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Aspire Conference, The Maudlins Hotel Naas, 22nd of October 2016

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22 Oct 2016 09:30
22 Oct 2016 16:30

We are delighted to announce that the Aspire Conference 2016 will take place on
Saturday the 22nd of October 2016 in The Maudlins Hotel Naas from

The focus of this event is to bring people with ASD
and their families together with local services in an effort to help
them to create an action plan and link with local support networks.


Speakers on the day will include: 

Frances O’Neill- Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism.

Children and young people
with autism experience anxiety in many situations, with some
experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. While many reasons are
shared with typically developing peers, there are some key
factors relating to autism that mean stress and anxiety are more
likely. Everyone shows their anxiety in individual ways, so the most
reliable observations that a child or young person is anxious are going
to be made by the people who know the child best.

This session is offer a variety of strategies
that can be introduced and taught by parents and education professionals
to the child or young person, so that he or she can be empowered to
successfully manage his or her own anxiety.


Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly- Expression Developist

Why personality matters so much more than labels while supporting people.

‘’Why are no two Asperger's Syndrome people the
same? What's the difference in my approach to working successfully with
people? My own personal journey to reaching these understandings. From
supporting people in the perfectly created
school environment, The Homework Club, where I started 7 years ago to
supporting individuals positively in whatever non-perfect situations
they are through The Purple Learning Project’’


Dr. Catherine Hughes- Researcher and  ASD Peer Advocate

The autism community is currently facing a
mental health crisis. Autism charity, Autistica, recently published
findings stating that life expectancy for individuals on the spectrum is
30 years shorter than the general population. Suicide
rates among adults with autism are very high, with women at greatest
risk of taking their lives. Nevertheless, the mental health experiences
of people on the spectrum are still under-studied and, often,
misunderstood. Combining her experience as research coordinator
with Pieta House, alongside her personal experience as an adult
diagnosed with Asperger’s; Dr Catherine Hughes will discuss the
potential risk and protective factors that may impact on the lives of
people with Asperger’s and Autism.


Dorothy Armstrong

Dorothy is an
Occupational Therapist who has a wide range of expertise in working with
children, teenagers and young adults and has a particular interest in
working with people with Asperger's, Dyspraxia (Developmental
Coordination Disorder), Tourette's Syndrome or ADHD. She also works as a
lecturer at National University of Ireland, Galway. Her talk will focus
on Sensory Processing Disorder, the hidden challenges that it can
present and some supports that can be put in

We will also have a range
of information stands from support groups in Leinster, resources and
services, and professionals. Our goal is that each person in attendance
will walk away having gained information about
their local support network and resources they can access. 

Tickets are €25 for members of Aspire and €35 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased from our website
or by cheque payable to Aspire. Please send payment in advance of
conference to Aspire- The Carmichael Centre, Coleraine House, Coleraine
Street, Dublin


Kind regards,

 Aileen Cruise

Aspire General Manager

01 8780029

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