Organised by The National Autistic Society (NAS) – an NAS Masterclass is a short training session that is focused on a specialist topic, delivered for practitioners within the autism field. The facilitator is someone who has developed expertise in the topic, demonstrated by their research output and/or practice.

We are pleased to announce our next NAS Masterclass…

Delivered by Sarah Hendrickx and Matthew Tinsley, this masterclass will examine alcohol and autism.

Date and time: 7 October 2016, 10am-1pm

Venue: The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London EC1V 1NG

Cost: £120 + VAT

This Masterclass will look at autism and alcohol addiction; an area that hasn’t received enough academic interest yet, and as a result, leads to a lot of misunderstanding. The session will focus on understanding the reasons why alcohol can easily become a difficulty for people on the autism spectrum and what are the ways forward in terms of support. It will include:

  • Personal perspective – sharing his own personal experiences, Matt will discuss how he made the connection between his autism and the use of alcohol as a coping mechanism.
  • Why alcohol? – the session will focus on developing understanding as to why people on the autism spectrum can be vulnerable to alcohol addiction, discussing the established links between alcoholism and mental health, links between autism and anxiety, and the potential use of alcohol as a coping mechanism for many on the autism spectrum.
  • Moving forward – the session will discuss the need for effective support strategies, including potential modifications on typical treatments for alcoholism, along with recognising and respecting the perspectives of autistic individuals.

The speakers

Sarah Hendrickx and Matthew Tinsley are co-authors of the book Asperger syndrome and alcohol.

Sarah works as an independent specialist consultant, trainer and coach in autism spectrum conditions and has written six books on Asperger syndrome. She also has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome and has shared her personal experiences alongside her professional expertise.

Matt was diagnosed as on the autism spectrum at the age of 44; at the time he was in rehab for treatment for a like-threatening problem with alcohol, he had previously been hospitalised twice. Matt is an experienced speaker on life with autism and how his life has changed since he became aware of his autism which led to him being able to live without alcohol.

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