Dean Beadle

Wednesday 18th April 2018 from 7.00pm till 9.00pm

Ticket Price: £8 for CAAS Members, £12 for Non-Members

We are thrilled that Dean Beadle is going to be coming back to CAAS to share his wisdom on 'friendships, relationships and sexuality'.

Dean has toured the UK for ten years sharing his experiences of life with Aspergers Syndrome. In recent years he has also spoken in Denmark, Belgium, Guernsey and Ireland as well as undertaking four annual seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis. In 2011 Dean's speaking was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed across the world on Youtube.

He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time Newspaper, a local newspaper in London. As part of this he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism 'Autism in Practice' newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. He has also written for The Guardian, Londonpaper and NAS Communication magazine.

Between 2012 and 2014 Dean sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards. An interview with Dean is featured as a key resource in the Autism Education Trust training programme which has just celebrated training 100,000 schools staff.

Dean is also a singer and in 2017 he will be performing at charity balls across the country.

Dean is honorary president of 'Autism Puzzles'- a parent led charity in Cardiff, Wales.


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Understanding/Supporting Eating Issues in Autistic Children

Saturday 22nd September 2018 from 9.30am till 3.30pm

Ticket Price: £40 for CAAS Members, £50 for Non-Members

This one-day course will focus on understanding and managing feeding and eating in autistic individuals. The first half of the workshop will discuss how eating issues in autism relate to the characteristics of the condition itself. The second half will concentrate on evidence and practice-based strategies for intervention. The workshop will take an interactive approach with opportunity for experiential based learning and discussion.

 This workshop offers parents / professionals:

  • Increased understanding of the causes of feeding and eating issues in autism.
  • Increased awareness of the impact of typical and atypical development on the acquisition of the skills for successful feeding.
  • Increased knowledge of specific issues facing individuals on the spectrum with
  • food.
  • Increased confidence in the application of management and intervention strategies.
  • Opportunity to share experiences and strategies with other participants.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Shea, a Clinical Psychologist with experience in all aspects of child and family work, in particular working with autistic children and young people in both health and education settings.  She has developed a long-standing interest in the eating and feeding problems of autistic children. She has conducted research into the issue, provided clinical services to families, has appeared on an ITV television documentary demonstrating interventions and has made a series of films about eating for Scottish Autism. She speaks nationally on this subject including for the National Autistic Society’s professional conferences and continuing professional development programme.

Currently, in independent practice, she continues to specialise in children with avoidant and restrictive diets. With colleagues, she runs Birmingham Food Refusal Services, an assessment and therapy service for children, young people and adults who refuse foods. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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