Thinking Differently About Autism Conference

Friday 23 November 2018

Amba Hotel, The Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5HX, UK

The Cognitive Centre is proud to bring you a conference with a difference. On Friday 23 November we will be spending the day with some of the most unique, interesting and forward thinking people in the world of autism.

Autism acceptance and understandingGreater understanding suggests that more than 1 in 100 individuals in the UK have autism spectrum disorder. The condition varies significantly but close links with ADHD, learning difficulties and mental health issues present significant challenges for treatment and support where it is suggested less than 1 in 4 people working in this field have had specialist training.

We will hear from the following people and further names will be announced shortly…

Sine Møller

National Board of Social Services in Denmark
Our host for the day will be Sine Møller, Psychologist and Speciality Consultant from the National Board of Social Services in Denmark. Sine will open our day by sharing the pioneering work carried out throughout Denmark in the field of autism. Here she will cover subjects such as the reasons behind absence from school and how to deal with the issue, right through to the increased risk of autistic children falling victim to violent or sexual abuse.

Dominic Weston

Triple-P (Positive Parenting Programme)

Dominic Weston is a training and implementation consultant for Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) in the United Kingdom. The Triple P Programme originated in Australia and has been adapted for use in the UK where it is known as Stepping Stones Triple P.  It aims to support the parents of children with Learning Disabilities, developmental delay, additional needs and/or challenging behaviour. The programme is recommended in NICE guidelines for Learning Disabilities/ Challenging Behaviour. Dominic will talk about the principles behind the programme and share some research, implementation examples and outcomes to families.

Lyn Kendall

We are thrilled that Lyn Kendall is able to join us. As well as being a qualified psychologist running her own business Kendall Tuition for gifted and talented children, Lynn is also Mensa’s gifted child consultant.  She has brought up a profoundly gifted son, so Lyn sees the issues surrounding high IQ from all angles! Her expertise is regularly sought by education professionals and government, and she is in demand from the media to talk about the needs of very bright children.  Lyn is also consultant to the popular Channel 4 programme Child Genius

Joanna M. Lee Davies

Joanna runs an ASD unit in a special school in Wales which caters for children with a diagnosis of ASD, without a learning difficulty but with complex autism needs. She is in her final year of a Ph.D research degree in Psychology – researching the overlap between autism and attachment. She regularly sits on the Special Educational Needs decision making panel in Neath Port Talbot LEA.


Hogrefe is Europe’s leading publisher of psychology journals, books and psychometric assessments. Established almost 70 years ago, Hogrefe is a family-owned company, which has grown across Europe in the past 15 years.  Pam Becker, or one of their ADOS-2 and ADI-R trainers will speak about their Autism assessments and training courses.

Michael barton author on autismMichael Barton

Our different day would not be complete without Michael. Author of two books “Its Raining Cats and Dogs” and “A Different kettle of Fish”, Michael defines himself as having high-functioning autism and will give us his insight into what it is like “sitting on the fence” between the neurotypical and autistic worlds. Michael has spoken alongside world-renowned speakers at shows, conferences, schools, workshops, panels and seminars to professionals, teachers, support assistants, mainstream and special needs schools, parents as well as children and adults on the spectrum. He may also have a surprise or two for us at the end of this unique day.


More details and booking information to follow.

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