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Girls on the Autism Spectrum - 'the Big Shout' conference

Girls on the Autism Spectrum - 'the Big Shout' conference - SOLD OUT

Friday 27 January 2017

The Grand Connaught Rooms, London

"There is much shared concern across parents, families and a range of professionals about the vulnerability of girls on the Autistic Spectrum. What is emerging is that the presentation of Autism in Girls is different to the presentation in boys. Yet many of our diagnostic approaches and interventions in education, psychology or therapies have their roots in research conducted with predominantly male populations. Our old adage of “one girl to four boys” on the Autism Spectrum is undoubtedly wrong.

The consequence of this is that girls on the Autism Spectrum are ill-served by a range of services. It is often in the teenage years that these girls are referred with mental ill-health issues and assessments and interventions, we discover only then that they have undiagnosed Autism. They have lived for years of their childhood without the support that could have enabled them to live more fruitfully and at peace with themselves. This conference is a combination of the work to date of the National Forum on Girls with Autism.

Where from here will be down to the participants in the conference. During the day, we will be collecting your thoughts, ideas and responses into a ‘call for action’, that can be presented to politicians, professionals, families and the public. We will need your energy and enthusiasm to ensure that this is truly ‘the Big Shout’, for and with girls on the Autism Spectrum."

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, Conference chair

This conference aims to:

  • provide an update on the work of the Girls with Autism forum
  • gain an insight from the perspective of girls on the Autism Spectrum
  • share effective practice emerging in the field
  • prepare a ‘Call for Action’ that highlights future areas for development

Who should attend

School leaders and SENCOs from Primary, Secondary and Special schools and academies; clinical and educational psychologists; neuroscientists, health professionals, including speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and CAMHS teams; LA officers with responsibility for SEND/ ASD and those working in social care; parents, carers and adults with autism. Health contacts, LGA named links for clinical leads.

Conference fees

NAHT Member rate - £125
Non-member rate - £150
Parent/Carer rate - £125


Click the links below for more information.

Please note programme may be subject to change.

0930   Welcome - Professor Barry Carpenter CBE
          Keynote speaker - Dr Rona Tutt OBE
          Keynote speaker - Professor Francesca Happé - What is known about girls on the Autism Spectrum?
          Girls from Limpsfield Grange


          Building the evidence

          1 - Jane Friswell - What are the issues facing schools?
          2 - Felicity Sedgewick - Where are the gaps in the evidence?
          3 - Ruth Fidler - Do girls receive a diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)?
          4 - Jo Egerton - What does the mini guide tell us about Girls with Autism?


          Keynote speaker - Robyn Steward - Girls become women too!  A wider perspective?
          Discussion Panel:
          Chair - Baroness Hollins (Guest of Honour), Jane Friswell, Dr Carol Povey, Kim Johnson,
                    Sophie Walker and Katie Buckingham
          Practice portfolio:

          1 - Sharonne Horlock - How do you cater for Girls on the Autism Spectrum in a mainstream school?
          2 - Sarah Wild - What are the curriculum issues in a school for girls with autism?
          3 - Sarah-Jane Critchley - How can we improve our understanding of girls on the Autism Spectrum through
               training standards, competencies and partnerships?

          Keynote speaker - Carrie Grant - Living with Autism; a family perspective

1600   Conferences closes

Booking information


However, we are running a waiting list.  If you would like to be added to this list, please email your name and contact details to: events@naht.org.uk.  If a cancellation is received we will offer any places on a first registered, first served, basis.  If you have any other queries about this event you can use the same email address above or call the Professional Development team on 01444 472405.

Please note the booking terms and conditions, all cancellations must be notified in writing. Substitutions of delegate will not be recognised unless prior written notification is submitted before the appropriate event date.