Entries by dave

Scottish Autism invest in the Atlass Programme.

With the Atlass programme now running well in Scandinavia and Ireland it was good to be invited to run one with staff who work for Scottish Autism. For Dr Michael McCreadie from Studio3 this also meant working close to home for a change. Eleven staff from across Scotland in a range of roles managing a […]

World Autism Day

What is world autism awareness day and why have one? Having a day set aside to focus on raising awareness about a particular topic happens for many different reasons,  from encouraging people to  quit smoking, to the vast sums raised for “children in need” on their special day.  To have a special day set aside […]

First Atlass Masterclass

The Atlass programme has been delivered in a number of different countries and is gaining momentum as people have begun to realise that there is something innovative and crucial about this new style of training for staff working with individuals who have autism. The first train the trainer – or Atlass Master class has now […]

The Low Arousal Approach for Families

Autism and Challenging Behaviour. A one day workshop to explore the low arousal approach with children and young people on the autism spectrum. This is an innovative approach that offers families a way to manage challenging behaviour. Facialitated by: Linda Woodcock – National lead for Family and Parent Training. Sue Hatton – Senior Practitioner The […]

Atlass at the Autism Show

For two full days at the Autism Show in London staff stood on the Atlass stand and shared ideas and issues around autism with the hundreds of people who stopped to talk.  Parents were keen to discuss the current issues they were experiencing with their son or daughter and see what the Atlass approach had […]

Atlass Masterclass Nov 2012

The ATLASS Masterclass 12th – 16th November 2012 Venue:                                   Alcester, Warwickshire UK Facilitators:                          Michael McCreadie & Andrew McDonnell Background to the ATLASS Programme Autism is a disorder of neural development characterised by impaired social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behaviour (APA, 2000) However, epidemiological studies have shown that autism is not, […]

Absence of a normal Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) in adolescent males with Asperger Syndrome

M Brosnan, J Turner-Cobb, Z Munro-Naan & D Jessop (2009) “Absence of a normal Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) in adolescent males with Asperger Syndrome (AS)” is published online in Psychoneuroendocrinology. Cortisol is viewed as the stress hormone. Cortisol is one of a family of stress hormones that acts like a ‘red alert’ that is triggered […]