Presentations from: Autism Plus: Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Autism

Arrows The Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars presents

Autism Plus: Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Autism

Date: Wednesday 4 December 2013, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Venue: Senate House, London WC1E


About this conference

Supported by

Hesley Group logoResearch has shown that autism and Asperger syndrome are frequently accompanied by a host of psychological and psychiatric disorders and other medical conditions. Often labelled as 'complex', these conditions are common in autism. If not understood they lead to inappropriate and unhelpful treatment approaches resulting in poor outcomes and stressful lives.

The most recent Research Autism Lorna Wing conference focussed on stress. Responding to feedback from delegates we will continue to explore the stress theme but more specifically how co occurring conditions such as depression and anxiety, sleep, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect children and adults on the autism spectrum. We shall also discuss approaches to diagnosis and assessment and importantly intervention. The importance of prevention and reduction of stress is also recognised as important and in promoting positive mental and physical health in the child or adult affected by autism and their family.


Chaired by:

  • Richard Mills, Research Director, National Autistic Society and Research Autism
  • Damian Milton, Autism Consultant and Scientific Advisory Committee member, Research Autism


  • Dr Helen Pearce, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Autism and Complexity (PDF document) Please note: some of Miriam Cooper's slides are incorporated within this presentation.
  • Professor Paul Gringras, Paediatric Neurodisability and Sleep, Guys and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust. (Presentation pending)
  • Dr Kate Tchanturia, Reader in Psychology of Eating Disorders, Psychological Medicine, King's College, London. Autism and/or Eating Disorders (PDF document)
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