Media release: Aberdeen conference on autism seeking to lead to greater understanding

DR Olga Bogdashina, who teaches and lectures on autism around the world, led an one-day conference entitled, ‘Autism: Sensory Perception and the Triad of Perspectives’, at Camphill School Aberdeen yesterday (Wednesday, October 6).

The conference was attended by 130 delegates from children’s organisations, special schools, local authorities and foster carers.

Commenting on the success of the event, Bernhard Menzinger, education co-ordinator at Camphill School Aberdeen, said:

“Olga Bogdashina is a hugely inspiring speaker and one of the world’s leading experts on autism.

“During the day, Olga Bogdashina shared her in-depth knowledge of autism. But, what impressed most was her way of expressing very complex issues with great clarity, using everyday language. During the conference Olga Bogdashina presented many practical examples from her work with people who have autism.

“All who attended will have left the conference feeling that they have a greater understanding of the particular difficulties that of those with autism and ways in which they can connect with them.”

Over the years, Dr Bogdashina has worked extensively in the field of autism as a teacher, lecturer, author and researcher. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first day centre for autistic children in the Ukraine and is also visiting lecturer at Birmingham University and a consultant psychologist for Services for Adults with Autism.

Dr Bogdashina also has personal experience of autism, having a son with autism.

Camphill School Aberdeen is an independent day and residential school for pupils with complex special needs, including many with autism. The school holds the national Autism Accreditation in recognition of the standards of provision for pupils with autism. The accreditation scheme is administered by the National Autistic Society with support from the Department of Health.

Camphill School Aberdeen is one of seven charities that are part of Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire. Camphill was established in Aberdeen 70 years ago and now extends to 100 centres in 23 countries.

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