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Know your normal

04 June 2018, 1:15 pm–2:00 pm

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Catherine Thomson


Roberts Building, G08 lecture theatre, UCL
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

Everyone's 'normal' is different. But what are the consequences on our mental health when we are pressured to act more like other people and their view of 'normal'?

Co-presented by UCL Institute of Education social scientist Dr Laura Crane, and young autistic advocate Jack Welch, this session will explore themes from an innovative co-produced 2017 research project on the experiences of mental health in young autistic people.

Autism affects 1 in 100 children, young people and adults in the UK. Whilst autism is not a mental health condition, around 70-80% of children and adults on the autism spectrum have experienced mental health problems. You'll be encouraged to reflect on what your own idea of 'normal' is, and through interactive discussions, we'll think about how we perceive and treat people whose 'normal' might be different to our own. What will you learn about your 'normal'…?

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