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Presentations 

 

I’m available for speaking engagements for conferences, seminars or workshops, with professional or private organisations and groups.

 

My presentations look at autistic thinking and information-processing, where the aim is not just to learn about people on the autistic spectrum, but also to learn from them. The presentation is an opportunity to re-examine our own approaches to decision-making and problem-solving,  and to get people thinking about just how they work through these and related situations in their professional and personal lives.

 

Presentations can range from 45 minutes to all-day seminars. I’m based in Paris, speak French, but my talks are usually in English. Participation in seminars and conferences via Skype or Web Conferencing is also a possibility.

 

The presentation takes the following as a starting point, and can be tailored to the intended audience:

 

 

The Autism Advantage:

 

Trade secrets from the autistic mind: How autistic people think, and what we can learn from them. 

 

Companies from Microsoft through to Hewlett Packard to the British intelligence agency GCHQ are hiring autistic workers, not for any specific individual capabilities, but because being autistic brings a unique skill set. Software giant SAP have launched a program aimed at having 1% of their 65,000 workforce on the autistic spectrum by 2020. What sets these employees apart is being referred to as “the autism advantage”.

 

But what is this autism advantage? What processes and techniques are people on the autistic spectrum using which gives them an advantage? How does the autistic brain function to give autistic people an edge?

 

The presentation seeks to answer these questions through an in-depth examination of the autistic brain at work as it navigates different situations. We look at concrete and real-world examples to see how these processes play out, exploring the differences between autistic and non-autistic approaches to reasoning and problem-solving. Finally, we consider how we can apply these techniques in our own lives, both personally and professionally.

 

Topics to be covered include:

 

- information selection/exclusion (data filtering)

- working with process

- logical consistency

- group and social psychology and its impact on decision-making

- critical thinking 

- cognitive fallacies, heuristics and biases

- non-hierarchical approaches to problem-solving

- bottom-up versus top-town information processing

 

If you have any questions or would like to explore any of this further, by all means, get in touch:

 

Peter: autadvantage@gmail.com