Sparkle Sheffield Autism Fayre for Professionals Sunday 17th Sept 10am-3pm

Come hear The Autism Centre’s Stephen Connolly and other great presenters at Sparkle’s  Autism Fayre  for Professionals, Sheffield, Sunday 17th September  10am-3pm. Click on the link below for more information.


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2 day introduction to SCERTS, Sheffield 4-5 Dec 2017

Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Service are delighted to be hosting a 2-day Introduction to SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Support) course on 4-5 December 2017, at St Mary’s Conference Centre on Bramall Lane, Sheffield.  The speaker will be Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, an internationally renowned speaker, researcher and practising clinician who is one of the SCERTS collaborators and authors.  We are pleased to be able to offer this course for £228.47 pp (inc VAT, handouts and refreshments), which represents great value for this training. 

The SCERTS training will provide health and education practitioners with an evidence based framework to understanding, assessing and supporting the core needs of pupils with autism, social communication difficulties and other developmental disabilities, as well as a clear and detailed assessment profile to monitor small steps of progress in the SCERTS areas, which are traditionally difficult to measure.  The SCERTS framework is in use internationally and comes highly recommended by the Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Team.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.  You can also book directly by clicking on the link below.  We anticipate high demand for this course, so early booking is recommended!

Sheffield SCERTS flyer dec17




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Research study, call for participants- ‘What is important to children and young people with autism and their families?’

Post by Jennie Fleetwood:

I am a student at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) writing the final research project for my MA Autism Spectrum. I am gathering information on how outcomes are set and measured for children and young people with autism. I am interested to know if, and how, professionals, families and young people with autism are working together to set and achieve shared goals and outcomes. I would like to find out if young people and their families are being included in planning for their futures and able to take an active role in deciding what is important for them.

Who can take part? Due to the specific focus of this project I’m looking for participants based in the UK only. Anyone under the age of 19 on the Autism Spectrum; Parents or carers of children and young people with Autism/ ASD; professionals working with children or young people with Autism/ ASD.

What do you have to do? Follow the link below and complete the survey. This should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. At the end of the survey, you may be asked if you would like to take part in a follow up interview. The interviews will take place separately at a later date, but you will be sent more detailed information if you are chosen to take part in an interview.

Important information- This study has full ethical approval from SHU. Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary and responses are anonymous, unless you choose to include your contact details for a follow up interview. In all cases, the final results to the survey will be kept anonymous to the public and only the researcher will see your details, for the purposes of contacting you to arrange the interview.

You are entitled to withdraw from this study up to the closing date of the survey (9th June 2017). After this date, analysis of the data will be taking place and it will not be possible to remove your responses.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact the researcher at

To take part in the online survey, please go to:

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Early ‘Intervention’ For Autism Just Got Earlier

The Autism Centre’s Nick Hodge has a comment in The Conversation on the latest research on working with babies who have older autistic siblings. Research is looking at how to lessen the impact of autism associated behaviours that might distress and/or inhibit a child’s development. You can read Nick’s piece at

You can read more about video-babies therapy with babies who might be autistic at



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Did you catch Autism and Sheffield on the TV this week?

The Autism Centre’s Stephen Connolly and Sparkle, Sheffield featured on the BBC’s The One Show 5/4/17 at 7pm. They were discussing the perils of shopping for some autistic people and their families. If you missed it but have access to  BBC iplayer then you can still see the feature at

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Viewing of Life Animated plus discussion Sunday April 2nd for World Autism Awareness Week

Please not that this is not an Autism Centre event

Sunday April 2nd 2017 there is a showing of the film Life Animated followed by a discussion on the issues raised. More information at

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Sheffield shops open early Saturday April 1st for Autism

Sparkle in collaboration with The Autism Centre’s Stephen Connolly have been working with Sheffield shops to encourage them to open early on Saturday April 1st for World Autism Awareness Week. A number of shops have agreed to become more autism friendly. More information at

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