Autism is a complex developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. People with autism may have difficulties with social communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviours, activities or interests. Autism can affect people in different ways and can often co-exist with other mental health, behaviour, emotional, and sensory problems, which can make getting the right support more challenging.
According to the National Autistic Society, 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, with roughly 150,000 autistic children in the UK. However, many are undiagnosed.
This World Autism Acceptance Week (28 March – 3 April), we encourage you to explore the learning opportunities available on our website, and to share with your networks. Together we can help change attitudes and work towards creating a society that works for autistic children and young people.
We have gathered a range of FREE learning resources from leading academics, clinicians, and researchers to raise awareness this World Autism Acceptance Week.
‘Autism a Parents Guide’ – supported by Clinical Partners
- Episode 1 ‘Identifying Autism – getting the right diagnosis’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian
- Episode 2 ‘Discovering Strengths – how to empower your autistic child’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin
- Episode 3 ‘How autism presents differently in girls’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin
- Episode 4 ‘Coronavirus, and helping children with autism’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin
- Episode 5 ‘Recognising mental health issues’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian
- Episode 6 ‘Food Sensitivities and Proclivities’ with Dr. Vicki Ford
- Episode 7 ‘Tailoring Support CBT and Mindfulness’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian
- Episode 8 ‘Challenging Behaviour and Demand Avoidance’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian
- Episode 9 ‘Self-harm & Self-Injury’ with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Penny Williams
‘OpenHouse on Autism’ – in collaboration with Clinical Partners
- How to help schools help your autistic child with Dr. Lucy Sanctuary, Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Fiona Slomovi
- Tackling low diagnosis for autism in girls with Emma Woodhouse, Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin
- It’s not a tantrum, it’s a meltdown. Creating positivity around emotions with Dr. Lucy Sanctuary, Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin
- In search of a bedtime routine. What to do when your child won’t sleep with Emma Woodhouse, and Dr. Charlie Tyack
- Meal time stress and managing food sensitivities with Dr. Lucy Sanctuary, Dr. Vicki Ford and Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian
- Managing your child’s ‘back to school’ anxiety with Emma Woodhouse, Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin
- Behavioural and Biological Divergence in Monozygotic Twin Pairs Discordant for Autism Phenotypes with Dr. Lynnea Myers
- ADHD, autism, and the elevated risk of later depression with Professor Anita Thapar
- Birth order and autism diagnostic phenotypes with Gail Alvares
Recorded talks, lectures and discussions
- Myth Busting Autism talk and Q&A (recording)
- Autism and Eating Disorders – CAMHS Campfire with Dr. Francesca Solmi, Dr. Lisa Dinkler, lived experience perspective from a young person from the McPin Foundation, Douglas Badenoch, and Andre Tomlin
- ADHD in CYP with autism, and pharmacological treatment – CAMHS Campfire with Dr. Stephanie Ameis, Professor Samuele Cortese, Andre Tomlin, and Douglas Badenoch
- Assessment and Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Children and Adolescents with Dr. Zoe Ellison-Wright
- Autism and Co-existing Conditions in Children with Professor Emily Simonoff, produced by Nip in the Bud
- A collection of FREE Autism Research Digests, containing content from ACAMH’s three main academic outputs the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal, and JCPP Advances.
- Blog ‘Mood Disorders and ASD: What not to miss’ by Dr. Emily Jackson, Dr. Eleanor Smith, and Dr. Aditya Sharma