Free webinar: Tuesday 21st November 6.00pm-7.30pm
Diagnostic overshadowing presents a significant challenge for parents and carers of children with intellectual disability. Challenges and concerns may be attributed very broadly to their child’s intellectual disability or primary diagnosis, without careful consideration of alternative explanations that may be important for understanding the person’s individual support needs. In this webinar, we will consider the issue of diagnostic overshadowing in relation to several different issues including autism and challenging behaviour.
- Dr Jo Moss, from the University of Surrey will present research findings regarding the prevalence of autism characteristics in individuals with genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability and the challenges faced by parents and professionals regarding assessment and diagnosis of cooccurring autism.
- Debbie Austin is a Strategic Learning Disability Workforce Development Manager for family carers. Debbie’s daughter Lucy has a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and autism. Debbie will talk about her experiences of diagnostic overshadowing, including the side effects of medication and pain as a reason behind behaviours described as challenging.
- Finally, Dr Jo Moss will introduce a new online training resource for education practitioners which has been designed to provide accessible information to professionals who are supporting children with genetic syndromes in education.
To secure your free place, please book here.