Exploring Autism

"One of the most informative and thought-provoking classes I have attended, and I have been left with a much better understanding of what autism is and how it affects children and adults. It's actually been such a huge awakening for me..."

Mental Health Worker
ABOUT

This interactive and enjoyable session explores what autism feels like from the inside and the impact of the condition on individuals. It examines autism in a social context as well as looking at the range of autistic traits. The training is suitable for anyone interested in autism. Health and social care practitioners, autistic adults, and parents of autistic children, have all found it useful. The session was initially developed for therapists and counsellors, as they were not identifying autistic clients and thus were finding it challenging to help them. It soon became apparent that others were coming along and benefiting. The stories shared were helpful and the mixture of participants enriches the experience for everyone. A certificate of attendance or CPD certificate can be provided if required. There are experiential exercises and time for discussion and questions so participants can learn from each other as well as from the facilitator.

TOPICS COVERED
  • An overview of autism
  • Why do people have social and communication differences?
  • How and why do autistic people respond to information in unusual ways?
  • Autistic strengths and challenges
  • Why is autism often left unidentified?
  • Interactive exercises and discussion
LOCATION

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We don’t want cost to prevent people who would benefit from this course from attending, so if the price is a serious obstacle for you, contact us to ask about concessionary rates.

Recognising Autism

"Caroline knows her stuff and delivers it with passion and humour."

Counsellor
ABOUT

Autism is a common but invisible condition, which is why most autistic adults are undiagnosed. Myths and misunderstandings abound and often get in the way of autism being identified and understood. This talk explores some of the ways in which autistic people think, feel and experience the world. It will help you better understand your autistic friends, family, employees, colleagues or volunteers and as an added bonus be more aware of your own thought processes.

TOPICS COVERED
  • What is autism?
  • How prevalent is autism and who does it affect?
  • How does autism affect people?
  • Personal Stories
  • Question and Answer session
LOCATION

Currently taking place online via Zoom.

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Featured Trainers

AutAngel features established and up-and-coming Autistic trainers. If you'd like to be included in this list, please contact Caroline.

Caroline Hearst

Caroline at Autism Matters provides autism awareness courses and talks as well as onsite training for therapists and employers. She also offers individual consultations for those wishing to discuss autism related issues confidentially.

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BIO

Caroline self-identified and was diagnosed as autistic in her fifties having previously qualified as an art-psychotherapist and worked in a variety of roles including librarian, trade union recruiter and adult educator. Following her diagnosis she designed training about autism for practitioners in the mental health service. She prides herself of facilitating interactive sessions which offer an informed insider perspective on autism. She has written about autism in OpenMind, Therapy Today and The Psychotherapist, and edited the book Being Autistic. She is the founder of AutAngel and has designed and developed a post-identification peer support programme. She was an Autism Professionals Award winner in 2017.

Website: Autism Matters

FEES

One day session £500 - £800 (depends on numbers, type of organisation and what is required). Talks are from £150 by arrangement. One hour consultation via Skype or phone is from £45.

LOCATION

UK-wide and international.

Andrew Carpenter

Andrew offers bespoke training and has a particular interest in autism and mental health. He's typically delivered courses on Autism Awareness and Adapting Practice. As a Director of the National Brokerage Network, Andrew also offers accredited training on Support Brokerage/Support Planning and on all aspects of Self-Directed Support, Personalisation, and Personal Budgets. He has teaching qualifications and over 18 years of experience as both teacher and trainer. Andrew is the Public Champion for Mobilising Community Assets with NHS England (London) and sits on their Personalisation and Self-Care delivery board.

TOPICS COVERED
  • Autism and mental health
  • Self-Directed Support, Personalisation and Personal Budgets
BIO

Andrew was diagnosed with autism at the age of 41, having previously experienced mental health issues throughout his life. Andrew worked in Direct Payments specifically for people with a learning disability, many of whom were autistic, and ensured that some very complex information was made more accessible. He has trained hundreds of people from all walks of life, including local authorities and third sector/user-led organisations. Andrew has recently delivered bespoke autism training to IAPT students and to mental health staff for CNWL NHS Trust. Andrew’s feedback is always positive and trainees find him an engaging speaker. Occasionally, people even laugh at his jokes…

Website: London Brokerage Network

FEES

Autism training is bespoke and therefore fees are dependent on your requirements, but will be competitive. Support Brokerage training and prices are on my website.

LOCATION

UK-wide and international.

