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Changing the Course of Autism Conference 2013 - Edinburgh - UPDATE

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An opening ceremony was held at the Scottish Parliament on the evening of 11th June prior to this two-day conference.

Hamish Mair, Chairman of the Autism Treatment Trust, gave an opening speech, followed by an address from Murdo Fraiser, MSP Parliamentary advisor of the charity.  The audience then heard from Prof Martha Herbert of Harvard Medical School and FAB Research's Dr Alex Richardson.

This opening ceremony was filmed and you can watch the video here:  Opening Ceremony

See also:

The Autism Revolution by Martha Herbert in the FAB Research bookstore.

For more from Prof Martha Herbert, see 20 Apr 2011 - PBS Newshour - Dr Martha Herbert Extended Interview on Autism.

Treating Autism and the Autism Treatment Trust presented a two-day international conference for professionals and parents at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on the 12th and 13th of June 2013. The conference was very well attended with 250 delegates.

Current scientific understanding of the condition and intervention options were presented by speakers from around the world, including Dr Martha Herbert, Harvard Medical School, Dr Mady Hornig, Columbia University and Dr Alex Richardson, Oxford University and Founder/Director of Food and Behaviour Research amongst many others. Day two presentations were treatment oriented and included parent stories.

More and more advancement is being made in the quest for better understanding of this disorder. The world of autism has gone through major changes. It has moved from understanding the condition as resulting from poor parenting, the so-called “refrigerator mother”, to seeing it as being a genetic only disorder, to what now, is the increasingly prevailing view, a condition predominantly triggered by the environment. This inescapable realisation implies the possibility of both prevention and treatment.

To find out more about the Autism Treatment Trust and to view videos from the conference as they become available, please visit Autism Treatment Trust.