Laurie Morgen is an East Midlands based speaker, trainer and mentor. She has lifelong experience of autism across the spectrum from both personal and professional aspects. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 44, she found it explained many of her quirks and struggles she faced growing up and into adulthood. Her two sons, now adult, were later diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and she also supported her niece through the diagnostic process.
After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010, Laurie worked as a mentor with the National Autistic Society at DeMontfort University in Leicester where, among other things, she ran a social group for students with autism spectrum conditions. She has sat on professional panels, worked with autism researchers across the country, assisted in the development of the ADOS test and taken part in a BBC TV documentary (“Living With Autism”, Horizon, 2014). She has spoken at the Autism Shows in Manchester, London and Birmingham besides giving talks and running workshops for parents and professionals. Her workshops have been delivered to front line council staff, GPs, social workers, foster carers, children’s home staff and counsellors, to list just a few.
“The diagnosis changed my life completely, and that of my entire family,” she says, “almost straight away, I began working with autism researchers. These are the professionals of tomorrow whose growing understanding of autism will change the outcomes for so many children.”
Laurie draws on her experiences, work and family life to bring inspiration to those with an interest in autism.