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Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders - theories to practical applications

Wednesday 4th February 2015 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

This CPD Study Day will explore neuro-developmental difficulties focusing particularly on Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD). The latest theoretical understanding of these conditions will be discussed along with novel methods of how this can be applied in practical settings.

Dr Debbie Riby (University of Durham) will provide an overview for the day and discuss methodological approaches to studying developmental disorders. Dr Anna Remington (Institute of Education, University of London) will then talk about her research on superior abilities in people with autism. Dr Heather Moran (Chartered Clinical Psychologist, NHS, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust) will discuss the development of a tool (the Coventry Grid) for helping clinicians differentiate between autism and attachment difficulties, and the subtle similarities and differences in how these different disorders can present. Finally Dr Jo Steer (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Family Advice and Support Service) will talk about how ADHD is so often left to psychiatry, but psychology has a key and important role to play in supporting young people with a diagnosis of ADHD, their families and the professionals working with them. Jo will review the evidence base for psychological work and consider what a psychologist role might look like in practice psychological interventions and ADHD.

This event aims to equip psychologists in a number of contexts with some of the understanding and approaches that they will need in order to work effectively with children and young people with developmental difficulties, both clinically and in educational settings. This will be of benefit not only to individuals with these difficulties, but also their families, their peers and other professionals who work with them (i.e. educators). It will also facilitate research thinking and future work in these areas.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To gain an understanding of the different approaches for working with, researching and studying developmental disorders.
  • To draw links between the latest theoretical knowledge and practical implications
  • To further understanding about special abilities held by those on autistic spectrum
  • To consider further the subtle differences between those with attachment difficulties and those on the autistic spectrum. To use this understanding to facilitate differentiation in diagnosis and effective working.
  • To review the evidence base for psychological work with ADHD and consider what psychologists’ role might look like in practice.

Please note bookings will close on Monday 3rd February. Please call for availability after this point.

Please note, bookings for the event closed at 11am on 3rd February 2015

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Wednesday 4th February 2015

09:30Registration and refreshments
10:00Start: Dr Debbie Riby providing a general introduction and a focus on methodology followed by time for questions and discussions
11:30Dr Anna Remington talking about superior abilities in autism
13:00Heather Moran talking about the Coventry Grid
14:45Jo Steer ADHD: psychology has a lot to offer
15:45Discussion and concluding remarks

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Debbie Riby MBPsS

Keynote Speaker
Dr Debby Riby (University of Durham) is one of the keynote speakers. Debbie is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department and her primary research area is social perception and social cognition in neurodevelopmental disorders; largely focusing on Autism (ASD) and Williams syndrome (WS). She has published widely on this topic and in recognition of her contribution to the field she was awarded the 2014 'Margaret Donaldson Award' from the British Psychological Society Developmental Section.

Dr Jo Steer CPsychol

Keynote Speaker
Dr Jo Steer is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in The Family Advice and Support Service (FASS), Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. She has worked with children and adolescents with mental health difficulties for over ten years. FASS aims to ensure earlier intervention with children and families where there are emotional, behavioural or emerging mental health problems.

Jo has co-authored ‘Helping Kids and Teens with ADHD in School: A Workbook for Classroom Support and Managing Transitions’. She was the BPS nominated Psychologist in 2012/13 for the NICE quality standards for ADHD .In addition she was Consultant Psychologist on Channel 4’s Mr Drew’s School for Boys in 2014; with a specific focus around ADHD.

Dr Heather Moran CPsychol

Keynote Speaker
Heather has worked with children and young people with relationship difficulties for over thirty years in a variety of settings. This has included being a residential social worker and then a teacher in a residential special school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, a foster carer on a specialist scheme for challenging children, an educational psychologist and, since 1997, a clinical psychologist. Heather and her husband have four adopted children. For 11 years she co-facilitated a therapeutic group for adolescent girls who were depressed and self harmed, most of whom had significant attachment difficulties. She is the clinical lead for psychological therapies in the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust’s new Neurodevelopmental Team, providing assessment and intervention for youngsters with ASD and their families. She is also involved teaching Personal Construct Psychology on the Personal Construct Association’s foundation course and on the Birmingham University Educational Psychology Doctorate Course.

Dr Anna Remington CPsychol

Keynote Speaker
Dr Anna Remington is a Lecturer in Cognitive Science at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at the Institute of Education, London. Her work focuses on superior abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically with respect to attention and perception within the condition. Dr Remington began working on autism in 2004 after receiving a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She obtained a Masters in Human Communication Science and a Ph.D. in Developmental Science from University College London and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London before moving to the University of Oxford where she was the Scott Junior Research Fellow in Autism and Related Disorders at University College until 2013.


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