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Current Concepts in Autism –For Health Care Professionals

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Current Concepts in Autism –For Health Care Professionals

9:00am registration for a 9:30am start

This seminar is aimed at professionals working in healthcare settings who would like to increase their knowledge and understanding on this important topic. The seminar will be relevant to nurses, doctors, allied health practitioners and other professionals who work in a variety of settings that may be accessed by individuals who have Autism. The day will explore:

  • The nature of Autism

  • Current issues in Autism, including ethics and neurodiversity

  • The concept of interventions

  • Evidence for interventions

Delivered by Richard Mills who is an international expert in Autism, Richard is the Director of Research Autism in the UK; he holds positions at Taisho University in Japan, University of Bath, NICE, British Institute of Learning Disabilities, Bond University and is an Editorial Board Member of Advances in Autism. He works internationally and recent work includes providing consultancy for Autism Resource Centre Singapore, Inspire Foundation Malta and Meeting of Minds Denmark. Previously he held the position of Director of Research at the National Autistic Society in the UK. Richard says:

"I am keen that people with autism, their families and professionals share their perspectives and expertise with us so that our work remains relevant and helpful and that we are able to reach more people. The cost of autism in both human and economic terms is not currently matched by research funding. The need for high quality research is pressing and a part of my role is to explore all possible avenues to bring additional resources to meet this challenge.’’

Richard will speak to the international research in his presentation, providing an expert overview of the current state of research and practice in regard to support people with Autism and their families. He is an authoritative and entertaining speaker and this is a fantastic opportunity to hear from an expert in the field.

Intervention in autism: a brief review of the literature was published in 2011 by Richard Mills and Stephen Marchant, the one day event will build upon the findings and conclusions of this paper.

There are many treatments and interventions available to families and carers of children with autism, many without any solid evidence base. There are very few interventions that have a solid research base. Even those with the strongest evidence base, such as early intensive behavioural intervention, have not necessarily been found to have a universally positive impact. Recent studies have been methodologically stronger, but there are still many weaknesses in the research to date. This presentation aims to discuss the literature on some of the commonly used and better researched interventions.


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