Can you summarise what you took from the last one?
Kind of, yes. No. Maybe. It's really hard to summarise in a way that makes it appealing to everyone, because I only saw the speakers that I was interested in. On each of the three days there are 42 speakers. Some are professors (actually most are) who are delivering the latest findings into what is happening in the world of ASD research. Some are professionals who talk about specific subjects. Some relating to HFA, LFA, AS, some are parents, teachers, and even people with ASD themselves. I'll add a few of the speakers and subjects to give you an idea. I can't add them all, there's well over a hundred.Professor Patricia Howlin:
40 years on, what happens to adults with autism in middle ageProfessor Catherine Lord
: Longitudinal studies of ASD 2 to 22Professor David Amaral:
Dealing with heterogeneity of ASD. The Autism Phenome ProjectTheo Peters (Belgium):
Autism. Qualitative differences, vulnerability and Ethical consiquenceHilde DeClercq (Belgium)
: The pervasiveness of Autism thinking in every aspect of daily lifeProfessor Tony Attwood:
The cognitive profile of children who have Aspergers Syndrome and the effects of the profile on daily living and the educational curriculum.Professor Gary Mesibov:
Priority areas in teaching people with ASDProfessor Torbjorn Falkmer
: Visual perceptual abilities in ASD across the lifespan. To build upon or compensate for?Tasha Alach:
Key success factors in early interventionJenny BOurke:
Autism and INtellectual disability are differently related to socio demographic background at birthDr Ann Ozsivadjian:
Adopting cognitive behavior therapy for mental health problems in ASDSue Wolfenden
: A systemativ review of the diagnostic stability of autism spectrum disorderAn Ven Der Sijg
e: Autism and PersonalityVicky Gibbs:
A comparison of diagnostic outcomes using DSM IV versus the proposed DSMV criteriaAlyssa Sawyer
: Meta cognitive processes in emotion recognition. Are they different for adults with Asperger's syndrome?Belinda Minett:
The use of pharmacology in peopel with autism spectrum disorder
That is just a very small snippet, not even half a days worth, and there are three days of speakers. I think the main thing I got from it, apart from all the knowledge from the speakers I chose to see, was that the world of autism research and early intervention is extremely vast. It's nothing at all like what we think. We're a the mercy of the media and what we can find on Google, which is nothing compared to what is really out there.
The research findings coming through these days are really amazing. Some are very broad and some are minute details. Causes of autism versus which direction children with ASD are most likely to look when a person is in front of them. Very interesting stuff.
Of course, I only saw the speakers I wanted to see so there was a lot of information given on other subjects. Still, the ones I saw gave me the information I needed. I was able to share a lot and take notes from others who saw other speakers. I attended with some of the professors from DS' learning centre.
As I mentioned, it's expensive, but it was absolutely worth every cent. If people share accommodation costs it makes it less expensive of course.
I'm happy to write up some more of the speakers and subject matter if anyone is interested.