Media Release: World expert in autism to lead conference


DR Olga Bogdashina, who teaches and lectures on autism around the world, is to return to Camphill School Aberdeen next month (November) to lead a conference examining communication issues in autism and Aspergers Syndrome.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, November 15 in Camphill Hall on the Murtle Campus of Camphill School Aberdeen, running from 9am to 2pm.

Commenting on the school’s success in staging this second conference, Bernhard Menzinger, education co-ordinator at Camphill School Aberdeen, said:

“The response to Dr Bogdashina’s conference at Camphill School Aberdeen last year was so enthusiastic that we immediately asked her if she would come back to lead a second conference.

“Last year, Dr Bogdashina looked at the sensory-perception issues that are common with autism and Aspergers Syndrome. This year she will focus particularly on tackling the communication issues.

“The conference has already attracted a great deal of interest from those who live, care and work with individuals who have autism. We expect it will lead to a greater understanding of the particular communication issues.

“This conference is part of our programme of development. In addition to a series of conferences, the school has a long-term partnership with the University of Aberdeen to deliver an honours degree course in social pedagogy and its autism training course, run in partnership with Target Training, has been presented across the UK, in India, South Africa and the Lebanon.”

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.

Camphill School Aberdeen is an independent day and residential school for pupils with complex special needs, including many with autism. It is the only school in Aberdeen to hold Autism Accreditation in recognition of its standards of provision for pupils with autism.

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.

Places at the day conference can bee booked by contacting Jean Ferries at Camphill School Aberdeen, on 01224 867935 or 866156 or email The registration fee is £80.

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