Consensus team share valuable insights and guidance at the Autism Show, ExCel London
This month saw the Consensus team head to the ExCel Centre in London for the largest specialist autism event in the UK.
The Autism Show is a national event dedicated to autism for parents, carers, professionals and individuals on the spectrum. The event attracted around 4,500 people looking to find the most up to date information, advice, products and services relating to the support of those with autism.
It was the fifth time that Consensus had exhibited at the show and the colourful stand certainly made an impact. Our materials, including easy read and promotional stress balls, also proved very popular with visitors.
Members of the Consensus team had many conversations over the course of the two-day show and were pleased to be able to provide advice and guidance on support and accommodation options available to people with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs. Our Autism Consultant ‘Dr Mags’ was also on hand at the Consensus stand to answer questions, offer advice and share best practice in her field of expertise.
On the first day of the show, Dr Mags also delivered a presentation on ‘Onset of mental health challenges in adolescence/early adulthood – causes, preventative strategies and support,’ at Theatre Hub 2. The topic was very popular with hundreds of visitors packing into the theatre to listen and many queuing at the stand afterwards to discuss the issues covered in more detail.
Dr Mags said, “The presentation aimed to highlight the mental health issues that commonly occur alongside autism, the issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as the lack of appropriate support and accommodation and mental health services to address these issues.”
“Speaking with so many visitors at the show experiencing similar challenges, made me appreciate the really sensitive and high-quality care Consensus provides to people with these complex cognitive health conditions,” Dr Mags added.
Such was the success of the event that the team are already looking forward to next year, as Marketing Communications Manager, Lynne Adams confirmed, “It was great to meet so many professionals, parents and individuals across the two days and to discuss our autism and transition services at this prestigious event. We are already planning our return next year with an even better stand!”