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BLP to host Professor Tony Attwood!

Thu, 19th Jan 2023

On 18th May 2023, one of the world’s foremost experts on Autism will be leading a conference at The Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries. And both of Professor Tony Attwood’s presentations will be streamed live to North West Castle in Stranraer.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s experts on therapy with ASD clients Professor Tony Attwood’s one-day conference in Dumfries and Galloway is expected to be a highly anticipated event. Professor Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in Autism Spectrum Disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He currently works in his own private practice and is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. Professor Attwood has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences.  He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals, and individuals with Asperger’s syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.

The morning presentation will focus on the four stages in the development of friendship and strategies to encourage the development of friendship skills and social integration with activities that can be applied in the classroom, playground, and at home. The afternoon session focuses on the issues faced by adults with Asperger’s syndrome with regard to finding and keeping employment. The sessions have been chosen to benefit parents, carers, and professionals who support people with Autism, and individuals themselves.

This is Professor Attwood’s second visit to the region since 2017, where he spoke at a very successful event, hosted by Dumfries and Galloway Autism Network.

Andy Margerison, Chair of Better Lives Partnership, says: “This a great opportunity for the region, and for local parents, carers, and individuals with Autism to hear from one of the most highly acclaimed specialists on Autism; live and at an affordable price.

Professor Attwood last visited the region in 2017 and was an extremely popular event, and we are excited to welcome him back. It is also incredibly important to us that this time we be able to increase accessibility to his presentations across the region and allow for people in Stranraer to have access to this prestigious event on their very own doorsteps.”

Carolyn Kennedy, CEO of Better Lives Partnership, added:

“Better Lives Partnership is pleased to be hosting Professor Tony Attwood at Easterbrook Hall this May. It is an honour to be able to help support the community by offering talks from such a reputable speaker, and raise the profile of Autism Spectrum Disorder within the region.”

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