Good Autism Practice Conference 2014 - Autism, happiness and wellbeing
14 November 2014, Birmingham
Building upon the strengths and success of the Good Autism Practice journal, this conference was an important event for all those with an interest in autism.
The focus was on happiness, and ways of promoting emotional and mental wellbeing in children and adults on the autism spectrum.
Dr Glenys Jones, co-editor of the Good Autism Practice Journal and Chartered Psychologist, left, and John Simpson, an autistic trainer and speaker, co-chaired the event. There were three keynote speakers and five workshops run twice during the day.
Watch Glenys Jones speaking about autism, happiness and wellbeing on You Tube >
Watch John Simpson speaking about autism, happiness and wellbeing on You Tube >
Download the conference report, written by the GAP journal co-editor, Elisabeth Hurley >
Watch the keynote speeches by clicking on the play button within the screen, to enlarge to full screen click on the arrows in the bottom right corner, to return, press the 'Esc' key on your computer's keyboard.
Wellbeing in autism: from a negative to a positive approach
Autisme Centraal, Belgium
Peter Vermeulen has worked with people with autism and their families for more than 25 years. Peter works for the Flemish Autism Association and now co-director of Autisme Centraal and the Centre for Concrete Communication, a training and education centre for autism. Peter has also written and published more than 15 books and several articles on autism.
Watch Peter speaking about happiness and wellbeing >
Download Peter's keynote presentation >
Laughing in the face of autism: humour as a means of self-acceptance – a personal perspective
Sarah works as an independent specialist consultant, trainer and coach in autism. Sarah has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome and shares her personal experiences alongside her professional expertise. Sarah’s partner, son and various other members of her family also have autism spectrum diagnoses. She was recently featured on BBC Horizon TV programme: Living with Autism.
Watch Sarah speaking about happiness and wellbeing >
Download Sarah's Keynote Presentation >
Can mindfulness help people with autism?
Resource Centre, The Netherlands
Annelies Spek is head of a specialized center for adults with ASD in the Netherlands. She completed her PhD thesis on the cognitive profiles of adults with ASD. One of her more recent research projects is on the effects of mindfulness in adults with autism, in 2011 she published a book about this subject. She regularly gives lectures and workshops about autism in general and about mindfulness in autism in particular.
Watch Annelies on happiness and wellbeing >
Download Annelies Spek's Keynote Presentation >
- Practical ways of promoting wellbeing and happiness
Peter Vermeulen, Autisme Centraal
Based on the principles of positive psychology, this workshop will give an outline of 4 different strategies that aims at increasing quality of life and emotional wellbeing in people with autism.
Peter Vermeulen's workshop presentation >
- Defining 'happiness': an autism perspective
Sarah Hendrickx, Sarah Hendrickx Associates
In this workshop, we will try to define happiness and discuss ways to achieve it from an autism perspective.
Sarah Hendrickx's workshop presentation >
- Mindfulness and autistic spectrum disorder: how does it work?
Annelies Spek, Autism Resource Centre
In the workshop we will focus more on how to teach mindfulness to people with autistic spectrum disorder.
- Being well with autism
Aaron Yorke, Birmingham City Council
This workshop will focus on my experiences as an adult with autism and the issues my son has had during his education.
Download Aaron Yorke's workshop handout >
- Promoting happiness and wellbeing through befriending
Stephanie Taylor, Autism West Midlands
The Walsall Befriending Project is a service for adults with autism. Using real life case examples, this workshop will detail the process of befriending and how it can help to promote wellbeing in those on the autism spectrum.
Stephanie Taylor's workshop presentation >
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This event has been CPD Certified
Attendance will allow you to gain CPD points towards your Continuous Professional Development requirements.