University of Edinburgh

The Challenges of Working with Deaf Children: mental health, autism, challenging behaviour & language deprivation

Date: Monday, 13th November 2017
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Fee: £110

NOTE - closing date for course is 23rd October 2017


Dr Sally Austen will discuss the challenges faced by deaf pupils who have autism, challenging behaviour and mental health difficulties. Links with language deprivation or communication difficulty will be explored. The key focus will be to identify the skills that professionals already have, that can be used in different ways or at different times to meet the needs of this complex group.

Acknowledging the paucity of research in this field of work, Sally Austen will encourage a balance between evidence based information and practical experience. Participants will be encouraged to consider these areas of difficulty from cognitive, social, educational and psychological viewpoints - and the necessity for multi-professional collaboration.

Executive Functioning and parental trauma reactions are relatively new areas of research - evolving clinical and educational work in these areas may prove useful.


Target Audience

Teachers of the deaf, mainstream teachers, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, support staff and parents/carers.


Dr Sally Austen, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham, BA (HONS), MSC, C.PSYCHOL, AfBPsS