Annual Autumn Conference

Each year the Loddon Training & Consultancy – PROACT-SCIPr-UK® host an annual Autumn Conference. The aim of the conference is to disseminate good practice, celebrate positive practice and provide an opportunity for networking and talking to like-minded people. We focus on a specific theme pertinent to the national agenda and explore how this can be incorporated within the support provided.

There is always a variety of speakers ranging from academics, practitioners, individuals with Autism / Asperger’s syndrome and service-users themselves. All of whom take one aspect of the theme to provide their perspective or an alternative view, which may include practical suggestions for implementation or just tell us how it is.

Some examples from previous years are as follows:

2014 – ‘The Communication of Behaviour’ where we explored the links between communication and behaviour.

Speakers: Dr Dave Hewett, Intensive Interaction Institute – Director
Dr Della Money PhD, BSc (Hons), FRCSLT, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist who introduced us to Introducing the ‘Five Good Communication Standards’
Bill Mumford, Chief Executive of the Charity McIntyre who gave a presentation around learning to listen

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2015 – Promoting Wellbeing where we explored the importance of wellbeing in all aspects of life and made links to the
implementation of the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® ‘Whole Approach’.

Speakers: Gary LaVigna, Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis in Los Angeles whose presentation was called “The Alignment Fallacy and How to Avoid It”
Dr Michael McCreadie, HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist who explored What is the good life?”
Roy DeveauxUniversity of Kent, Tizard Centre – “Getting to the Core of Wellbeing”

2016 – Positively Supporting Individual Development through addressing Communication and Sensory Needs enabled us to make links to
the approach embedded in to the philosophy of The Loddon School and that of PROACT-SCIPr-UK® which embraces the importance of knowing
the individual and the effective use of communication in order to minimize behaviours of concern and the requirement for reactive strategies.

Speakers: Dr Olga Bogdashina, Programme Leader (Autism courses), Chief Research Fellow and Lecturer at the International Autism Institute – Autism: What works in sensory processing?
Colin Troy, Educational Consultant, B.Ed., SCCE – “The Link between Sensory Integration difficulties and distressed behaviour”
Flo Longhorn, Consultant in special multisensory education – Sensing the world around
Paul Isaacs, Speaker, Trainer, Author & Consultant on the Autism Spectrum – Sensory Integration, Sensory Perception & Language Processing in the context of Autism

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2017 Enhancing Lives – reducing restrictive practice – considering person-centred approaches and positive behaviour supports –
how can we support an individual to feel empowered and achieve so that they can be the best they can be?

Speakers: Dr Damian Milton, Head of Autism Knowledge and Expertise (Adults and Community), National Autistic Society
Ten rules for ensuring ‘challenging behaviour’ and maybe what to do about it.
Caroline Dench, Co-ordinator, Principal Clinical Psychologist – The Callan Institute – Positive Behaviour Support and Emotional Wellbeing
Corinna Laurie, Lead Occupational Therapist, Helen Allison School/NAS Sensory Considerations for effective Interventions.
Sarah Hendrickx, Autistic Adult, Author and Consultant – Defining Happiness: an autism perspective
Dr. Rachel Worthington, Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead of Autism Studies – Creating Positive Lifestyles


This is also the event where we host our annual Awards Ceremony where we celebrate good practice by recognising the work of our PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Organisations and their Instructors. The ceremony takes place at our conference dinner held on the evening of the first day.

 It is here that we present the following awards:

 PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor of the Year

Marion Cornick Award for Innovative Practice

Best Practice Award

If you are a commissioner, a professional in the education or health and social care sector, a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor or a parent or carer of someone who, from time to time, exhibits behaviours of concern, the conference is a great place to share experiences with like-minded individuals, keep up to date with industry changing regulations and learn new ways of working. For those who are already PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructors this event will fulfil the mandatory CPD requirements for the year, ensuring eligibility to attend your Instructor Re-certification.

Conference Sponsorship

We currently have the opportunity for organisations to sponsor our annual conference – if you are interested please email:


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