We are proud and excited that Tui Na Centre is among the guest speakers on this upcoming Treating Autism International Conference. This is a must for any parent with the child on the spectrum and there are still few places available so please book now.
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The Treating Autism International Conference is two days of information, support and meeting people. Our conference is for parents, carers, people with ASD, and professionals—all of whom can learn about a wide variety of approaches that can improve health, learning, and quality of life for people with autism. As well as gathering information, delegates can find new resources, widen their social circle of people traveling the same path, and take some time to relax and enjoy themselves. Two days of high quality but affordable information and networking could make a big difference to the future. We hope you invest your time with us.
Saturday Morning Track A Presentations
An introduction to Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). Sharon Bradbrook-Armit
Sharon Bradbrook-Armit found herself immersed in the world of autism due to her daughter’s diagnosis in 1995. Sharon was trained in ABA; shadowed her daughter within school; and trained members of her ABA team, but major gaps in her daughter’s learning drove her to continue to search for more answers. In 2004 she came across ‘Solving the Relationship Puzzle’ by Dr. Gutstein, watched the RDI educational video and swiftly signed herself and her husband up for a Parent Workshop and services from a US RDI Consultant. Driven by the changes seen in her daughter she wanted to bring RDI to the UK for others to also benefit and began RDI Consultant training in 2005. Sharon is the founder of Thinking in Shades of Grey Ltd and works with families locally and long-distance as well as with the Bright Futures School. She is studying child and youth development and has had the pleasure of being part of the team working with Dr. Gutstein on developing the Dynamic Intelligence Curriculum. Her presentation will look at the research behind the practice, how RDI addresses core deficit areas, parental empowerment, development of the ASD child’s growth seeking mind, and what an RDI programme entails.
DIR/Floortime – Using joyful interactions to support development and fulfillment. Denise Wilson, MSc.
DIR® stands for Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based and coaches adults in the child’s life in order to support the child to master key developmental capacities for health emotional and intellectual growth, include being calm and feeling comfortable in their bodies, initiating and responding in two-way purposeful communication, and many more. The child develops an understanding of themselves and the world through long chains of back and forth interactions with their caregivers. Denise Wilson, MSc, is a DIR/Floortime Training Leader and runs courses nationally and teaches on the ICDL international online programme. She has been a children’s occupational therapist for 21 years, with further training in sensory integration therapy, neurodevelopmental therapy and sound-based therapy. She is also a qualified play therapist. She has a private practice in Oxfordshire.
Modern ABA: what can it offer to families? A brief exploration of modern Applied Behaviour Analysis and its use with individuals with autism and their families. Risca Solomon, MSc, BCBA
Risca’s family have fostered an individual with autism for the past 15 years. This inspired Risca to complete a Masters degree in Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour. Risca went on to form Skybound Therapies, a multidisciplinary team providing services to children, adolescents and adults with autism and related conditions. Risca is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
An introduction to Intensive Interaction. Sara Moroza-James
Sara Moroza-James is an Intensive Interaction coordinator and the mother of Tom who is 13 and has a diagnosis of autism. Tom benefitted so much from I.I. that Sara trained as a coordinator and now delivers workshops and training both to parents and in schools. Sara has written a book on I.I., regularly writes a blog and runs the Facebook group “Intensive Interaction for parents”. Delegates will learn why Intensive Interaction, a nurturing, child-centred, play-based therapy, works to help children learn and develop more typically via relationships and play. Video footage will demonstrate what this approach can look like and delegates will learn the underlying foundations of implementing Intensive Interaction.
Introduction to the Rapid Prompting Method. Alex Hopwood and Sue Finnes
The Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) is a teaching method which adapts to take into account the unique sensory profile of different learners. The fundamental belief is that all autistic people are intelligent and capable of learning—the main issue they face is not being able to demonstrate their intelligence in a ‘neurotypical’ way. Developed by a mum, Soma Mukhopadhyay, RPM is about building skills that will enable the student to express their learning, reasoning, opinions and thoughts. RPM can be adapted to an age of student, from very young to adult, and to any type of learner, from the verbal who gets stuck in familiar scripts to non-verbal who may have severe motor challenges. Alex and Sue will also be presenting “How to get started with the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)” workshop in the afternoon (see track C, below).
Stella is a Clinical Nutritionist and Specialist in Autism Spectrum Conditions. She has trained extensively in the principles of Functional Medicine, which assesses and addresses the underlying causes of conditions, as well as Genetics and Nutritional Genomics which assesses the relationship between human genome, nutrition and health. Stella is committed to achieving optimum health for children and young adults on the autism spectrum, as well as those with behavioural and learning difficulties, and food and chemical sensitivities. She will be taking a closer look at some of the more complex and often-overlooked issues in autism, alongside available tests and treatments, including Pyroluria, Lyme disease and co-infections, and interpreting and making use of 23andMe genetic tests.
Special yoga for autism. Jo Manuel, Special Yoga Foundation
Jo Manuel is the Founder of Special Yoga Foundation and UK’s leading teacher trainer for therapeutic yoga, with over 25 years of experience working with children with special needs, including autism. Special yoga is a therapeutic intervention based on classical yoga movements adapted appropriately, breathing techniques, deep relaxation, as well as sound, rhythm, sensory integration techniques and massage. Jo will present on the potential of those practices to take the child or adult with autism out of stress and into a relaxed state creating the optimum condition for the possibility of positive change, such as reduction in stress and anxiety and improvements in resilience, self-regulation, balance, motor planning and control, immune function and quality and quantity of sleep. Jo will also discuss how this therapy can benefit the whole family and reduce high levels of stress experienced by parents.
Tui Na is an oriental massage therapy that has been used since ancient times as a division of traditional Chinese medicine. In addition to being used to address physical problems, regular and targeted massage and touch-therapy in general has been shown to stimulate production of calming hormones and regulate sensory processing. Tui Na massage protocol for autism has been developed by Leonid Rozman through his desire to support his own son’s development and improve his quality of life, and to help address various problems prevalent in autism, such as gut, sleep and digestive issues, and speech and articulation problems. Prior to this Leonid had over thirteen years of experience in Eastern philosophies and bodywork. Tui Na massage is holistic and can be used effectively in combination with behavioural and other therapies for autism. In addition, practicing this massage daily can further strengthen the special bond that parents have with their child, and so reduce parental stress and improve their own wellbeing.
To n=1, and beyond. John Rodakis, N of One Autism Research Foundation
John Rodakis is the founder of the US-based non-profit: N of One: Autism Research Foundation. He has a background in molecular biology and spent much of his career doing medical venture capital investing. After his own son was diagnosed with autism, Mr Rodakis started N of One to bring additional funding to promising research in the hope of generating breakthroughs in our understanding of the biology of autism. “After our son was diagnosed, like many parents we began meeting with doctor after doctor but got few answers and little hope. I spent hundreds of hours reviewing medical literature and meeting with top researchers all around the world and it soon became apparent that we actually knew quite a bit about autism, but that some of the most promising theories were not being well funded because they did not fit neatly with the conventional views of autism. I viewed the funding and allocation system as an impediment to significant breakthroughs in research. I knew there had to be a better way and I knew there were many people around the world touched or concerned about the alarming rise of autism and our lack of answers who would like to help. N of One grew out of the desire to get funding to the most promising research to get the answers that these children deserve.” Mr Rodakis will speak on a variety of topics including: his family’s personal journey from diagnosis to research advocate, ways parents can assess and monitor their own child’s condition (the n=1 approach), current directions and promising research in autism, what parents can do to follow, understand, advocate for better scientific research.
Sue Finnes has been running a full-time home-based programme for her son for the last 10 years. Christopher, now aged 17, has autism, is non-verbal, has sensory issues and dyspraxia. Sue has been teaching Chris using the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) since 2011 and has completed the first level training with Soma Mukhopadhyay. She has been so inspired by what she has seen Chris and other students achieve that she wants to empower more parents to use this method with their children. Sue was previously a Senior Training Manager at Lloyds TSB and is now pleased to be able to use her skills helping others learn this approach. She has set up and moderates an international facebook RPM parent support group and has set up a not- for-profit UK Community Interest Company called ‘Unlocking Voices –Using RPM’. Alexandra Hopwood, who is a qualified primary school teacher, has been working with children and adults with Autism since 2008. Since successfully completing her internship in December 2014 with Soma Mukhopadhyay, who developed RPM, Alex has been providing RPM to students and supporting their families to learn. She is passionate about RPM as it can enable students to demonstrate their intelligence and thoughts.
This practical and interactive session will share video footage of RPM teaching method and provide delegates information they will need to begin using this approach, including: working on skills and how to choose them; what to write down; how to teach spelling; how and what type of prompts to give; and how to optimise the learning environment. Delegates will be ‘walked through’ the process while learning how to personalise RPM to different students and where to find RPM resources. There will be a Q and A session.
Have you ever wanted to spend quality time with people who have been living the same experience as you and maybe borrow their brains for a little while? If so, TA would like to invite you to our inaugural ‘TAble Talks!’ Conversations are a way to discover what you know or don’t know about autism. Our TAble TAlks aim to achieve that discovery of knowledge. This is your chance to freely discuss autism issues and intervention in a safe, welcoming atmosphere via small group/table settings. We want to explore the questions that matter to you. We want to encourage everyone involved in these discussions to contribute their ideas and perspectives, whilst also allowing anyone who wants to participate by simply listening to do so. We all have our own expertise and experiences—and so everyone will have the chance to both learn and teach. This information will also feed into the development of Treating Autism’s future strategy, helping Treating Autism to help you.