Autism Inclusion Matters) and in this role organizes the island’s Autism Partnership Board, social activities for autistic adults, and support groups for autistic women and teen girls. She founded the Isle of Wight’s Sensory Library, and co-founded both the island’s first surf school for autistic children and young people, and the island’s largest online support group for autistic people and their families. Claire also sits on the Isle of Wight Council’s Learning Disability Task and Finish Group, ensuring the voice of autistic adults is heard by decision makers. She delivers innovative, interesting and engaging training in all aspects of care and support to statutory services and the third sector, specialising in learning disability and autism, and disability equality. She bases her training on real life experience and knowledge and ensures that learning can be applied in practice. Claire will be speaking on autistic burnout.
Next up is the island’s very own Alex Watts! Alex is the Isle of Wight's most flamboyant pop-culture cheerleader. An international speaker with a heavy case of high-functioning ADHD - Alex attributes all of his adventures to his neurodiverse nature. An advocate for cause and effect, Alex traces his entire adult life to an audacious lie he told when he was 16. From that, he joined international speaker, best-selling author and YouTuber 'The Aspie World' around the world, recorded albums, interviewed his favourite film stars, outsold the Beatles for 20 minutes in Japan, worked for Motorhead - and met his partner of 8 years. Alex's quest for affirmation outside of his constant elation for life has helped him see beyond the diagnosis. He now stares adoringly at the source code of humanity, on a quest to unshackle ADHD and be an example of the positive life one can lead. The talk includes audience participation, video games and a demonstration of an eidetic memory. Alex - we cant wait to welcome you to Neurodiversity IW 2018!
We are incredibly proud to announce that Dr Gillian Harris will be joining us at Neurodiversity IW 2019! Gillian has carried out research into infant and child feeding behaviour and appetite regulation at the University of Birmingham, School of Psychology for the past 38 years. She was also a Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist for 30 years, and led a feeding clinic at The Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, where she worked with infants and children who were food averse. Her specific research and clinical interest is the development of food acceptance and rejection in early infancy and early childhood, and the effect of early experience on later food preferences. She has written around 100 published papers, articles and book chapters on these areas, and been awarded multiple research grants to support her research. Her latest book, on Food Refusal and Avoidant Eating in Children, was published in 2017. Gillian will be talking about understanding avoidant eating in those on the autism spectrum.
Next up is Professor Jeremy Turk! Jeremy is Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychiatry at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurosciences, King’s College, University of London, and spent many years as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in London, specialising in meeting the mental health needs of children and young people with a range of neurodevelopmental variants & developmental challenges. He was Consultant Psychiatrist on the Southwark Child & Adolescent Mental Health Neurodevelopmental Service, part of the South London & Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust, and prior to that Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist on the South West London & St. George’s NHS Trust Child and Adolescent Developmental Disability Service. He now works part- time as Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service. He is also Consultant Psychiatrist to The UK National Autistic Society, for some years served as President of The Royal Society of Medicine Intellectual Disability Forum and is a member of several professional advisory panels and family and syndrome support groups. He is member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Intellectual Disability Research & Advances in Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities. Jeremy has longstanding clinical & academic interests in the assessment and treatment of mental health needs of children and young people with developmental variants and challenges, and their families, and has practiced clinically, taught & researched extensively in this field. He has published two books, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: a Developmental Approach and Developing Mental Health Services for Children & Adolescents with Learning Disabilities; a Toolkit for Clinicians. He is named author on over 70 peer-reviewed publications, 16 non-peer reviewed publications, 18 book chapters and over 100 published conference proceedings & abstracts. His leisure interests comprise of classical music, modern art, Crystal Palace Football Club and loving the Isle of Wight.
Neurodiversity Isle of Wight 2019 is very pleased to announce our next speaker - Dr Beatriz López. Dr López is the founder of the award winning Autism Centre for Research on Employment (ACRE). ACRE is the result of a close collaboration between the Department of Health, four local authorities, Autism Hampshire and the university of Portsmouth. ACRE was created to address the gap in provision of employment support for autistic adults without learning disabilities. Over the last 5 years, the ACRE team has been conducting research on employment issues in autism. This work has resulted in the creation of a suite of free online resources to support people on the Autism Spectrum and their employers, including employment Profiling Assessment© Services. Dr López will provide an overview of ACRE’s research findings and services.
We are very pleased to announce that Trude Stenhammer will be joining us at Neurodiversity IW 2019! Trude is a Norwegian RNLD, with a PGdip. in Mental Health and Learning Disability from King's College London. She has worked for people on the autistic spectrum since 1979, both in the UK and Norway, and is currently a consultant at Autism Society Norway. Trude is co-author of the article: "Neurodiversity, accepting autistic difference" https://journals.rcni.com/learning-disability-practice/neurodiversity-accepting-autistic-difference-ldp2013.05.16.4.32.e681
Nathan is a qualified teacher and has taught all ages and abilities over the years. He began in special educational needs schools in 2009. After his experience of delivering skills to young autistic people in 2007, he knew he would continue developing his career path. He has worked as a freelance facilitator with his own teaching, outside of a school setting, since 2008. Nathan is currently pursuing a PhD in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with a focus on using an improv comedy intervention with autistic adults and exploring anxiety. His supervisors are Prof Julie Beadle-Brown and Dr Shaun May. Both supervisors have been involved in autism research with a theatre-based element. Prof Beadle-Brown is a part of the Tizard Centre and was an integral part of the 'Imagining Autism' project. Dr May is part of the School of Arts and has an interest in comedy and autism. Nathan will deliver an improv comedy workshop for autistic participants based on his research being conducted around anxiety. Opportunity to get involved in the research may be possible. The class explores spontaneity and its application to create comedy live. We shall explore thoughts on spontaneity and enhancing the performance of the players through using playfulness in their improvisation.
