Autism and Sensory Processing: a training day with Olga Bogdashina, Janet Gurney and Jemma Swales

Friday 18 May 2018
Doors open at 9am for a 9.30am start
Ends at 4.30pm

Venue: Swiss Cottage School, London NW8 6HX

The Caldwell Autism Foundation, in partnership with Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre, invites you to a training day on autism and sensory processing.

This event will deepen your understanding of the sensory world of autism and provide insights on how the support we provide to autistic people can be made more effective by an understanding of their different sensory experiences.

Olga Bogdashina will share her deep understanding of the sensory world of autism and of how the sensory experiences of autistic people differ from those of neurotypical people. Drawing on her own and others’ research as well as the first-person testimony of autistic people, Olga will paint a compelling picture of autism from the inside out. As both an academic researcher and as the mother of two adult children with autism, Olga provides a unique insight into the sensory experience of autistic people.

Drawing on their extensive experience of supporting autistic children, young people and adults, Janet Gurney and Jemma Swales will share practical insights on how the support we provide to autistic people can be made more effective by an understanding of their different sensory experiences.

We are also very pleased that Tina Yates from Irlen East will be joining us with her Irlen stall. Tina is an experienced Irlen Diagnostician and also the mother of two adult children with autism, you will have the opportunity to meet and chat with her before the event starts then also during the tea breaks and at lunch time.

Do come along to learn more about autism and sensory processing, to meet Olga, Janet and Jemma and to have the opportunity to put your own questions to them at the end of the day. There will also be the opportunity to buy Phoebe Caldwell’s books and DVDs at a discount from our bookshop (you will need to pay with cash or a cheque).

A buffet lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the ticket price. If you have any dietary requirements, please ensure you select the appropriate ticket on our Eventbrite page. Swiss Cottage School is a nut-free building.

There is no on-site parking so please make your own arrangements if you’re coming by car.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Rorie Fulton, Co-ordinator of The Caldwell Autism Foundation, by email at or on 07393 664 048. Thank you.

Olga Bogdashina
Co-Founder, Programme Leader (Autism Courses) and Lecturer, International Autism Institute, KSPU and Visiting Lecturer in Autism Studies, ICEP Europe. Olga is a leading autism researcher and author, teaching and lecturing in the UK, Europe, & Mexico. She has a son (30) with classic autism and a daughter (27) with Asperger syndrome.

Janet Gurney
Until December 2015, Janet was the Chief Executive Officer of Us in a Bus, a registered charity working with people with profound learning disabilities and/or complex needs, including autism, who are often isolated and find communication a challenge. In January 2016, Janet stepped down as CEO to become Director of Training at Us in a Bus and she now focuses her considerable energy and experience on training and consultancy. Janet has provided training to a range of organisations across the UK and has been a close collaborator of Phoebe Caldwell for a number of years.

Jemma Swales
Jemma is a Director and Lead Autism Practitioner of Autus Cumbria Ltd, a not for profit organisation based in Furness. She runs groups for people with autism and also delivers training courses and workshops on a range of topics relating to autism, including The Sensory World and Responsive Communication. Jemma has collaborated with Phoebe Caldwell for a number of years and is passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, especially how we can jump into the autistic world, to learn, understand and support.

This training day has been priced to make it as accessible as possible to autistic people, parents, carers and professionals. Remember, these prices include morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch!!

Person with autism – £35
Parent/Carer – £45
Practitioner/professional – £95

To buy your tickets, please click on this link, which will take you to our Eventbrite ticketing page: