New in 2021: “autism” theories versus Autistic theories of Autistic experience

In a sentence:

In this talk Dr Chloe Farahar, an Autistic academic, provides an overview of the non-autistic derived theories of “autism” and their critiques, ending on discussion of Autistic theories of Autistic experience.

Overview:

In this talk Dr Chloe Farahar, an Autistic academic, provides an overview of the non-autistic derived theories of “autism” and their critiques, ending on discussion of Autistic theories of Autistic experience. Chloe aims to provide attendees with a nuanced perspective about the difference of being a “person with autism” as theorised by non-autistic researchers, and an Autistic person humanised by non-deficit models of Autistic experience developed by Autistic researchers.

Detailed layout:

  • Neurotypical theories of autism and their criticisms: Why are there Autistic people?
    • Behavioural
    • Biological
    • Cognitive
  • Why autism is not a disorder: Autistic theories of Autistic experience
    • Monotropism
    • Double empathy problem
    • The Autistic three dimensions space (Farahar & Foster, 2018)

Each individual workshop suits a two-hour (or more) timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.  

Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and workshops have been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80+).  Workshops are appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+, and 10 years+ for the neurodiversity day event), and have been carried out with: teenage school children; foundation degree students; degree students; charitable organisation staff/volunteers; Metropolitan Police personnel; support and well-being staff etc.

Fees: Training sessions are £100 per hour per trainer. If you are a charitable organisation with limited funds still get in touch and we can see what we can do – we never want to price out organisations wanting to improve their understanding of Autistic experience.