Join the Warwick Midlands Network at our next event on 17th March 2016.
We are pleased to welcome Award-winning author, campaigner and expert on Autism and communication Vikie Shanks
Communication is critically important in every single part of our lives and yet we all tend to take it for granted. My talk takes us back to absolute basics with some hilarious ‘real life’ illustrations of just how wrong communication can go if we don’t pay enough attention to what we say and how we say it. I’ll be looking at the different ways in which people give and receive information and the pitfalls to look out for. I’ll also be discussing all modern forms of communication and debating the merits and downfalls of each, from texting to Skyping.
I’ve had to learn about communication as an incredibly important part of my everyday life with 6 autistic children and another with severe Dysxlexia, some of the situations we have ended up in have led to an accumulation of extreme examples of when communication is NOT effective! I discuss communication from the perspective of a person who has lived it and learnt some very harsh lessons from the misuse of it, rather than someone who understands the theory only. Sometimes real life can teach us more than anything else!
8:30am-9am - Networking
This event is organised by your Warwick Midlands Network Committee.
Vikie Shanks is no ordinary interviewee/speaker. She tells her story and experiences from the heart. From living with her children’s Autism to dealing with mental health and the horrific suicide of her husband, and all the issues that this causes, Vikie has been there and lived through it all. Despite all that life has thrown at her, Vikie continues to bounce back….
In fact, her inspiring journey has led her to become an author, campaigner, an expert in the field of Autism and a motivational speaker. If you need an engaging and truly awe-inspiring person to be interviewed on anything from Autism to communication, or to tell her shocking but motivational story, then you’ve just found her.
Vikie has seven children; six of them have Autism and two have Cerebral Palsy. One has severe Dyslexia. Not only that, but her late husband was mentally ill and committed suicide seven and a half years ago, leaving her and her vulnerable family in debt and in the worst position imaginable. But Vikie fought on. She used every ounce of gut and determination within her to make the lives of her children the best they could be.
Through everything that Vikie has experienced, she’s continued to fight for her children with Autism, and helped people to understand why communication is so important in life. Vikie’s work has led to several books, and numerous awards and TV appearances.
Vikie demonstrated remarkable strength of character to channel her experiences into becoming an author and motivational speaker. She has shown that the most trying of circumstances can be used as a positive force in promoting awareness of Autism and mental health issues. She also speaks to the value of good communication, a lesson vital both in life and in business.
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Thursday 17 March 2016, 07:00 - 09:00
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