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BUGL hefur undanfarin ár staðið fyrir árlegum ráðstefnum þar sem markmiðið er að efla samvinnu milli þeirra aðila í heilbrigðis-, félags- og menntakerfinu sem sinna þjónustu fyrir börn og unglinga með geðraskanir. Auk þess er markmiðið að vekja athygli á rannsóknum og nýjum úrræðum í meðferð barna og unglinga með geðraskanir. Fyrirlesarar hafa komið víða að og verið bæði innlendir og erlendir. Ráðstefnan er ætluð starfsfólki; heilsugæslu, þjónustumiðstöðva, félagsþjónustu, barnaverndar, skóla og öðrum sem hafa áhuga.

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Ráðstefna BUGL 2021 ber titilinn "Margbreytileiki einhverfurófsins" verður  haldin 29. janúar frá kl. 12:30 – 16:00.
Ráðstefnan verður með breyttu sniði í ár vegna heimsfaraldursins. Ráðstefnunni verður streymt í gegnum Facebook síðu Landspítala og öllum aðgengileg að kostnaðarlausu. 
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Ef einhverjar spurningar vakna sendið tölvupóst á soffiaee@landspitali.is

Title: Compensation in Autism Spectrum Disorder: What is it and why does it matter?

Abstract: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is heterogenous in many ways, including developmental trajectory. Whilst many autistic people continue to demonstrate substantial social difficulties across the lifespan, a subset show improved social skills. It is currently unclear whether these improvements in social skills are necessarily underpinned by improvements in underlying social cognition (e.g., understanding others’ minds or Theory of Mind). One potential explanation is that some autistic people can ‘compensate’ for their underlying difficulties (e.g., in Theory of Mind), thus demonstrating relatively few autistic behaviours, despite continued core cognitive difficulties.

The process of compensation may have an array of benefits for autistic people, for example, helping individuals to gain and maintain relationships and employment. However, it is also possible that compensation has negative impacts, because individuals do not always appearautistic in behaviour and thus do not receive appropriate support and accommodations. For example, it may contribute to additional mental health difficulties and a late diagnosis of ASD. Overall, the topic of compensation has received surprisingly little theoretical and empirical attention. In this talk, I will present the compensation framework, give an overview of my research investigating the mechanisms of compensation in ASD and discuss the implications of the phenomenon of compensation for clinical practice.

Biography: Lucy completed her BSc in Psychology at Durham University. She was then awarded MRC funding for a 1+3 MSc + PhD programme at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (King’s College London). Lucy’s PhD, supervised by Professor Francesca Happé, focused on understanding heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the study of compensatory mechanisms. She also received additional MRC funding to carry out applied research with the National Autistic Society, with whom she has worked closely for many years. Lucy is now a Lecturer in Psychology at Cardiff University within the Wales Autism Research Centre, where she leads her own programme of research. She is also an active member of Autistica’s Study Group for furthering research into Physical Health and Ageing in Autism.

Her current research interests include developmental trajectories, late diagnosis and co-occurring mental health difficulties in ASD and other neurodevelopmental conditions. She is passionate about meaningfully involving autistic people in all stages of her research. Her work has been published in leading Psychology and Psychiatry journals. In 2020, she won the Neil O’Connor British Psychological Society Developmental Section prize for her work.

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