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Free Public Lecture for Parents, 6 March 2019

The Curtin University Autism Research Group (CARG) and Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) Autism Research Team have pleasure in inviting you to a free public lecture ‘Talking about Functioning and Autism’ by Professor Sven Bölte, Director Centre of Neurodevelopmental Disorders from Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Dr Ben Milbourn from Curtin University. Due to the overwhelming response, we have had to move the event from Curtin St Georges Terrace to Technology Park Function Centre at Bentley to take in more parents.

Event details

Location: Seminar 1 & 2, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley WA 6102

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Registration starts 6 Feb 2019

About the lecture

In understanding the experience of living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) it is important to consider functioning and challenges beyond those captured within the diagnosis. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) developed by the World Health Organization provides a framework supporting the comprehensive description of the lived experience of people with ASD. The ICF Core Sets for ASD (i.e. a shortlist of ICF categories most relevant for people with ASD), developed by Karolinska Institute and the ICF Research Branch, provides a tool for describing functioning and the support needs of people with ASD and their families. In this talk Prof Sven Bölte will discuss functioning in autism, present the ICF core sets for ASD and discuss how they might support communication between those living with autism, service providers and funders.

This talk will help you to better understand and frame functioning in autism, supporting your communication with service providers and disability funders.

About the speakers

Professor Sven Bölte is a Professor and Director of the Centre of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institute in Sweden – a competence centre focusing on research development and education about neurodevelopmental disorders. Sven is a senior clinical psychologist with many years’ experience researching autism and providing clinical services to children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. He leads autism related research within the World Health Organisation. Sven collaborates extensively with researchers in Western Australia including the Curtin Autism Research Group, the Telethon Kids Institute and the Autism Association of Western Australia.

Dr Ben Milbourn is a Senior Teaching and Research Academic at the School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology, Curtin University. Ben is an early career researcher and a member of the Curtin Autism Research Group. Ben will be sharing his experiences as a parent supporting a child with autism to transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme and plan early intervention supports using the language of participation and functioning.

 Public lecture flyer (Pdf)