Autism Plus: Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Autism

Arrows The Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars presents

Autism Plus: Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Autism

Date: Wednesday 4 December 2013, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Venue: Senate House, London WC1E

Presentations from the conference are now available to Friends of Research Autism

About this conference

Supported by

Hesley Group logoResearch has shown that autism and Asperger syndrome are frequently accompanied by a host of psychological and psychiatric disorders and other medical conditions. Often labelled as 'complex', these conditions are common in autism. If not understood they lead to inappropriate and unhelpful treatment approaches resulting in poor outcomes and stressful lives.

The most recent Research Autism Lorna Wing conference focussed on stress. Responding to feedback from delegates we will continue to explore the stress theme but more specifically how co occurring conditions such as depression and anxiety, sleep, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect children and adults on the autism spectrum. We shall also discuss approaches to diagnosis and assessment and importantly intervention. The importance of prevention and reduction of stress is also recognised as important and in promoting positive mental and physical health in the child or adult affected by autism and their family.


Chaired by:

  • Richard Mills, Research Director, National Autistic Society and Research Autism
  • Damian Milton, Autism Consultant and Scientific Advisory Committee member, Research Autism

Expert speakers will include:

  • Dr Helen Pearce, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Miriam Cooper, Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences
  • Jo Stevens, Director, NAS Healthy Minds Programme, UK
  • Professor Paul Gringras, Paediatric Neurodisability and Sleep, Guys and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Kate Tchanturia, Reader in Psychology of Eating Disorders, Psychological Medicine, King's College London
  • Dr Amita Jassi, Clinical Psychologist, National and Specialist OCD CAMHS, Maudsley Hospital


  • Standard price: £165
  • Friends of Research Autism (professionals) : £148.50
  • Parents/Carers/Individuals with ASD: £115
  • Parents/Carers/Individuals with ASD Friends of Research Autism : £105


Senate House is an iconic building in the heart of London and home to the University of London's library, world famous for its Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research collections.

The venue is conveniently located a short walk from Russell Square, Goodge Street and Euston Square tube stations. It is close to historical attractions such as the British Museum and British Library, plus the theatres, restaurants, shops and hotels of the nearby West End. Senate House is a fully accessible building.

Hesley Group

Hesley Group is a leading independent provider of specialist support and education for young people and adults with autism and other complex needs. To find out more please visit the Hesley Group website

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