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Knowledge Exchange Event on Neurodiversity

Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: KHBS3022, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Taylor Mitchell, Nicola Ryan/ Sue Gibson, Paty Paliokosta, Aga Buckley and Theo Kostidakis

Knowledge Exchange Event on Neurodiversity

The event aims to promote inclusive learning environments and foster professional collaboration for supporting neurodivergent students at school and HE. Activities will include speed-dating, visual presentations, and workshops on key topics like supporting neurodivergent students and improving communication between higher education and work sectors. The UNSEEN performance by Taylor Mitchell will explore neurotypical expectations and invisible disabilities by inviting the audience to interact with the stage, to invite critical reflection of who/what is not seen and who gets to choose. Parallel sessions will offer practical strategies and discussions, including embodied approaches to self-care. The plenary session co-constructs short-term outcomes and plans for ongoing collaboration and research, with a follow-up event scheduled for September 2024. Overall, the event seeks to tackle systemic barriers and create inclusive environments for all students, emphasising the value of understanding different learning styles and abilities.

Date and Time: Wednesday 22nd May, 4-7pm

Venue: KHBS3022

Rundown of the event

4:00- 4:30 Introduction to Neurodivergence:

  • Engage participants through activities like speed-dating and visual presentations.
  • Highlight the concept of neurodiversity and the value of understanding different learning styles and abilities.
  • Share insights from the ‘Network of Equality Champions' project on Neuroinclusive learning environments, and other university and sector initiatives, focusing on tackling systemic barriers and creating inclusive environments for all, including neurodivergent students.

 

4:40-5:30 UNSEEN (Performance and opening presentation)

Taylor Mitchell (BA MA (He/Him), Lead Creative Arts Psychotherapist, HCPC registered Arts Therapist, Qualified MA Drama therapist)  

UNSEEN performance is about power and disclosure, exploring neurotypical expectations of people with 'invisible' disabilities by inviting the audience to interact with the stage, to invite critical reflection of who/what is not seen and who gets to choose.

 

5:40-6:15 Parallel Sessions (Supported by SIG Members and invited experts):

Facilitated workshops and discussions on key topics to promote knowledge exchange and professional collaboration.

Parallel Session Topics (Indicative):

  • Strategies for Supporting Neurodivergent Students (Nicola Ryan/ Sue Gibson)
  • Share practical strategies and accommodations to support neurodivergent students in educational settings. (Paty Paliokosta)
  • Communication and Collaboration between HE and Work Sectors: Discuss strategies for building positive relationships and effective communication to support inclusive practice and work placements. (Aga Buckley)
  • Experiential session-embodied approach: The Importance of Self-Care and Mental Health (Theo Kostidakis, Drama Therapist)

 

6:15-7:00 Plenary

Our Short-Term Outcomes

Co-construct outcomes of the day and next steps using visual and art-facilitated experiential methods (Theo Kostidakis)

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Paty Paliokosta
Email: p.paliokosta@kingston.ac.uk

Directions

Directions to KHBS3022, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB:

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