Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Girls and Autism - Conference and book launch

Tuesday, 05 November 2019, 9:00 to 16:00

refectory Harcourt

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Lecture Theatre B101, B Building, Harcourt Hill Campus


Oxford Brookes University are delighted to be hosting this full day event, led by Professor Barry Carpenter and supported by chapter authors, all professionals and experts living and working in the field of autism.

Starting at 09:00, keynote speakers will be delivering plenary sessions that provide insight and extensive experience from various perspectives including living with autism, supporting families, education girls with autism and promoting the emotional wellbeing of girls with autism.

In the afternoon, delegates will get the opportunity to attend an interactive workshop delivered by a keynote speaker.

Keynote speakers

Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE, 

A professor of mental health in education and an author of over 150 articles on a range of learning disabilities/special needs topics.  Barry was recently appointed to the UK’s first Professorship in Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University. He is Honorary Professor at universities in the Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford.

He has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. In 2017 he was entered into "Who’s Who" in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of Special Education.

With a career spanning more than 30 years and holding leadership positions in academia, Barry now lectures nationally and internationally.

Barry has 3 children – one a School Principal, one a Senior Occupational Therapist and a daughter with Down’s Syndrome, who now has a home of her own, published her first book in 2017, and is on an Apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant.

Sarah-Jane Critchley

Sarah-Jane is an internationally recognised author and keynote speaker.  For over 10 years Sarah-Jane managed the Autism Education Trust, working to improve educational provision for young people with autism.  She was instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of the training programme that reached over 207,000 education based staff in the UK

Ruth Fidler

An Education Consultant specialising in complex autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Interactive approaches and emotional wellbeing. Ruth also provides training and consultancy for a variety of schools and services across the UK and has contirbuted to publications in the Good Autism Practice (GAP) journal and co-authored many books.

Sarah Wild

The Headteacher of Limpsfield Grange School for girls with communication and interaction difficulties including autism.  Sarah is also a founding member of the Autism and Girls Forum, contributing to published works on female autism and education.

Kate Buckingham

The Founder and Director of Altruist Enterprises; an experienced provider of Resilience, Stress Management and Mental Health Awareness training to organisations and schools nationally.

Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 16 years, Katie sees her autism as an advantage.

After completing her A-levels, Katie went on to attend the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, where she set up Altruist Enterprises in 2013. Since then, she has won various awards, including Birmingham Live's 30 Under 30 2019, Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 and Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017. In 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious ‘Women of the Year Lunch’ in honour of her work raising awareness of and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

Book launch and signing

Girls and Autism - Education, Family and Personal Perspectives by Barry Carpenter

Girls with autism are often overlooked for support because their underlying behaviours can be different to that of boys. Leading edge practitioners from a range of disciplines bring their cutting edge perspectives to provide insight, knowledge and strategies for educators at the front-line of working with girls on the autistic spectrum

Delegates will have the opportunity to purchase a book on the day, signed by the authors.

Or you can order your copy now - 30% Discount available on all of Barry Carpenter’s titles. Enter the code UAG230 at the checkout

Places for the conference are limited, so book your place soon.

Kindly supported by OXIST, Parenting Special Children, and SEBDA.

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