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On the 26 and 27 June 2009 parents and professionals will come together at the Europa Hotel to hear the World leading experts on Autism. The conference and Workshops "Facing Autism" will address the need for evidence based intervention and support for children and adults with Autism.

An estimated 15,000 people in Northern Ireland have Autism Spectrum Disorder. This includes approximately 3,000 school-age children. It is thought that more than 300 children born every year will later be diagnosed with the condition. The provision of evidence-based treatment for these children, however, is severely lacking. This exciting conference is made all the more poignant given that the future of the Autism Centre in Middletown is in doubt.
The experts coming to Belfast include Professor Gina Green from San Diego, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Queen's in 2005; Professor Bobby Newman from New York, who helped set up the first ABA programmes in Northern Ireland; Dr Bill Ahearn, Director of Research at the New England Centre in Boston; Dr Karen Wagner from Florida; and Dr Neil Martin from TreeHouse Trust in London.
Parents and carers of those diagnosed with autism, teachers, health professionals, social workers, speech and language therapists and anyone who works with children or adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder will benefit from this event.
The conference is collaborative initiative between Parents' Education as Autism Therapists, the Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

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Date Posted: 27/05/2009

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