Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D., and the world’s foremost expert on autism, has confirmed a speaking arrangement with The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. As part of a new programme for 2019 Tony will deliver two talks, ‘Making Friends: Strategies to improve social understanding and friendship skills’ and ‘Managing Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to manage anxiety, sadness and anger’.
The all-day conference, titled by ACAMH ‘What you need to know about Autism’, will be staged at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield, on Wednesday 15 May 2019. Additionally, the event is being offered as a live stream, the only time Tony Attwood will be live streaming an event via the UK in 2019.
The first talk, ‘Making Friends’, sees Tony explain the four stages in the development of friendship, together with strategies to encourage the development of friendship skills and social integration, with practical applications applied in the classroom, playground, and home. The second, ‘Managing Feelings’, explains why children, and adults, with ASD-Level 1 (Asperger’s syndrome) are more prone to have intense emotions and to develop mood disorders, with strategies that can help manage emotions.
Martin Pratt, CEO, The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health said; “Tony Attwood is one of the most inspirational and engaging speakers I have had the privilege of seeing. His insights, tips, and practical applications are not to be missed. We are honoured to have him speak to an ACAMH audience, and delighted that this is the only live stream via the UK.”
Martin continued “The event has a broad reach and will be relevant to those who support autistic children and young people, including; commissioners of health and education services, health professionals, mental health professionals, social care workers and leaders, teachers and support staff, and youth-based service workers and leaders.
“We want to make the event accessible to parents, and carers, of those with autistic children, and are offering a special discounted rate. Additionally, by having the event as a live stream, people from around the globe can join in. Tony is a big draw and we expect the event to sell out, so would encourage people to book now to avoid disappointment.”