Autism & Intellectual Disabilities – Expert analysis, new research: what works


Event type National Conference

Royal College of Physicians London

The Jack Tizard Memorial Lecture and Conference will be held over 2 days, day one focussing on Intellectual Disabilities, day two on Autism. 

Under the theme ‘Expert analysis, new research: what works’ you will hear from world-leading experts delivering the latest evidence and best practice examples, that will shape people’s knowledge.

Sharing new research, disseminating evidence, and working collaboratively is essential to promote best practice, and we are proud to be working with partners the National Autistic SocietyAutistica, and BILD.

Detailed below is the Programme, there is also information About the speakers and About the talks.


Day 1 – Intellectual Disabilities

09.00 Welcome from Prof Stephen Scott CBE FRCPsych FMedSci, Chair of ACAMH

09.10 – 09.45 Viv Cooper OBE, Founder and CEO The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Supporting individuals with learning disabilities who display behaviour described as challenging: Getting the right support in the right place at the right time
09.45 – 09.55 Q & A

Medical Management?
09.55 – 10.20 Dr Dave Branford, Independent Consultant Pharmacist (mental health and learning disabilities), English Pharmacy Board
‘STOMP and the appropriate use of psychotropic medication for children with a learning disability’

10.20 – 10.45 Dr Pru Allington-Smith, Dual-trained Consultant Psychiatrist, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Medication for children with learning disabilities

10.45 – 11.00 Q&A

11.00 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.15 Jack Tizard Memorial Lecture – Prof Chris Oliver, Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
‘Through different eyes: The importance of aetiology for understanding the lived experience and behaviour of children with Intellectual Disability’
12.15 – 12.55 Q&A

12.25 – 12.45 ACAMH AGM (ACAMH Members Only)

12.45 – 13.55 Lunch (poster judging)

13.55 Afternoon session welcome –  Dr Mark Lovell, dual-trained Consultant Child and Adolescent Learning Disability Psychiatrist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

14.00 – 14.35 Prof Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Head of Dept, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, KCL
‘The role of Psychiatry in the care of people with Intellectual Disability’ 
14.35 – 14.45 Q & A

14.45 – 15.20 Professor Paul Gringras, Professor of Children’s Sleep Medicine & Neurodisability, Evelina London
‘Assessment & Treatment of Sleep Difficulties in Young People with Developmental Disorders – what’s new?’
15.20 – 15.30 Q & A

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 16.10 Poster winners presentation

16.10 – 17.00  Panel Discussion of Speakers from the day chaired by Dr Mark Lovell

17.00 Day 1 close

Day 2 – Autism

09.00 Welcome from Prof Stephen Scott CBE FRCPsych FMedSci, Chair of ACAMH

9.10 – 09.45 Dr Ginny Russell, Interdisciplinary Senior Research Fellow in mental health and developmental disorders, Egenis & Uni Exeter Med School
‘Time trends in diagnosis of ASD: explanations & evidence’
09.45 – 09.55 Q & A

09.55 – 10.30 Professor Tony Charman & Dr Vicky Slonims, Tony is Chair, Clinical Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, KCL. Vicky is Senior Consultant SLT, Evelina London
‘Early intervention in autism spectrum disorder: The Preschool Autism Communication Trial (PACT)’
10.30 – 10.40 Q & A

10.40 – 11.00 President’s Medal Presentation

11.00 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.15 Jack Tizard Keynote Lecture – Prof Cathy Lord, Director, Institute Brain Development New York – Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College & Columbia University Medical Center
‘Autism: 2 – 26’
12.15 – 12.25 Q & A

12.25 – 12.45 Jack Welch, Youth Patron & Ambassador for a number of autism charities
‘Experiences of autistic people engaging with professionals’

12.45 – 13.55 Lunch (poster judging)

13.55 Afternoon session welcome – Prof Frances Gardner, Professor of Child and Family Psychology, and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, in the Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford

14.00 – 14.35 Professor Francesca Happe, Director of MRC Centre & Head of Dept of SDGP, KCL
‘Developmental effects of ‘mind-blindness’ in autism spectrum disorder’
14.35 – 14.45 Q & A

14.45 – 15.20 Justin Price, Headteacher, Freemantles School
The overwhelming importance of emotional well-being and happiness for children and young people with Autism
15.20 – 15.30 Q & A

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 16.10 Poster winners presentation

16.10 – 17.00 Panel Discussion of Speakers from the day chaired by Prof Frances Gardner

17.00 Conference closes