Why can't that child sit still? Exploring learning differences in children

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

Caring for children with problems involves a lot more than just biomedicine. Children grow up in specific family, social, cultural and educational settings. If they have problems adapting to what is expected of them then all these settings and all who work in them come into the frame.

Children with problems often attract diagnoses or labels including Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Audit Process Dysfunction, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia etc. How valid are such labels? How useful are they? How can we recognise children with these problems? How can we help them?

Multidisciplinary working can be challenging, but there are also great opportunities to help children if we set out to share our understanding and solve problems together.

Aim of the symposium
The symposium will offer a broad and multidisciplinary survey of problems and solutions when working with children with psycho–social problems. It will help to facilitate cross-tribal working between educationalists and health care professionals.

Learning objectives - to cover:
* Recognising children with psycho-social problems
* Assessing children with psycho-social problems
* Critical examination of diagnosis validity and utility
* Evidence for medical, educational and other therapeutic interventions
* Matching children's needs to available therapeutic options
* Issues arising in multidisciplinary working

Who should attend?
Paediatricians, psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, GPs, teachers and other educators, speech and language therapists, children's occupational therapists, social workers, physiotherapists and other therapists.

***Online registration has now closed. Places are still available however we cannot guarantee lunch for late registrants***

Registration Details:
Consultant/GP: £220
RSM Retired Fellow: £90
RSM Student: £35
RSM Trainee: £90
RSM Associate: £90
RSM Fellow: £150
Student: £45
Trainee: £110
AHP/Nurse/Midwife: £110
Teacher/Social Worker: £110

9.00 am

Registration with tea and coffee

9.30 am

Welcome and introduction
Dr David Misselbrook, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine

Chair: Dr David Misselbrook, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine

9.40 am

Recognising the child who is different
Ms Jackie Murray, Principal, Fairley House School

9.50 am

Diagnosis and description
Ms Maggie Johnson, Speech and Language Therapist

10.05 am

The range of problems
Jane Emerson MSc Speech and Language Therapist; Director, Emerson House, West London

10.20 am

A multidisciplinary assessment
Professor Ricky Richardson, Consultant Paediatrician

10.35 am

Panel discussion

10.55 am

Coffee break


1.25 am

Delegates may choose from the following seven workshops:

WORKSHOP A Statementing - Present and future
Led by a panel including a Local Education Authority Representative, a lawyer and a parent.

WORKSHOP B Specific Language Impairment
Ms Maggie Johnson, Speech and Language Therapist

Professor Eric Taylor, Institute of Psychiatry
Dr Tara Murphy, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

WORKSHOP D Autism spectrum disorder and Asperger's syndrome
Professor David Skuse, Head of Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit, UCL

WORKSHOP E Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
Dr Bettina Hohnen, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Ms Jackie Murray, Principal, Fairley House School

WORKSHOP F Auditory processing dysfunction - do we believe in it?
Dr Tony Sirimanna, Consultant in Audiological Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

WORKSHOP G Nutrition as an intervention
Professor John Stein, Oxford University
Michael Crawford, Director, Institute of Brain Chemistry & Human Nutrition

12.30 pm

Lunch break


1.30 pm

Workshops from the morning session will be repeated to allow delegates to attend two from the possible seven

2.35 pm

Tea break

Chair: Professor Ricky Richardson, Consultant Paediatrician

3.00 pm

Matching interventions and education to diagnosis
Dr Jane Hood, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist
Registered Educational Psychologist

3.20 pm

Working together
Dr Crispin Day, Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist; Professor Samuel Stein, Consultant in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry

3.40 pm


4.10 pm

Keynote address
Ghetto Therapy: Psychosocial and educational packages of care for children and young people living in economic and psychological ghettos
Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founder, Kids Company

4.40 pm

Closing remarks

4.50 pm

Close of meeting

Meeting ref: EVC03

CPD (Applied for)

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