Happy to receive accreditation from Society of Educational Consultants.
Mental Health staff training in Autism and Sibs Group
Georgia Pavlopoulou delivered a 3 day visit sponsored by the Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of people with Autism and their families in the South of Greece at Day Care Centred offering specialised services for children and adolescents with Autism (part of NHS) in South Greece.
Agenda included : clinical observations and coaching therapists, modelling of communication and sensory strategies and personal development goals for members of staff. It was wonderful to see great teamwork and dedication.
Challenging Bxs in Autism -AT Autism
It was a great pleasure to meet wonderful team there and support them in the organisation of their event. Great speakers, outstanding Joe Powell talking on the real trial of impairments in autism and the perspective taking in day care and schools... who is challenging who? It reminded me of the need for a double empathy system in which neurotypicals should and could also raise their empathy levels towards autism .
My talk at NAS school
Georgia Pavlopoulou was invited for a talk at one of NAS biggest schools; Sibyl Elgar.
Georgia supported <Parents in Partnership> event by giving a talk on siblings' experiences growing up with a brother or sister with Autism. Members of staff and parents engaged in a conversation around quality of life issues and raising awareness in schools on siblings' needs.
Sleep in Developmental Disorders Symposium
Georgia Pavlopoulou had the pleasure to meet the Key presenters at ''Sleep in Developmental Disorders '' Symposium, Anatomy Building at UCL. Very interesting discussions around syndrome-specific educational strategies to integrate sleep, time-course & time of day to optimize children’s learning took place @LILAS_Lab post symposium dinner.
Georgia was in particular interested on Dr. Anna Joyce's talk. Anna is the theme leader for the Sleep research group within the Brain, Belief and Behaviour lab at Coventry University. Her research is planned to investigate the effects of sleep on cognitive functioning and behaviour in children with neurodevelopmental disorders; sleep and cognition in school aged children, and the effects of sleep disturbance in students.
Overall a great evening. Sleep is always there to help (behaviour, learning, memory, mental health), hence important to know more about how it works for families caring for a child with a neurodevelopmental condition.
In the conversation that followed the presentation an emphasis was placed on: the need to do more participatory research including different voices and voices that have been traditionally neglected from research; and our clinical planning as a way to empower all family members.
The latter could be approached by validating family members' experiences and also planning for overcoming experiences that remain to be struggle for children and families living with Autism, for example sleep, school, and respite time.