Autism and Deafness

taught by NHS Leeds & York Partnership

Course description

We’re delighted to welcome Vicci Ackroyd and her colleagues from the Leeds and York Partnership NHS to train interpreters on aspects of Autism and how it may present in Deaf Children. You’ll also learn about autism assessments, the Diagnostic Instruments for Autism in Deaf Children (DIADS) project and how interpreters can work with clinicians during the diagnostic process.

Until recently, there was an absence of a specific test for autism for Deaf children. The DIADS project has sought to address this need by adapting autism assessments. However, there is now a need to train interpreters on how to interpret these assessments in a way that does not prejudice their results. Join us for an in depth examination of autism and Deafness, as well as a discussion on how to work with clinicians to best effect.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the webinar the learner will be enabled to:

  1. Describe autism and it’s main features.
  2. Describe how autism may present in deaf children and to describe some of the complexities in assessing deaf children for autism.
  3. Understand the assessment process and tools used in a highly specialist service for assessing deaf children for autism.
  4. Explore how interpreters work during these assessments.

This course is available for 90 days from the date you purchased it.

NHS Leeds & York Partnership
NHS Leeds & York Partnership


Vicci Ackroyd

Vicci Ackroyd qualified as a RSLI (Registered Sign Language Interpreter) in 2003 and has worked for ND CAMHS (National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) in York since 2008, she is the Lead English/BSL clinical team interpreter across the North of England.  She has worked as a Communication Support Worker with a range of children and young people from primary school to higher education; she has also worked as a community interpreter.  She developed the role of team clinical interpreter within the teams across the Northern Arm and has been instrumental in implementing the practice professional approach (Pollard and Dean, 2001) within the service.

Vicci has responsibility for the communication policy and helped to develop the communication profile.  Along with Hayley Lafferty she has been developing the “Kaleidoscope Model” for interpreting within CAMHS.  Vicci has a wealth of experience working as a team interpreter with deaf CAMHS, working with deaf children and their families throughout the care pathway.


Dr Hannah George

Dr Hannah George is Lead Clinical Psychologist for the Northern arm of National Deaf CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).  Her role covers the whole of the North of England and she is also involved with Deaf CAMHS at the National level.

Hannah has been working with Deaf CAMHS for almost 7 years and leads the Deaf CAMHS autism assessment pathway.  Hannah has a special interest in the development of more effective procedures, processes and tools to enable more timely and accurate assessment of Deaf children for Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Helen Philips

Helen Phillips is a trial coordinator within in the research team.  She has a ‘BA (Hons) Deaf Studies combined honours’.   Helen has undertaken a wide variety of jobs including volunteering overseas, teaching British Sign Language (BSL) and lecturing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).  

Helen joined the research team in 2011.  She started her first post, in the Midlands, as a Research Assistant for the translating the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire into BSL project.  She became really interested in research and found her career taking this pathway.  She is now the trial coordinator for the Deaf Autism Project (Diagnostic Instruments for Autism and Deaf children Study (DIADs)).

training@linguistpd.co.uk

Course Curriculum

Webinar Recording
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