After a bit of a gap (sorry, we've been so busy behind the scenes though!) we are very excited to announce our next speaker! Mark Brown has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities, autism and many other neuro-developmental conditions for over 30 years in many different capacities, which has included managing a residential long-stay home for adults with behavioural difficulties. In 2010, Mark founded Special Help 4 Special Needs, working directly with children, adolescents and young adults who have a range of diagnoses, and who are all struggling with challenging and/or socially inappropriate behaviour. Mark takes a family-centred approach in all his work, finding workable ways to support the individual within their own family, and a lot of his work is in helping a young person to recognise, understand and regulate their own emotions. Many of the young people he works with have difficulties in interpreting the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable sexual behaviour, and this work has led him to developing an enhanced sex education course specifically designed for those who may otherwise be at risk of displaying sexually inappropriate behaviour. Mark also runs a social club for adults with learning disabilities, with a strong focus on supporting the individuals to develop social skills and to gain the confidence to use them. Mark will be speaking on puberty & sexuality, & their impact on Autism & Learning Disabilities
We are incredibly pleased to announce that the amazing Yvonne Newbold will be speaking at Neurodiversity IW 2019! Yvonne is a Mother; Author of The SEND Parent's Handbook; Writer, Speaker; Trainer; and Founder of The SEND VCB Project - Support Group for Families. Yvonne will be speaking on Violent and Challenging Behaviour.
We are very pleased to announce that Eleanor Wright will be joining us at Neurodiversity IW 2019. Eleanor is a solicitor and Chief Executive of SOS SEN, a national charity which provides support in securing educational provision for children and young people with SEN and disabilities. She specialises in Education Law and her current role involves advising and working with parents, carers and young people, preparing documents for them, delivering workshops, training and supervising volunteers, lobbying, and representing the charity at meetings with the Department for Education and other interest groups. Eleanor is a committee member for the Education Law Association and provides regular updates on Education Law for the Legal Action Group magazine, and has written a number of booklets on SEN issues published by SOS!SEN. Eleanor will be delivering a workshop on the EHC Plan process and ensuring that the provision in EHCPs is delivered.
We are delighted that the island's very own Jo Rees will be joining us at Neurodiversity IW 2019. Jo founded the company Another Way Round - Dyslexia Support in 2016. Another Way Round’s mission is to raise awareness and understanding of what Dyslexia actually is. Jo has 20 years’ experience of working in education. Having originally trained as a primary school teacher Jo was always drawn to supporting learners with additional needs. Prior to training as a Specialist Assessor and teacher of Dyslexia in 2007, Jo was a SENCO in several primary schools, and worked with LAs and schools to set up and run Nurture Groups and Specialist Outreach Provisions for SpLD and ASD. In 2014 Jo Received a diagnosis of Dyslexia herself, and also has 3 children, 2 of whom are also Dyslexic. She is the Author of the memoir book ‘Don’t Forget To Smile,’ which provides a first-hand account of living with undiagnosed dyslexia and the impact it has had on her life. Jo will be sharing her professional knowledge of what Dyslexia is and how it impacts everyday life, as well as her first hand experiences of living with dyslexia.
Next up, we are pleased to announce that Malcolm Cooper will be speaking at Neurodiversity IW 2019. Malcolm is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Life Coach who also teaches Mindfulness and Meditation, particularly with a view to reducing and managing the symptoms of long-term anxiety. He has worked extensively within the autistic community with both children and adults. He is fully qualified and a member of the GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register) and The CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) He is also qualified in NLP (Neuro-Linguist Programming) , EFT (also known as Tapping, or Emotional Freedom Technique), Laughter Yoga and EmoTrance therapy, and is also a Reiki Master. Malcolm will be running a workshop on self care.Malcom's Facebook Page
We are very proud to announce that Neurodiversity IW 2019's Keynote Speaker will be Chris Packham! Chris is a broadcaster and wildlife campaigner, photographer and writer. He graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Zoology and soon after started his career behind the camera as a filmmaker. His break as a TV presenter came in the form of the 1980’s cult ‘Really Wild Show' series’. He has spent most of his career travelling the world to bring the natural world and its conservation challenges to global attention but his main love for wildlife is in his own territory here in the UK - as such he particularly enjoys co-presenting BBC’s Spring, Autumn and Winterwatch. Chris occupies official roles within many charities including The Wildheart Trust (based on the IOW), the RSPB and the National Autistic Society. Chris’s award-winning memoir ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ and ‘Aspergers and Me’ documentary have helped him raise awareness of autism and use his life experiences to champion neurodiversity. He has recently been awarded a CBE for his services to nature conservation.
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