Bangor event will highlight latest autism and learning disability research


Geraint Jones

AN EVENT in Bangor will highlight research into autism and learning disabilities.

Speakers from Bangor University’s College of Health and Behavioural Sciences and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will give presentations on various projects at Powis Hall from 2-5pm on Thursday, January 30.

Dr John Parkinson, head of the Bangor University 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.”

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 Network, funded by the Welsh Government), who are sponsoring the event, praised the event.

She 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, which is free of charge, will be bilingual, with some presentations in English and some in Welsh.

Translation facilities will be available.

Those wanting to attend will need to register at, email Leah Jones at or by calling 01248 388 175.


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