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Autism: A basic guide for prison officers

The National Autistic Society has recently published my guide to supporting prisoners with autism spectrum disorders. Currently it’s available to members of the (free) Network Autism site here Advertisements

Assessment, assessment costs, and the public

In my work as an expert witness I am often asked to assess children or adults who are or may be on the autism spectrum, and who may also have a complex individual picture that includes specific learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, problems with adaptive function, or additional disabilities. That’s time-consuming, but important so that the […]

The art of writing an expert witness report

There’s some good advice in this article (including some from me): http://www.theexpertinstitute.com/20-tips-writing-better-expert-report/

Comment on: “Why do autism ‘experts’ say such awful things?”

Shannon des Roches Rosa published a well-referenced and desperately sad blog this week about the scaremongering and self-aggrandising speech of all too many US “autism experts” (which then extends to the US media, as it seeks them out when planning a storyline related to autism.) She asks why the harmful rhetoric continues. I have argued […]

Comment on: Diagnosis of autism, abortion and the ethics of childcare in Yoruba culture

Originally posted on Left Brain Right Brain:
I have an email alert from PubMed for autism. I’ve seen a few very problematic papers go by over the years, but this one really bothers me. The study is from Nigeria, home of much of the Yoruba people. I have not seen the full paper, but from…

Brian Deer: Wakefield ‘MMR mother’ fabricated injury story

Brian Deer: Wakefield 'MMR mother' fabricated injury story. What a desperately sad story for everyone concerned: the child, now a young adult who has been subject to unecessary interventions that wasted his time and made him more susceptible to harm, and who now faces loss of contact with loved family members, the family who have […]

Lecture and Workshop topics

Lectures and Training That Inform and Motivate Whether the target audience is parents, adults with autism, volunteers, or professionals, I can contribute to your conference, training programme, or lecture series. English is my native language, but I can also speak Dutch if needed. I can cover many essential topics, including: 1. Autism awareness: an introduction […]