Mental health in children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism conference

conference coverOn Thursday 4th June Cerebra held a one day conference in conjunction with the University of Warwick. The purpose of the conference was to disseminate the findings of recent research in key areas relating to the mental health of children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism and discuss recent national developments in the field, including the implications of the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. It was also an opportunity to consider future research priorities and launched the Learning disability and Autism Research Network West Midlands (LeARN-WM).

We’d like to thank everyone who attended and our excellent speakers for making the day a success.

Speaker slides that are available from speakers from the day can be accessed by clicking on the speakers names below.

Key speakers included:       

  • Dr Vaso Totsika – Prevalence of mental health problems in children with learning disability and/or autism
  • Dr Caroline Richards – Introduction to the Learning disability and Autism Research Network (LeARN) – A new research partnership in the West Midlands
  • Professor Richard Hastings – Research priorities: results of pre-conference survey
  • Dr Pru Allington-Smith – Update on national developments relating to Learning Disability focussed Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), including some implications for applied research
  • Dr Ashley Liew and Dr Dawn Simons – Addressing the mental health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism in practice
  • Professor Chris Oliver – Translating research into practice at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Dr Caroline Richards – Sleep disorders in children with intellectual disability and autism spectrum conditions
  • Dr Debbie Allen – Development and preliminary evaluation of a clinical assessment protocol for self-injurious behaviour in non-verbal children with autism spectrum disorder