Autism Reading Group (November 2021) – Autism and Interoception

This month’s reading group was focused on the relationship between interoception and autism. We provided a reading about how being more in connection to your body can lead to lower levels of anxiety, including for those with autism, and a video providing an overview of interoception. This reading group followed a fascinating lab meeting at …

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Autism Reading Group (October 2021) – Autism in girls and the diagnosis gap

The topic for the first Autism Reading Group of the year was Autism in girls and the diagnosis gap. For this meeting, we had a TED talk Niamh McCann: girls with Asperger’s and a reading. Autism has historically been viewed mainly as a male condition. The ratio of boys diagnosed compared to girls is 4:1, but research has found the true ratio …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (June 2021) – Mental Health services for autistic people

By Prof Nicola Yuill The topic for this session of the reading group was mental health, something that has loomed large in the news during Covid-19 restrictions. We had two readings, one giving figures for conditions that can affect many autistic people, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the other being a very thoughtful …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (May 2021) – The language around autism and using appropriate terminology.

Terminology to think about We started off the conversation talking about the useful table included in the reading which gave alternatives for different terminology we can use when talking about autistic people, for example, instead of using ‘at risk of autism’ to use ‘increased likelihood’. There is a drive to specifically change the language we …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (April 2021) – Autism, Imagination and Creativity

If you would like to sign up for our next Autism Reading Group please email acorns@sussex.ac.uk What is creativity and how can we measure it? Creativity is hard to define and it’s also hard to pinpoint when someone is being creative or not. In our meeting we said that everyone can be creative and potentially …

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ACoRNS Health event (Mar 2021) – Re-Imagining Healthcare in Autism

How can healthcare be made more accessible for autistic people?  This was our second event held on 24th March: full resources are at the end of this blog post. Seven speakers presented their experiences and new initiatives. Dr Stephanie Daley from the Brighton & Sussex Medical School (BSMS) updated on an exciting new programme, Time …

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ACoRNS Launch (Oct 2020) – Re-Thinking Education in Autism

With Scotland being the last of the four UK nations to resume in-person schooling on Monday 19th April, we thought to revisit the discussions and ideas from our first official event. Our official launch Re-thinking Education in Autism took place on 21st October 2020 online via Zoom with over 80 attending. We had speakers representing …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (March 2021) – Predictive coding and its involvement in Autism

What is predictive coding Our March meeting looked at predictive coding theory which attempts to explain how our brain predicts things. One of the world expert’s in this field, Professor Andy Clark, came along to tell us how this works. He said the brain makes predictions to give us structure and meaning to our world. …

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