A two-day conference focusing on developments and the latest research on autism has opened in Belfast.
The event will look at developments in treating the condition
The event at the Europa Hotel on Friday and Saturday is a collaboration between the University of Ulster, the Irish Autism Alliance and a Belfast charity, Parents' Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT).
The conference brings together an international panel of experts to share their knowledge with parents and professionals in Ireland to help children and young people.
The panelists include Gina Green whose recent literary credits include Making a Difference: Behavioural Intervention for Autism.
The conference was opened on Friday by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for children and young people, Nigel Williams.
Series of workshops
Dr Mickey Keenan of the University of Ulster's School of Psychology said: "This is a great opportunity to meet leaders in the field of autism and to hear why the science-based approach of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is recognised as the treatment of choice.
"As a whole, the two days will offer an important chance for families and professionals to ask a panel of world-wide experts questions and hear first-hand the latest developments on the subject and make contact with other people who also have a relative with autism."
The conference begins with an assessment of the evidence about Applied Behaviour Analysis and other interventions for the treatment of autism.
On the second day, the panel of scholars and experts will focus more practically on ways to help parents and professionals in Ireland via a series of workshops.