Learning Disabilities and Neurodevelopmental Conditions


There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. Including family members, autism is part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Our workshop introduces the autism spectrum, and how it is experienced by different individuals and families. Our three-day workshop outlines how ideas about autism have progressed and studies diagnosis, causes, interventions and life-span development. Widely shifting viewpoints on autism are illustrated and key communal and cross-cultural issues are highlighted.

  • Explore what is meant by autism, why is it considered a spectrum and how it affects different individuals and families
  • Explain important aspects of diagnosis, intervention, education and life-span development


Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. It’s estimated up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia. Our two-day workshop analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define such conditions. You will learn about common features and positive indicators for dyslexia, experiences of dyslexia, possible aetiologies for dyslexia, and treatments and management interventions for dyslexia.

  • Definition of dyslexia
  • Common features of dyslexia
  • Identifying dyslexia
  • The rights of people with dyslexia


ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. Sometimes ADHD is not recognised in childhood, and a person is diagnosed as an adult. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

  • What is ADHD
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of ADHD
  • Discuss best practice to support service users with ADHD
  • Practical strategies to help the personal development of people with ADHD, stigma, and treatment options.

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