Ann Ozsivadjian

Ann Ozsivadjian is a Principal Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in both the NHS and independent practice, providing assessments and treatments for a wide range of neurodevelopmental difficulties and co-occurring conditions. Her clinical specialism and research interests are mental health problems in ASC and adapting psychological interventions for young people on the autism spectrum, and she regularly presents at conferences on these topics. She also provides training courses across the UK on the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in autism spectrum conditions. She has published a number of papers and co-authored books.

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Dr. Donia Fahim

Dr. Donia Fahim Ph.D., Cert. MRCLST (U.K), Reg. HPC is an Autism Specialist, Speech and Language Therapist, International Educational Consultant, and writer, who has devoted her life to improving the educational and therapeutic services of young children with special needs around the world. She has over 24 years of clinical experience in the development of speech-language interventions and special education curricula for children with ASC and related developmental disabilities. She was an academic in New York City for ten years at Hunter College and NYU and is now based in London but continues to work internationally. She is the co-author of the, Let’s Talk: Navigating Your Child’s Communication Services and Supports for Your Young Child with Autism, published by Brookes (2016) and Co-Host of the Podcast, “Let’s Talk About Super Special Kids and Cake”.

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Emma Woodhouse

Emma is a Neurodevelopmental Specialist and trainer in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule –Second Edition (ADOS-2) & Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R).She has extensive experience with both children and adults, and has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, the Maudsley Adult outpatient ASC/ADHD service, The National Autism (inpatient) Unit at The Bethlem Hospital, and The Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families.Her clinical specialisms include forensic mental health and prison populations. Emma is a qualified integrative counsellor and member of The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and a board member of the UK ADHD Partnership.She has also contributed to a number of research publications in autism, ADHD and related conditions.

Dr John Biddulph

Dr John Biddulph is a specialist provider of Autism workshops and training, mentoring, diagnostic, and other services. He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Panel for the Sensory Integration Network. For the past 17 years he has been a freelance consultant and has contributed to the Postgraduate course in Autism and Asperger Syndrome run by the NAS and Sheffield Hallam University and undergraduate Psychology degree. He is an external examiner for PhD studies in Autism. John’s insight into Autism Spectrum Condition has been the subject of a number of radio and TV broadcasts.

John has delivered workshops and training in most EU member states and is in demand as a speaker at Autism and other conferences on a wide range of subject areas. He is a published author on autism, and has written a children’s book and courseware for the Open University. His music entitled ‘Sleep’ (to facilitate better sleep autonomy) and ‘Galilean Moons’ is available as iTunes downloads. John has developed an online auditory workstation for those with autism designed for use by professionals and families. John has a special interest in sensory differences

John’s professional expertise in Autism has the added benefit of being focused through the prism of his own diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.

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Lucy Sanctuary

Lucy is a highly specialist speech & language therapist and a family focused cognitive behaviour therapist (CBT), specialising in autism. She works therapeutically with families to help young people and parents understand each other and work as a team to navigate difficult situations together. She draws on a range of evidence-based practice to tailor therapy for each family and her approach is very bespoke to the individual, one of her main aims is that therapy is enjoyable! Lucy is a very experienced ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) practitioner and works as part of a multi-disciplinary team carrying out autism assessments. She runs parent workshops on a range of different topics related to autism, and has considerable experience of training in early years and primary and secondary schools. Lucy has talked for the National Autistic Society, the University of Greenwich and The Institute of Education (London University).

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Faten Kamel

Faten is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist specialising in the field of Autism Spectrum Conditions for over 25 years. Like Marianna, Faten is also an international trainer in ADOS2, gold standard diagnostic assessment for ASC. Having developed the first official translation of ADOS2 into Arabic, as well as the first official training package including all training videos with children and young people with neurodiversity in Arabic, Faten and Marianna are strongly committed to international development and promoting understanding of neurodiversity in the cultural context.

The founder and director of Samana Center in Nazareth, Faten focusses on supporting children, young people and adults with addressing psychological, developmental and educational challenges. In addition to autism spectrum, Samana centre provides comprehensive assessments for children and adults with a wide range of neurodevelopmental conditions including ADHD and specific learning difficulties as well as people with mental health difficulties including PTSD. She was an academic in Oraneem college and supervisor at Haifa university. She is currently a supervisor for many educational psychologists.

Fionnuala Larkin

Dr Fionnuala Larkin is a HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL31212) and a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College Cork, Ireland. She has a particular interest in clinical teaching and training, with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education of Health Professions from the Hull York Medical School and training in Advanced Supervision and Process Skills. She conducts academic research in the areas of neurodiversity, mental health, parental mentalisation, and parent-child relationships. Her areas of clinical specialism are in assessment and intervention in autism with children and adults, ADHD, learning / intellectual disabilities, as well as clinical supervision. She has been using the ADOS-2 in clinical and research settings since 2008, and has been an ADOS-2 trainer since 2013.

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