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Session to share local research on learning disabilities and autism

New research in the field of learning disabilities and autism, which has been conducted locally, is to be the focus for an afternoon of presentations at Bangor University.

A group of speakers from the University’s College of Health and Behavioural Sciences and Local Health Board will provide an insight into various research projects they have been involved in recently.

The event will take place from 2-5pm on Thursday, January 30th, at the University’s Powis Hall, in the University’s Main Arts Building and is free and open to all.

Dr John Parkinson, Head of the School of Psychology, said:

“This conference is designed to appeal to anyone interested in research, or interested more generally in learning disabilities and autism, for whatever reason. You may be a parent to a child with a disability, or a sibling or a partner. Maybe you’ve taken part in one of the research projects that will be presented on. You may yourself have a disability. You might be a professional working in the field. Or, you might just be curious. All are very welcome.”

The topics to be covered include: improving the reading skills of children with intellectual disabilities; rare genetic syndromes; Applied Behaviour Analysis; Music Interaction Therapy for children with autism; mindfulness for parents of children with autism; the sexuality of young people with disabilities; the physical and mental health of relatives living with adults with a learning disability; and inclusive research with people with a learning disability.

Dr Susie Nash, the co-ordinator for LDAN Cymru (Learning Disabilities, Autsim and Neurodevelopmental Diroders Research Newtork, funded by the Welsh Governament), who are sponsoring the event, said:

"I'm so pleased that LDAN can help to let people know what's happening in research locally.  It's a really good and varied programme and there should be something for everyone.  LDAN events are welcomed as friendly and informative and always provide the chance to catch up with other people and ask questions".

The event will be bilingual, with some presentations in English and some in Welsh. Translation facilities will be available on the day The event is free of charge, but those wanting to attend will need to register on line at, or by contacting Leah Jones at or by phone on 01248 388175.

Publication date: 27 January 2014