To provide delegates with an insight in to how creative arts can enable us to create positive outcomes for the individuals we support.
- To provide links between practical and theoretical aspects of the creative arts and individuals with Autism and / or Learning Disability or Dual Diagnosis.
- To create a networking opportunity.
- Trainers, professionals, commissioners (Education, Social and Health Care) and parents and carers who provide support to individuals who may present with challenging behaviour in a variety of settings to include Autism, Learning Disability and Mental Health services as well as Dual Diagnosis. Many will be PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructors.
The focus of the event will be to explore the relationship between the creative arts and positive outcomes and consider the benefits of how being the creative arts can help to raise an individual’s self-esteem and improve quality of life.
Once again the list of speakers will include those who have a diagnosis of Autism who will highlight their experiences, academics, professionals and practitioners who will deliver a wealth of presentations and workshops designed to inspire and develop our thinking as well as ideas which we can take away to enhance our practice.
We look forward to welcoming Dr. Martin Doherty, a Snr. Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of East Anglia. Martin, will open the conference by introducing us to the theme of creativity. Martin was involved in the first study to find a link between autistic traits and the more creative thinking processes. . In his keynote presentation on 11th October he will examine the relationship between autism and creativity and particular how people with high autistic traits could be said to have less quantity but greater quality of creative ideas. Martin will be followed by Gina Davies a specialist Speech and Language Therapist who will deliver a presentation around the role of creativity in establishing attention and communication skills in individuals with Autism and Learning Disabilities.
Professor Adam Ockleford, professor of music at Roehampton will be accompanied by Derek Paravacini. We are privileged to be able to welcome them both to deliver a presentation on providing music education to individuals with Autism and Learning Disabilities. For those of you who haven’t heard of Derek, Derek is a blind man with sever autism. He is also an extremely talented musician with perfect pitch and much innate talent as a concert pianist since the age of 10 and Adam is his long-time piano teacher.
They are followed by Bloomin Arts who provide opportunities for people with learning difficulties to enjoy, develop skills, perform and work in the arts. They will provide us with an insight in to their work.
The afternoon will then follow with a number of workshops allowing us to further develop our skills and knowledge and explore the theme of creativity further.
Whilst day one focuses more on the performing arts and communication day two has a more varied theme with the opening presentation being from Jon Adams an artist who later in life had a diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome. Jon who is an Associate Artist will speak of autism and creativity and how his synesthetic experiences shape his experience of the world.
We will then welcome Anna Kennedy, a mother with two sons with Asperger’s syndrome. Anna has developed a project called ‘Step in the right direction’ which features a dance dvd, tutorials and interviews offering an insight in to ASD. The dvd contains structured dance and exercise routines helping individuals to connect with others. It will be this dvd that Anna will discuss in her presentation.
Moving through art and dance we will focus on construction with Lego Therapy. A presentation delivered by Concept Training. Lego Therapy is ‘an evidence based approach that aims to develop social communication skills in autistic children, such as sharing, turn-taking, following rules, using names and problem-solving’.
Jackie Edwards from the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy will conclude day two with a presentation on Arts and Psychotherapy. Jackie is a parent and practitioner and a dance movement psychotherapist and will discuss the historical relationship between dance, movement and psychotherapy and people with learning disabilities.
As you will see the conference will once again be an action packed event with a variety of speakers enabling us to explore creative arts and individuals with autism and learning disabilities.
We feel sure you will find the event both inspiring and enjoyable and look forward to seeing you there.