Delivering the largest autism training programme for education staff in Europe

Sarah-Jane Critchley

Autism Education Trust

Sarah-Jane Critchley has been with the Autism Education Trust since June 2008 working with a range of stakeholders to improve educational provision for young people with autism and securing continuous funding from the DfE of £5.2M since its inception. She has delivered the development, monitoring and management of a number of programmes including training that has reached over 100,000 education-based staff in England since 2012. She is the author of 'A Different Joy: the parents' guide to living better with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and more...' and has written for Charity Finance and ICSA. She designed and delivered marketing programmes and training in the management of key clients for the construction Industry and implemented sales and marketing programmes for a newly privatised organisation. She has had extensive operational and facilities management experience including leadership of over 100 staff and an operational budget in excess of £17M. Sarah-Jane holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) specialising in the management of change from City University.Linked-In Autism Education

Karen Guldberg

University of Birmingham

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Katerina Laskaridou


Katerina Sofianopoulou is a Psychologist (MSc) and cognitive-behavioral therapy practitioner. She has also had training in cognitive-behavioural drama for children with autism and specific learning disabilities. Her research activity includes conference presentations, writing articles on issues related to the cognitive behavioural treatment of children and adolescents, and participation in research programmes.She has worked with the Psychiatric Clinic of Agia Sophia Children's Hospital and the Mental Health Center of the Peristeri region, offering evaluation and treatment for children with mental health disorders. She has been working as a Psychologist at the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation since 2013, implementing mental health programmes at the primary and secondary levels of education.Since 2014, she has been working with other professionals and at private centers offering CBT treatment, diagnosis and support to children and adolescents with specific learning disabilities as well as parenting counselling and CBD for children with autism.

Roberta Sala

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Roberta is a lecturer in Methods and Techniques of Psychological Assessment at the Faculty of Psychology of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan and Brescia and Professor of Education Cooperative for the certification course for support teachers. She is a psychologist, educator and psychomotor therapist. Her main research areas lie in the social and scholastic inclusion of children with autism, using multimedia and Web 2.0 tools, cooperative learning environments and self-regulated learning. She collaborates with the Service of Educational Psychology (Psychology Department, Catholic University) and with the Research Centre for Disability and Marginality (CeDisMa). She is involved in numerous inclusion projects in the school as well as parent training interventions. In particular, on behalf of the Cooperative Zorba of which she is vice president, she provides advice in schools for the preparation of inclusive education projects in favor of children with autism and deals specifically with social inclusion projects and support for parenting and parent training. From 2015 coordinates and conducts the exhibition-action "Up close", a path of knowledge of autism based on simulation and empathy.


Introduction A unique partnership of over 30 major organisations including people with autism at all levels is supported by government to improve the education of children and young people in schools and educational settings... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sarah-Jane Critchley (Autism Education Trust)
  2. Karen Guldberg (University of Birmingham)
  3. Katerina Laskaridou (Aikater)
  4. Roberta Sala (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Topic Area

Topics: Practice


R7 » Workshop (12:40 - Saturday, 17th September, Sidlaw Auditorium)