St Helens Road
Ormskirk, England L39 4QP

Communication: The Key To Success - The 5th International Conference

If you are a relative or professional living or working with a young person who is diagnosed with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome you will know that the barriers within education, employment, and social situations are significant. The impact that the complexities of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome has upon life situations is very real.

Communication is a key factor in addressing the needs of such young people and by addressing this issue, windows of opportunity are opened. This enables young people to progress, in terms of furthering their education and employment options, by improving self-esteem and confidence or simply by offering an opportunity to feel included in society, to feel valued and understood.

This conference is a collaborative venture between Belle Vue House Assessment Centre and Edge Hill University.

Target Audience

  • Teachers, Support Assistants

  • LEA staff

  • Allied Health Professionals

  • Speech and Language Therapists

  • Educational Psychologists

  • Parents / carers or others who are meeting the needs of those with Autism / Asperger's Syndrome

  • Academics

  • Medical Practitioners

Programme Outline

  • Coffee and Registration

  • Welcome and Introduction

  • Professor Tony Attwood: The Origins of Special Interests & Constructive Strategies

  • Coffee

  • Alex Porter / Carole Porter: The Importance of Being AS Alex

  • Parallel Session 1

  • Lunch

  • Parallel Session 2

  • Professor Adam Ockelford: Music: Window on the Autistic Mind

  • Professor Tony Attwood: Strategies to Reduce Being Bullied and Teased

  • Close

Further information on the keynote speakers is available on the conference registration form (pdf).




  • £180 for professionals / organisations;

  • £75 for people with ASD and parents of young people with ASD;

  • If you book before 31st March 2011, an early bird discount of £20 is available;

  • All prices are inclusive of VAT.

How to Register

Download conference registration form >>

Post the completed form to to Peter Weatherill, Conference Administrator, Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP.

Confirmation of places, maps and a programme will be sent one month before the conference date. If you have not received your confirmation letter one week before the conference date, please phone to check we have received your registration form on +44 (0)1695 650738 or email [email protected].

Terms and Conditions

Applications are accepted on the understanding that the applicants agree to the following booking terms and conditions. All conference fees remain payable once a registration is received by Edge Hill University. Edge Hill University's terms of payment are 30 days from date of invoice. Cancellations are not possible. A substitution may be made in the event of withdrawal. Belle Vue House and Edge Hill University reserve the right to make changes to the published programme if necessary

Call for Papers

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations focussing on any innovations, developments or research in the area of working with young people with high functioning autism with particular emphasis on communication.

Abstracts are to be submitted via email to [email protected] by Friday 25th February 2011.The abstract should not be more than 300 words in length (papers describing work in progress are eligible).  

For educational innovations and developments use the following headings: context & setting; why the innovation/development was introduced; what was done; evaluation of results.

For research use the following headings as appropriate: background; aims & objectives; methods; results; discussion; conclusion.

A panel of assessors will judge submitted summaries on soundness of approach, clarity of description, and accessibility, importance and relevance of content for a national and international audience. If a paper is accepted, presenting authors must register for the meeting as a delegate. Oral presentations will be allocated 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

All queries regarding the call for papers should be directed to:

  • Dr Jeremy Brown, Evidence-based Practice Research Centre, Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP

  • Tel: +44 (0)1695 650919

  • Email: [email protected]

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