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National Conference – Milton Keynes 31st October 2017

Better Beginnings -supporting parents of young children with autism to focus on early social communication skills with their child through play

If you work with young children with autism and their families don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear the latest on early intervention and support from leading researchers and practitioners

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Group booking discounts available.  (only £100 per delegate for groups of more than 3).

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  • Anna Kennedy OBE chair of conference
  • Vicky Slonims latest research findings from the PACT study(Parent mediated social communication therapy for young children with autism) and what it means for practitioners
  • Emily Rubin how the SCERTS model supports families
  • Gina Davies workingeffectively and joyfully with young children and families
  • Paul Isaacs his own personal experience of autism

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Previous Conferences

NATIONAL CONFERENCE 1ST MAY 2014
A Good Start: early diagnosis and early support for children with autism and their families
Thursday 1st May 2014   9.00am – 4.30pm
The British Library, Euston Road, London

Puzzle Centre hosted this conference, bringing together researchers, practitioners and parent/carers discussing early diagnosis, support and education for children with autism and their families.

Key Topics

  • Autistica’s One in a Hundred report
  • The AET Early Years, Standards and Competencies
  • The AET Early Years Training Materials
  • The neuroscience of autism
  • The SCERTS Educational Model
  • Implementing SCERTS at the Puzzle Centre for preschool children with autism

Chair of Conference:
Dr. Simon Wallace -Research Director, Autistica
Simon gave an overview of Autistica’s  ‘One in a Hundred’  report, published in 2013,  sharing the experiences and views of over 1000 parents and individuals with autism. The report highlighted their findings about living with autism, experiences with the UK health system, and families’ research priorities.

SIMON WALLACE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Main Speakers:
Dr. Karen Guldberg -Director of Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham
Developing good autism practice in the Early Years

KAREN GULDBERG POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP -Educational Outreach Specialist, Marcus Autism Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Session one: How neuroscience informs social emotional development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; implications for preschool support
Session two: The SCERTS Educational Model for early years settings

EMILY RUBIN:  PRESENTATIONS NOT AVAILABLE – ISSUED AS HARD COPY AT EVENT
CLICK HERE FOR A WEBINAR FROM EMILY RUBIN
Scroll down to find Emily Rubin’s webinar from February
2013 entitled, Neurodevelopment and social competence in autism spectrum
disorder.

This webinar explains how current research in neurodevelopment fosters
understanding of how learning differences in ASD impact the development
of social competence.

Alexandra Stanyer, MA (Infant Spec. Ed.) Principal, Puzzle Centre
Kathryn Bowers, B.Sc (Hons) Head of Centre, Puzzle Centre
Using the SCERTS Model to support our children and families

ALEX STANYER AND KATHRYN BOWERS POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

PREVIOUS CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS BEFORE 2014

As part of our aim to support and train Early Years’ practitioners in the Puzzle Centre’s methods and approaches we hosted a national conference “Autism in the Early Years – What is good practice?” for 160 delegates at Horwood House near Buckingham in 2010. The conference was chaired by our Patron Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and our keynote speaker was Professor Tony Charman, Chair in Autism Education at the Institute of Education. The delegates were working with over 2,000 children with autism with less than 5 years from around the United Kingdom.

 

Information about the Puzzle Centre conference 2010:

This one day conference to discuss best practice in early intervention and education for young children with autism was held at Horwood House on 2nd July 2010. The following documents are available:

Click on the following link to download and read the Post-conference press-statement

Presentations:

Enabling Inclusion: Key Components of ‘Best Autism Practice’ in the Early Years, by Dr Karen Guldberg, Director of Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham. Click the follwing link to download and read Autism in the Early Years – Enabling Inclusion.

Early Intervention in Autism: What do we know? What do we need?, by Professor Tony Charman, Chair in Autism Education, Institute of Education, London. Click the follwing link to download and read Autism in the Early Years – What do we know.

Small Group Early Intervention for Autism, by Alex Stanyer, Principal of Puzzle Centre, and Becky Ralphs, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Puzzle Centre. Click the follwing link to download and read Autism in the Early Years – Small Group Early Intervention.