Avoidant / Restricted Eating

Saturday 24th February 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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Sensory Spectacle "Feel It" Workshop

Saturday 17th March 2018 from 9.45am till 3.00pm

Ticket Price: £65 for CAAS Members, £75 for Non-Members

We are delighted to welcome Becky Lyddon and Sensory Spectacle to CAAS to deliver the 'Feel It' workshop.  Sensory Spectacle creates immersive experiences to help create awareness and to educate about Sensory Processing Difficulties through experience. Their workshops and installations give you an opportunity of experiencing first-hand, allowing for greater awareness and understanding of auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, proprioceptive and vestibular difficulties.

10.00 am – Overview of the day and introductions, ask group to introduce

10.15 am – A sensory refresher

10.45 am – Balancing the senses with Sensory Integration

11.15 am – Tea / Coffee break

11.35 am – Introducing SPD

12.00 am – Starting to recognise characteristics of SPD

12.25 am – Experiential Installations – sensing a difference

1.00 pm – Lunch

1.45 pm – Supporting sensory development

2.30 pm – Case studies / own reference activity planning

2.50 pm – Evaluations and Questions

3.00 pm - Close

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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