Richard Woods

Richard Woods offers mentoring, Skype consultations, general and bespoke training, workshops and conference talks. Areas include:

TOPICS COVERED
  • Autism and anxiety
  • Autism and ethics
  • Autism, an introduction
  • Autism strategies
  • Disability studies introduction
  • Monotropism theory (an interest based account of autism)
  • PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)
BIO

Richard Woods is a leading author on Demand Avoidance Phenomena (Pathological Demand Avoidance) and an editor of the autistic-led good practice journal, Autism Policy and Practice. He has delivered training sessions in both the UK and internationally. ​He completed his BSc Technological Physics at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2016. After his diagnosis in 2012, he was pivotal to the running of the Autistic-led society at NTU until 2014. Since 2013, Mr Woods has been working in schools in his local area, undertaking roles such as a mentor. Currently, he is an independent scholar pursuing an Interest Based Account of autism (monotropism theory). Mr Woods’ is involved with Participatory Autism Research Collective. When not advancing autistic persons’ rights, Mr Woods can be found immersing himself in cyber-goth style music and socialising with his friends. Ironically, he resides in Nottingham, the source of Rational Demand Avoidance.

Website: Rational Demand Avoidance

FEES

Mentoring and Skype sessions, £40 per hour, plus travel costs; training events, £50 per hour, plus travel costs; day rates, £250, plus travel costs.

LOCATION

Based in Nottingham, willing to travel.

Shona Murphy

Shona offers bespoke training and presentations. Some examples of recent ones are:

TOPICS COVERED
  • Autistic parenthood
  • Challenging behaviour: who is challenging who?
  • From ableism to activism
BIO

​Shona Murphy is currently researching Autistic Parenthood for her dissertation which is the final piece of work to achieve her MA in Autism. She is an autistic mother to two autistic children who are both home educated due to problems with school. She has had her own business for 17 years. With an academic background in autism, lived experience and daily engagement with the autistic community Shona is able to offer a broad perspective on autism to a variety of audiences.

Website: Shona Murphy

FEES

Fees are variable. Enquire via her website.

LOCATION

Shona is based in the North of England but will travel.

Cos Michael

Cos Michael specialises in issues around adult autism and ageing. She offers conference presentations, talks and training. Subjects covered include: • Autism and ageing: health and welfare • Being autistic; a personal perspective • The impact of sensory issues in everyday life • Autism and ageing; social and residential support • Autism and ageing: introduction • Supporting ageing autistic adults Fees: Negotiable Location: UK-wide and international. Bio: Cos was diagnosed as autistic aged 50. She spent several years at the NAS, leading the Autism and Ageing projects, which won the Autism Professionals Award for Outstanding Adult Services in 2014. Cos has specific knowledge of issues around autism and growing older. She has worked with researchers on various projects around health and welfare in autistic adulthood and ageing. Publications include an editorial in the journal, Autism, on Why we need research about autism and ageing, a chapter in The Challenge and Promise of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life, Ed: Scott Wright. JKP, 2016 and co-authorship of various research papers. Cos is often invited to speak at conferences.

TOPICS COVERED
  • Autism and ageing: health and welfare
  • Being autistic; a personal perspective
  • The impact of sensory issues in everyday life
  • Autism and ageing; social and residential support
  • Autism and ageing: introduction
  • Supporting ageing autistic adults
BIO

Cos was diagnosed as autistic aged 50. She spent several years at the NAS, leading the Autism and Ageing projects, which won the Autism Professionals Award for Outstanding Adult Services in 2014. Cos has specific knowledge of issues around autism and growing older. She has worked with researchers on various projects around health and welfare in autistic adulthood and ageing. Publications include an editorial in the journal, Autism, on Why we need research about autism and ageing, a chapter in The Challenge and Promise of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life, Ed: Scott Wright. JKP, 2016 and co-authorship of various research papers. Cos is often invited to speak at conferences.

Website: Autism Age

FEES

Fees: Negotiable.

LOCATION

UK-wide and international.

Wenn Lawson

Dr. Wenn B. Lawson PhD, CPsychol AFBPsS MAPs is happy to conduct adult autism assessments, professional development, facilitate teacher training, share at parent support groups & run training programs for those wanting to understand autism better. Dr. Wenn’s work is research based, but also practical, down to earth and applicable to parents, professionals and others wanting to understand autism and make a difference.

TOPICS COVERED
  • Adult autism assessments
  • Professional development
  • Facilitation of teacher training
  • Sharing at parent support groups
  • Training programs for those wanting to understand autism better
BIO

Psychologist, lecturer and author, Dr. Wenn has run his own business for 25 years. Being on the autism spectrum, Dr. Wenn is passionate about the rights of those who so often cannot speak for themselves. Dr. Wenn is the parent of four children (three of whom are on the autism spectrum) and grandparent to three granddaughters also on the on the autism spectrum. Dr. Wenn is currently Senior Consultant Complex Support, with the South Australian Government, Education Department; Researcher with McQuarrie University Sydney; Research Associate of Curtin Uni, WA; Teaching Fellow with Birmingham University, UK, and a sessional lecturer at other universities. He resides on several boards and is a member and advisor to researchers with the CRC in Australia. He has written numerous books (and papers) on the topic of autism in a variety of guises (e.g. females on the spectrum; older & ageing in autism; mental health & education, gender divergent & neuro-divergence in autism). Dr. Wenn has received a number of awards, such as the Australian and Pacific Autism Award; The Naturally Autistic Community Award; Australian of the year (fourth in the State); The Author of the year and Most Esteemed Speaker.

