The Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars present
Autism and challenging behaviour - it doesn't have to be like this
Date: Wednesday 27th June 2012, 8.45am - 4.30pm | Venue: Ambassadors Hotel, London, W1
We are delighted to announce that Rompa Ltd, world leaders in sensory equipment and multi-sensory environments, supported the conference and had a stand there.
Individuals with autism who display what are referred to as 'challenging behaviours' are known to be among the most vulnerable in society. The appalling events that led to the closure of Winterbourne View hospital in Bristol last year are just the latest in a very long line of similar cases that have occurred over many decades. We continue to see families struggling daily with the enormous demands of managing such behaviours in the home - often to breaking point. We see staff in schools and care services struggling to manage and vulnerable individuals frequently excluded. But does it have to be like this?
Despite growing evidence of poor efficacy and the harm they do we continue to see young people prescribed powerful drugs to mask the effects of pain, their personality or their attempts to communicate. We see restrictive physical interventions, punitive sanctions and the physical and emotional abuse of people who are already suffering huge levels of stress and anxiety. Additionally they may be placed far away from their homes- often at a high financial cost and for very long periods of time. But does it have to be like this?
This conference, chaired by Lorna Wing and Richard Mills, brought together some of the foremost experts in the field to share their experiences of working with this exceptionally vulnerable group.
Speakers described research and methods of working that have been shown to be effective and ethical yet avoiding those approaches that cause harm not just to the person but to all of those concerned.
The conference is of interest to individuals with autism, parents, health; social care and education professionals and all who have an interest in learning about more effective ways of working with children and adults affects by autism- and who wish to invest in the development of practices that are ethical, respectful and humane and are fit for purpose.
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