CAIDPN 2021 Annual Conference


Event type Live Stream

Live stream via Zoom
This event is organised by CAIDPN, a group of psychiatrists across the UK and Ireland who work with children who have an intellectual disability and mental health needs.

This conference promises to bring together different professionals mainly within CAMHS and Intellectual Disability and present their latest work.

The event is open to all clinicians working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Intellectual Disability and other groups with special interest in the topics being presented.

It aims to present the knowledge and latest research by national and international experts. It would provide an opportunity to learn about novel developments, exchange ideas on key topics between clinicians/other professionals who have shared interests and facilitate a space to get together/socialise.

Organisers: Dr. Anu Devanga, Dr. Asha Gowda, Prof. Jeremy Turk, Dr. Anna Gibson, and Dr. Fiona Macdiarmid – Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight

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08:45 – 09:15 Login, Settle

09:15 – 09:25 Welcome & Introduction to the morning’s topics and speakers. Chair Dr. Asha Gowda
09:25 – 10:35 Self-injurious behaviour in children with intellectual disability: from research to practiceDr. Caroline Richards, Senior Lecturer in Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Clinical Psychologist, University of Birmingham. Chair Dr. Asha Gowda
10:35 – 10:55 Q & A

10:55 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45 ‘Self-Injurious Behaviours – Pharmacotherapy and Case Discussions’ Panel of Dr. Pru Allington Smith, Dr. Karen Bretherton, Dr. Sarah Bernard, and Dr. Ashley Liew (Consultant Psychiatrists – CAMHS ID). Chair Prof Jeremy Turk

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 13:40 Introduction to the afternoon’s topics and speakers. Chair Dr. Fiona Macdiarmid and Prof Jeremy Turk
13:40 – 14:40 Autism and LD and ethnicity Ken Greaves, Chartered Psychologist, KMG Consultancy. Chair Prof Jeremy Turk
14:40 – 15:00 Q & A

15:00 – 15:15 Tea Break

15:15 – 16:45 “Bubbles, Spiders and Ladders – Sensory Integration in Practice” Sensory Integration in Learning Disability and Mental Health Roz Urwin, Director of Mindsenseability, and Kathryn Smith, (Kath), Consultant Occupational Therapist and Research Active EASI UK & Ireland Lead Dr. Fiona Macdiarmid. Chair Dr. Fiona Macdiarmid
16:45 – 17:00 Final comments, reflections, Close Dr. Anu Devanga

About the speakers

Dr. Caroline Richards
Dr. Caroline Richards

Dr. Caroline Richards, Senior Lecturer in Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Clinical Psychologist, University of Birmingham

Dr. Richards leads a programme of research at the University of Birmingham which aims to improve clinical outcomes for children with intellectual disability, autism and rare genetic syndromes. She use experimental, epidemiological, single case and meta-analytic techniques to delineate risk markers, improve precision in models of mechanism and develop novel, proactive interventions. Her work on self-injurious behaviour in children with intellectual disabilities is funded by the Medical Research Council, Medical Research Foundation, Cerebra and the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund.

Dr. Ken Greaves, Chartered Psychologist, KMG Consultancy Ltd. London

Dr. Ken Greaves specialises in working with children, young people and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or related neuro-diverse conditions. He has worked as a Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist for many years and as a Specialist Consultant Psychologist for Cambridge University.

Ken currently provides therapeutic support for adolescents and adults who have Asperger Syndrome. He is part of the clinical diagnostic team at the Lorna Wing Centre and a consultant for the National Autistic Society (NAS). He has extensive experience in working with people from Minority Ethnic communities and is currently writing a chapter on Autism, Ethnicity and Culture for a book on EP practice.

Ros Urwin, MSc (Rehabilitation Science) Dip COT (Consultant Occupational Therapist)

Clinician, Lecturer, Mentor, Research Active (EASI Lead England) and mother, gardener, dog walker and sailor…

Ros is a Director of Mindsenseability MSA, an innovative, independent practice in the New Forest, England. An integrated education and therapy practice, working with young people (aged 25 years and under) who have Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism and associated diagnoses, including Sensory Integration (SI) difficulties, Ros works within a multi-disciplinary health and education team; Ros also works with adults. As an occupational therapist, Ros has sought to engage individuals with difficulties participating in daily life (self-care, leisure and learning/work) to be able to reach their goals; latterly focusing on how difficulties in sensory processing and integration contribute to the underlying foundations for successful occupation and participation.

