Autism and Learning Disabilities: Lessons from Research, Policy and Practice

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

Autism and Learning Disabilities: Lessons from Research, Policy and Practice
Date: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm.

Venue: Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

Sponsored by:

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About this conference

In recent times attention has been focused on the needs of children and adults seen as more able or those with Asperger syndrome. This has been important in identifying their difficulties and in promoting approaches that are helpful to them.

With this conference we respond to requests to focus on children and adults who have a learning disability in addition to autism. We will be presenting practical and research-based experience related to the education, care and support of this group, bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field and hearing family perspectives of their needs and aspirations.

Specific themes to be covered include

  • The health needs of children and adults with autism and learning disabilities
  • Implications of the sensory world
  • Approaches to autism and severe communication difficulties.
  • Sleep issues.
  • Family perspectives.
  • The special educational needs of children with autism and learning disabilities.
  • Models of social care and support for adults.


Chaired by:

  • Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism
  • Linda Woodcock, Trainer in challenging behaviour at Studio3, Author, and Mother of a young man with ASD and challenging behaviours

Speakers to include:

  • Dr Julie Beadle-Brown, Reader in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Tizard Centre, University of Kent
  • Dr Gemma Griffith, Lecturer & Research Tutor, School of Psychology, Bangor University
  • Dr Luci Wiggs, Reader in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Juli Crocombe, Clinical Director for Autism and Consultant Psychiatrist, St Andrew's Healthcare
  • Nicci Paine, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, Leap Childrens Therapy
  • Marion Cornick, Founder of The Lodden School and Director of Liaise Lodden Ltd
  • Wendy Bellis, Assistant Clinical Director and Specialist Paediatric Senior Dental Officer for Camden and Islington Community Dental Services
  • Keith Wyncoll, Father and Challenging Behaviours Trainer

Attendees will be presented with research findings; gain insight through sharing of personal experiences, and be given the opportunity to put their questions forward to the experts.

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  • Professionals: £165
  • Professionals and Friends of Research Autism: £148
  • People with autism, parents and carers will be available at the standard rate of £115
  • People with autism, parents and carers who are Friends of Research Autism £105


Hamilton House is home to the headquarters building of the National Union of Teachers. The venue is conveniently located just off Euston Road close to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations. Hamilton House is a fully accessible building.

St Andrew's

Established over 175 years ago, St Andrew's is the UK's leading mental healthcare charity. Their specialist services include mental health, learning disability, autism and brain injury. With services in Northampton, Essex, Birmingham and Nottinghamshire St Andrew's is by far the largest provider of NHS care in the charity sector. For more information please visit the St Andrew's website

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