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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Dyslexia Workshop

Tuesday 16th October from 12.30 till 2.30pm

Ticket Price: £15 for CAAS Members, £20 for Non-Members

Join us and discover top tips to support your child at home with literacy.

This 2-hour workshop is aimed at parents and carers of young people with dyslexia/literacy difficulties.

We will look at the signs and symptoms of dyslexia, together with strategies to support your child at home with:

  • Reading, writing, spelling, memory, processing and organisation
  • How to help your child raise their self-esteem; reduce their anxiety and cope with the emotional and social challenges
  • Ways to ensure your child is best supported at school
  • Investigate how technology can be used to enhance learning.

In addition, we will look at the symptoms and assessment of visual stress (Irlen Syndrome) and simple strategies that can be implemented to reduce this barrier to learning.

This course will provide you with practical strategies that you can use with your child.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Course trainer: Fran Miller:

PG Dip (SpLD), APC (Patoss), AMBDA, Certified Irlen screener

To book click here.


Maths Sorcerer Workshop (ages 8-9 years)

Thursday 25th October from 12.00pm till 1.00pm

Ticket Price: Free

In partnership with Explore Learning in Ruislip, we are delighted to host our first maths workshop with the theme of "Maths Scorcerer" aimed at children aged 8-9 years.

This is a free, interactive, 1-hour session helping children to understand maths in a fun way, allowing them to unlock their imagination whilst discovering the magic of numbers. Explore Learning are Ofsted registered and support many community projects and schools in Hillingdon.

The workshop is aimed at the education level of  8-9 years, though this is a guideline as we know the needs of our young people vary.  We trust you to know the capability of your child, though children do need to be able to stay within the workshop independently.

To book, click here.

To book click here.