Ros completed her MSc (Rehabilitation Science) at Southampton University in 2003. Published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2005, she explored the effectiveness of Sensory Integrative Therapy on five adults with learning disabilities and sensory modulation disorders.

Ros has worked for over 30 years in the NHS in Dorset and Hampshire, latterly as Professional OT Lead and the clinical for Intellectual Disabilities across the lifespan. She was previously a recognised teacher, mentor and e-mentor with Ulster University, while the Education Director at SI Network.

Ros’ Sensory Integration (SI) journey began when working with adults with profound intellectual disabilities and mental health problems in the 1990s.

Ros has held various roles on the Board of Directors at SI Network including Postgraduate Education Director, with responsibility for the development of the Masters’ pathway in Sensory Integration with Ulster University. She continues to present at national and international conferences to occupational therapists and wider audiences.

Ros provides invaluable supervision and mentorship to colleagues, staff and students. In recent years, Ros has volunteered with a local charity, taking students and OT students to work with Romanian volunteers and OT students on summer projects with disadvantaged young people with disabilities in Romania.

ASI Wise was established in 2017 to deliver Ayres’ Sensory Integration education to occupational therapists in the UK and Ireland. This organisation delivers the CLASI CASI programme and has membership of ICEASI.

Ros is the EASI Lead for England and has mentored and rated Fidelity for the Cardiff University NIHR SENITA Study, exploring the application of Ayres’ Sensory Integration for children with Autism in the UK.

Kathryn (Kath) Smith, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Research Active EASI UK and Ireland Lead

BSc (OT), MRCOT, Director ASI Wise and MBB Connections

Kath’s postgraduate education in Ayres’ Sensory Integration started in the early 1990s while she was working in a CAMHS setting in South Africa, including with young people with trauma and in secure accommodation. On moving to the UK, Kath’s passion for ASI informed the innovation of services and products to support clients across the lifespan with sensory integration challenges; including assessment tools, parenting skills card, care pathways and intervention resources.

Building on her experience using SI within learning disability services, Kath combined DBT and Sensory Integration creating practical solutions for use in acute mental health. In 2002, her development and application of Sensory Ladders to support clients with trauma was visionary. As a 2005 Medical Futures Award finalist, Kath established The Sensory Project to promote ASI across the lifespan; with the creation of the Parenting Through the Senses programme. Her All About Me sensory formulations to promote self-regulation in mental health; with reduced inpatient admissions, use of restraint alongside improved anticipation in everyday life. With her growing expertise and innovative practice of ASI across the lifespan, Kath was invited to collaborate with Ros Urwin to develop and lecture the application of SI beyond Childhood, an area as yet unchartered by SI Network. Kath has published in peer-reviewed journals about the application of Ayres SI across the lifespan.

‘In recognition of her clinical ability, innovative spirit and passion to develop Sensory Integration approaches for mental health settings’, in 2007 she was awarded ‘Occupational Therapist of the Year’ by the British Association of Occupational Therapy/College of Occupational Therapists. As an accredited university lecturer and researcher, since 2005, Kath has explored and developed innovative teaching and learning methods, combining face to face and online technology to create early blended learning solutions; including telehealth. A member of the ICEASI Committee, representing therapists from the UK and Ireland, Kath is EASI Regional Lead for UK and Ireland Research Project.

Established in 2017 to safeguard occupational therapist-led Ayres’ Sensory Integration across the UK and Ireland, ASI Wise delivers the ICEASI accredited CLASI Certification in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI). Kath’s passion for supporting others to learn about Ayres’ Sensory Integration is evident in her enthusiasm for promoting and sharing ways of working alongside those with sensory integration and processing challenges.


CAIDPN is a group of psychiatrists across the UK and Ireland who work with children who have an intellectual disability and mental health needs. The role of the network is to encourage sharing of skills, knowledge and experience, to provide peer supCAIDPN is a group of psychiatrists across the UK and Ireland who work with children who have an intellectual disability and mental health needs.

This includes working with academic partners to advance clinical research that will benefit the care and services for this group of young people. We aim to arrange four conferences each year which support continuing professional development and allow networking and peer discussion of complex cases.