Scottish Autism PARC Fringe Programme for 9th November


We are pleased to announce the PARC Fringe Programme for 9th November. All Daytime PARC Fringe events will take place at The Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3SF

Details of the programme for 8th November coming soon.

Scottish Autism PARC Fringe 9th November Grand Central Hotel Clyde Suite

Morning session: 9.15am – 12.45

‘Monotropism’ an interest based model of autistic distinctiveness 

Monotropism is a model of autistic distinctiveness in which relative distribution of a scarce processing resource is seen as a key factor.

We propose that the steeply uneven distribution of interest seen in autism has implications across the whole range of its identifying signs.

Each speaker will highlight an aspect of monotropism and its implications for understanding autism, for 15-20 minutes, with up to 10 minutes for general discussion of each theme.

9.15 Chair Larry Arnold

Dinah Murray – Interests and autism

Wenn Lawson – Practical issues, SACA, all or nothing thinking

Sue Fletcher-Watson – Implications for new research in both psychology and neurology

Damian Milton – The double empathy problem: salience and interpersonal flow

Refreshment break

11.30 Chair Fergus Murray

Nick Chown and Julia Leatherland (by video) – Theory in practice: understanding autistic experience

Richard Woods – Anxiety and Rational aka Pathological Demand Avoidance

Larry Arnold – Why it’s taken so long to get this far.

Scottish Autism PARC Fringe: Communication 9th November Grand Central Hotel Clyde Suite

Afternoon Session 

The Scottish Autism PARC Fringe Communication session will take place between 1.10 – 4 pm on Friday, 9thNovember 2018.

This will be a relaxed session during which participants will discuss and explore different aspects of autistic communication. The session will consist of short talks, discussions and video clips.

Participants have the option of submitting comments, questions or thoughts on the three discussion points set out below in advance of the session. This option is also open to people who are not attending the event (either the Scottish Autism conference itself, or the PARC Fringe). Or of course you may come along to the session, and comment (verbally or in writing) during the session itself.


1.10: Rebecca Wood: Introduction to session

1.20: First discussion:

‘When attempting to understand and collect the views and perspectives of autistic people, are there better expressions we can use than “listening to the voice” and “enabling the voice” etc., which place an emphasis on speaking? If so, what are they?’

1.45: Dinah Murray: Interests and communication

2.10: Second discussion:

‘What changes or adjustments should be made at public events – e.g. conferences, public meetings, debates – so that people who don’t use speech as a primary means of communication, or who experience inconsistencies in their ability to use speech, can take part and contribute?’

2.35: Rebecca Wood: Some findings on communication from a PhD study in schools.

3.00: Third discussion:

‘Which Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices and technologies have a role in supporting communication?’

3.25: Wenn Lawson: Gaining recognition of the communication styles of non-speakers.

If you wish to submit questions or comments on any of the three discussion points in advance of the conference itself (which starts 8th November 2018), please either email Kabie Brook on or direct message Rebecca Wood on Twitter @thewoodbug.



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