Girls and Autism: New Perspectives – Many Voices Girls with autism are often overlooked for support because their identifying behaviours can be different to that of boys. Without a diagnosis, girls on the autism spectrum can struggle with extreme stress, leading to mental health issues, problem behaviours, school refusal or other outcomes which impact on their quality of life.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Special Education Teachers; SENCOS; Speech and Language Therapists; Occupational Therapists; Psychologists; Parents; Professionals;

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Trainer(s)
Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE, PhD

Date of Training
11 October 2019

Location
Jumeirah English Speaking School, The Ranches, Dubai

Duration of Course
Half Day

Timings
8.00am - 11.30am

Course Fee
600 AED (Excl VAT)

Accreditations
KHDA; DHA 2.5 points

Course Details: Girls and Autism: New Perspectives – Many Voices

Girls with autism are often overlooked for support because their identifying behaviours can be different to that of boys. Without a diagnosis, girls on the autism spectrum can struggle with extreme stress, leading to mental health issues, problem behaviours, school refusal or other outcomes which impact on their quality of life. Traditionally, professionals have worked to a 1 girl to 4 boys ratio. However, through emerging research, evidence has shown that the diagnostic instruments used are ‘blunt’, male orientated, and do not adequately illuminate the female profile of Autism. Collaborative work across a range of disciplines, (education, psychology, neuroscience etc,) with families, and with girls and women with Autism has captured new information which has strengthened the support and interventions we are now able to offer to girls with Autism. What are the implications of these new findings for evidence based practice in Education? How can practitioners improve their observations and enhance engagement, leading to earlier identification of girls with Autism?

This presentation will be informed by new findings to be published in Carpenter, B., Happé F., and Egerton, J. (2019) Girls and Autism; Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives, London: Routledge. (April, 2019.)

Aim of the Course:
Attendees will learn about the unique qualities associated with girls on the spectrum - how to identify and accommodate these girls, with particular emphasis on school based support.

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About the speaker Professor Barry Carpenter (CBE, OBE, PhD)

Barry Carpenter was recently appointed to the UK’s first Professorship in Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University. He is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford. He has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. In 2017 he was entered into "Who’s Who" in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of Special Education. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Headteacher, Principal, Academic Director, Chief Executive, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. A major outcome of that research was the pedagogy around Engagement for Learning; this model has been adopted as the basis for new statutory assessment for children with SEND to be implemented in 2020. He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. His work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. He has written extensively on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and co-authored the seminal text, "Engaging Learners with Complex Needs" (Routledge). Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, USA, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation, he chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He is currently chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls on the Autism Spectrum. This will be the focus of his 2019 book. Barry has 3 children – one a School Principal, one a Senior Occupational Therapist in Child Mental Health, and a daughter with Down’s Syndrome, who now has a home of her own, published her first book in 2017, and is on an Apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant.

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