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SOLD OUT – 11th Autism West Midlands Shropshire Conference – March 26th 2020 ***Postponed***

26th March at 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

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SOLD OUT – 11th Autism West Midlands Shropshire Conference – March 26th 2020

Autism and Anxiety

NB – Change of venue:

We have had to change the venue for this event to:

Shrewsbury Training and Development Centre, Racecourse Crescent, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury SY2 5BW

Our 11th Shropshire Autism conference will once again provide opportunities to hear expert speakers, share ideas and chat with others who have similar experiences.

Our keynote speaker this year is Corey Wood who will talk about his personal journey with autism and anxiety; his difficult years in school, learning how to manage his anxiety and success in his chosen career.

There will be an opportunity to attend two workshops (one before and one after lunch) please see the details for each workshop below.

Date: Thursday 26th March 2020

Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm (Registration from 9:30am)

Location: Shrewsbury Training and Development Centre, Racecourse Crescent, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury SY2 5BW

Cost: £20 – Parents, family, carers & people with autism

£50 – Professionals

Booking Information: To book please visit the eShop:

For more information please contact Hilary McGlynn:

T: 01743 236 193



The conference is supported by Shropshire Council and the NHS, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.



Morning workshops

Analysing behaviours and positive support –Wendy Cowton,Specialist Autism Adviser, Autism West Midlands

This workshop will look at techniques for analysing behaviour and positive behaviour support.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy for children with ASD and anxiety – Lisa Williams, Shropshire Autism Service

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is the main approach for treating anxiety in children, and there is growing evidence that it can help children with ASD too. This workshop will look at the modifications needed so that children with ASD can benefit from CBT.

How meditation and mindfulness can support young people on the autism spectrum – Anna Granger, ASD Specialist Advisor, Spectra Inclusion Support Team

In this workshop Anna will share some of the meditation and mindfulness activities she uses to support autistic young people from toddlers to teens.

Moving into work –support for autistic adults in the workplace –Simon Fraser,Specialist Autism Adviser, Autism West Midlands

An overview of the support available to young adults in finding a job, keeping it and being happy and successful in the workplace.

Stress management for parents – Shropshire Psychological Therapies Service

An interactive workshop designed to provide helpful techniques and improve health and wellbeing.  Participants will need to complete a short questionnaire and consent form at registration.


Afternoon workshops

School, anxiety and the autism spectrum – Helen Reidy, Woodlands School Outreach Service 

This workshop will explore some of the underlying challenges for pupils on the Autism Spectrum around going to school, and look at ways that parents and teachers can best manage a child’s anxiety.

Spoon theory and autismEmma Hegenbarth,Specialist Autism Adviser, Autism West Midlands

Many autistic people are now using this model to understand and express how much effort is required to perform and function in society whilst maintaining their physical and emotional wellbeing. The workshop will explore how parents can use this energy accounting approach with their children to help them balance the demands of everyday life and gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses.

Managing sensory needs and developing motor skills – Sue Horobin, Occupational Therapist

An exploration of sensory needs and motor difficulties in autism and discussion of practical strategies to support children and young people

Supporting anxiety in children and young people – Beam Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, The Children’s Society

Practical suggestions on managing anxiety in children and young people.

 Student support at university – The Student Support Service and Disability & Inclusion Team, University of Chester

An overview of how students with additional needs are supported and a look at specific issues related to supporting students with autism.


26th March
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 7DN United Kingdom
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