Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information such as sounds, sights and smells. This is usually called having sensory integration difficulties, or sensory sensitivity. It can have a profound effect on an individual’s life.

An individual with sensory integration issues may be over-sensitive (hypersensitive) or under-sensitive (hyposensitive). An individual who is hypersensitive may feel overloaded by sensory information. This means that certain sounds, smells or textures may be overwhelming and cause extreme anxiety. Conversely, an individual who is hyposensitive may seek out sensory stimulation by seeking extreme sensations. This means that this individual may not notice pain or objects that are too hot or too cold and may need high intensity input to get involved in activities.

The conference aims to give you the tools and knowledge to support and help autistic people affected by sensory processing issues. It looks at how professionals can help ease these issues and the huge impact they can have on the life of an autistic person.

There are three different streams to choose from, so attendees can select the seminars that are most relevant to their daily work.

The first stream will focus on education, and the strategies education professionals can put into place in easing sensory processing for autistic individuals.

Our second stream will focus on health, specifically eating and sleep. It will look at the effect sensory processing can have on health as well as coping strategies.

The third stream will look at development, how sensory processing changes as we age and coping strategies for different age groups.

Take advantage of our early booking rate - register by Friday 22 April 2016!

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Francesca Happé, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London will be presenting at the conference. Dr Happé’s talk will be an overview of research and what is currently known about autism and sensory processing.

This event is a great opportunity to hear from and network with acknowledged experts in the field and to gain a wealth of knowledge, engage in debate and exchange new ideas.