So on March 11 this happened – I gave a talk for the UK’s National Autistic Society. As a published author you do get asked to write opinion pieces and give talks, but I never take this for granted; it was an honour. If you’re new here, do take a nosy at my book, and other pieces on my author website http://www.suzyrowland.com You can buy copies of the book there, this is better for me as an author, instead of the monies going to Mr. Amazon!
The INTRO – “Making schools work for autistic people Suzy Rowland – Author ‘S.E.N.D. in the Clowns’, Autism and ADHD Trainer, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and parent.
|“The success of interventions to improve the school experience for autistic children depends on many variables: the child’s sensory profile, how intervention tools are used, the child’s temperament, whether the child has co-occuring conditions, the tone and culture of the school, the skill and empathy of the professionals supporting the child – it’s a long list. In this talk, I will discuss some of the main issues that arise in school, namely behaviours, and discuss how we can support autistic children in schools collaboratively and compassionately.”|
There were many inspiring speakers, I particularly enjoyed Dr Vermelen (pictured), sharing his thoughts on coping with anxiety created by ongoing uncertainty (especially during COVID). I’m as passionate about mental health and well-being as I am about education and learning. Feeling sure of yourself, feeling calm, confident and at one with the world, is a gift of our birthright; the gift of being a human being free to express themselves and acquire the knowledge required to fulfil personal goals.
Here is the full list of talks, in case you want to check out any of the other speakers.
- Understanding anxiety: prevention and pitfalls” – Dr Emma Goodall, Autism Consultant.
- “Making schools work for autistic people” – Suzy Rowland, Author ‘S.E.N.D. in the Clowns’, Autism and ADHD Trainer, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and parent.
- “Coping with uncertainty : strategies for well-being” – Dr Peter Vermeulen, PhD in Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences, founder and CEO of Autism in Context, Senior Autism Lecturer and Consultant for Autisme Centraal.
- “A year of stress, depression and attempts at self-care” – Pete Wharmby, Autistic teacher and blogger.
- “What can we learn from the pandemic: the mental health needs of autistic people and their families” – Felicity Stephenson, Policy and Parliamentary Officer (Mental Health), National Autistic Society and Jess D’Cruz, Senior Information Officer, Mind.
- “The effects of adverse life events on the mental health of autistic people with co-occurring intellectual disability” – Dr Sarah Wigham, Senior Researcher at Newcastle University, UK.
- “Interoception and anxiety” – Prof Sarah Garfinkel, Neuroscience and Psychiatry, ICN/UCL.
The lovely autistic and ADHD Lauren-Rochelle Fernandez, Founder of Mask Off Campaign co-hosted beautifully, alongside National Autistic Society’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs Tim Nicholls.
It was a fantastic programme and will help many to unravel the complexity of a neurodevelopment condition with one or more mental illness challenge. I was so thrilled to have really good feedback –
“This presentation by @radiantlady is absolutely brilliant and so relevant to my work.” G. Macpherson, CAHMS Primary Care Nurse
Hi Suzy, I hope you don’t mind me reaching out. I just wanted to say I attended the Autism & Mental Health conference yesterday and really found your talk inspirational. I was diagnosed with ASD in my mid thirties, so really admire the important work you’re doing for younger people on the spectrum.
And when my friend Venessa put details of the event in social media, I saw with my own eyes that 999 eyes listened to my talk! Thank you so much.
© Suzy Rowland