Website: Wenn Lawson

FEES

Available on request (typically range from £250 for assessments, with report, to £800 for a day’s training).

LOCATION

Dr. Wenn is often in the UK (including from March 16 till May 20, 2020). He also does consultations over Skype and email.

Paul Isaacs

Paul Isaacs Autism offers training options on a range of general topics:

TOPICS COVERED
  • Employment
  • Job centres
  • Home
  • Travelling (public services, buses, trains, taxis)
  • friendships
  • Specialist education
  • Special residential care
  • Mental health services (CAMHS & adult services) and centres (for example Restore in Oxford)
  • Diagnostic criteria DSM 5
  • Parents (help and advice/consultancy)
  • Life skills/daily living
  • Advocating different forms of communication (people who are functionally non-verbal, with experiences of being non-verbal myself) that can be in daily living, education and other scenarios
  • Life with autism (from early years to present covering a wide area of contexts, information)
  • On some broader contextual topics such as sensory issues, language processing, co-occurring learning difficulties, mental health co-conditions, personality development, creativity, employment and education, positive thinking and mindfulness, and experiences of different autism “systems” being an autism consultant.
  • Website: Paul Isaacs

BIO

FEES

Speaking, training consulting: £50. Travel: mileage 40p per mile and/or travel ticket reimbursement.

LOCATION

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (longer distances can be discussed). Overseas Skype presentations & Google video presentations (same fee applies).

Robyn Steward

All training is bespoke and built around individual clients needs. Training includes practical strategies friendly and understandable explanations of theory and how this looks in real life, worked into this is my own experience and and how this might be different to others. Not afraid to tackle difficult topics such as sex and abuse. People I have delivered training for include: teachers, TAs, OTs, SLTs, psychologists, paediatricians, judges, social workers (children and adult), support workers (children and adult), prison officers and parents and carers. Talks can be delivered to a wide range of groups: parents, young people, schools assemblies (age 5 +), 6th form, events, etc. Consultancy work includes specialist in media (TV , radio , print, web).

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BIO

Robyn Steward has been a trainer for over 10 years, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at 11, she has nine other disabilities, she was educated in mainstream schools. She is a trainer believing in providing the theory in terms of real life experiences, and how this varies from person to person. She also provides lots of practical strategies and tools, and suggestions for further reading/learnings. She is also a speaker to both adults and children, and has conference co-chairing experience. Robyn is author of The Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum (JKP 2013). Robyn is keen to understand the perspectives of others on the Autism spectrum and she is a visiting research associate at CRAE (Centre for Research in Autism and Education) at the Institute of Education, University College London. In 2015 Robyn was joint awardee of the National Autistic Societies professional award for Outstanding achievement by an individual on the autism spectrum.

Website: Robyn Steward

FEES

Competitive rates upon request.

LOCATION

Internationally, travel independently.

Zaffy Simone

Zaffy Simone works in support of people with a learning disability and those on the autism spectrum and is set up as a self-employed consultant on autism. Zaffy trains staff and parent groups, offers face to face and email consultation and works as a mentor and advocate with autistic people.

TOPICS COVERED

    Zaffy teaches yoga, meditation, mindfulness and is a breathing coach. He speaks about his journey from a holistic perspective and how these practices and therapies enabled him to have a full happy, healthy life. Zaffy also works for a national charity advising carers how to support people with learning disability and/or autism.

BIO

Diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum at the age of 39, Zaffy Simone lives with Lucy and their cat and dog in Nottinghamshire. Zaffy has struggled throughout life with sensory, social and learning issues, and has put lots of energy into learning how to manage a very sensitive nervous and sensory system. Zaffy’s diagnosis was a relief, ‘my diagnosis has been positive and beneficial, it was a final piece of the puzzle for me and my aim now is to help others by raising awareness and understanding of what it means to be on the autism spectrum.’ Art has always been a form of communication for Zaffy. Zaffy uses art and cartoons to show what it is like to be on the spectrum and to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people.

Website: Zaffy

FEES

Available on request.

LOCATION

Available on request.

Richard Maguire

Richard Maguire offers individual mentoring support from £40 an hour, family training sessions from £40 an hour and training to organisations from £50 an hour. He usually works closely with police forces, etc.

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BIO

Richard Maguire offers individual mentoring support from £40 an hour, family training sessions from £40 an hour and training to organisations from £50 an hour. He usually works closely with police forces, etc.

Website: Autism Live Training 

FEES

Day rate training from £250 plus travel costs.

LOCATION

UK-wide.

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