Managing Adults with Learning Disability, Autism and Severe Challenging Behaviour Conference

Managing Adults with Learning Disability, Autism and Severe Challenging Behaviour Conference

On Thursday 2nd November Lighthouse Healthcare and Elysium Healthcare hosted CPD certified conference- Managing Adults with Learning Disability, Autism and Severe Challenging Behaviour.

Held at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire the event was Lighthouse Healthcare’s 9th Annual Conference and it’s first now under new ownership with Elysium Healthcare following the acquisition in August.

Delegates were welcomed to the event by host Janine Strange, Partnership Development Manager for Elysium Healthcare who then introduced Elysium Healthcare’s Chief Executive- Joy Chamberlain. Joy spoke about the recent acquisition of Lighthouse Healthcare into the Elysium Healthcare group and how this acquisition has formed the new Elysium Healthcare Learning Disability & Autism division.

The first of two keynote speakers for the day was Heather Clarke-Lewis, the Lead Occupational Therapist at The Woodhouse Hospital in Cheadle, Staffordshire. Heather is a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner and leads the assessment and treatment of sensory integration needs within The Woodhouse. Heather gave a really insightful talk on what it feels like for a person with sensory overload, likening some of the sensations to wearing a high neck, thick, scratchy jumper when you’re too warm and wanting to take it off; to driving in heavy rain with broken windscreen wipers and not being able to see in front of you clearly. 
Heather Clarke-Lewis, Occupational Therapy Lead

Heather then went on to share with delegates a case study of a patient she has been working and how she has formed a ‘sensory diet’ for him to help with sensory overload. There were some fantastic positive outcomes from the case study with the patient now getting ready to be discharged into the community.

You can view Heather’s full presentation here- Assessing & Treating the Sensory Needs of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Delegates were able to take advantage of three workshops at the conference which covered the following topics;

The final keynote speaker for the day was Geoff Evans. Geoff is an expert in the field of autism and has built a national and international reputation as a renowned speaker and specialist trainer. Geoff has been shortlisted for the NAS lifetime achievement award and Laing Buisson Significant Lifetime Contribution to Care Award. 
Geoff Evans- Autism Speaker & Specialist Trainer

Geoff gave a very lively and informative presentation that looked at personalised approaches to managing challenging behaviour and behaviours of concern, and how holistic approaches provide the best outcomes in individuals with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD). Geoff also spoke about the Low Arousal Approach and the impact of sensory experience on behaviour in that behaviours can be triggered due to the anticipation of being subjected to a repeated painful sensory experience.

You can view Geoff’s full presentation here- A Holistic Approach to Behaviours of Concern

As always we asked delegates for the feedback on the event and we had a really positive response with almost 90% of delegates rating their overall experience of the day as excellent or good and saying they would attend next year’s event, and the same amount rating the quality of speakers as excellent or good.

Here are just a few of the comments we received about the day;

“I really enjoyed Geoff's presentation and the parent involvement in the workshop. Having really experienced people in the field and parent involvement is a benefit.”

“Feeling motivated after seeing good practice, inclusive ways of working.”

“Good level of experience of speakers, especially Heather Clarke- Lewis. Good to hear from parents.”

“A really good day. The patient is clearly at the centre of everything.”

“My first Elysium/ Lighthouse conference- very informative and interesting. Refreshed knowledge.”

“Really enjoyed the day- Thank You!