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Asperger's Syndrome and the Autism Spectrum

“I think everyone should experience the positivity these two exude while speaking so passionately about autism.” Attendee, Emotion Management Workshop Perth 2018


Gender Identity and Autism – Supporting Adolescents While They Find Themselves by Dr Wesley Turner, Clinical Psychologist

The development of self-identity and gender identity can be a confusing time for most adolescents. This can be especially true for adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, as they are typically slower to develop self-concept than their neurotypical peers. In helping AS clients explore their self-identity and gender, psychologists may wish to be guided by initial clinical guidelines that have been developed for co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder...

A Raven in a World of Crows By Ally Kingston

About the author: When Tony and I were in Oxford, UK, in January, we were privileged to present with the Autism Oxford Speakers. Presenting her debut speech for Autism Oxford was Ally Kingston, a young autistic woman of 15 years old (pictured above). We found out that Ally is a real Star, wise beyond her years, funny and eloquent. I asked Ally if she would be happy for us to publish her speech, in order to share her eloquence and wisdom. Graciously, Ally said yes, so here it is!

Bullying by Amy Cleator, Provisional Psychologist

Children and young people with ASD typically report higher rates of victimization and bullying than their typically developing (TD) peers. For many young people with ASD, difficulties in understanding others, interacting with peers, and reading social cues can lead to a misunderstanding of social interactions. Youth with ASD also tend to experience higher levels of negative emotion (e.g., anger and anxiety) and have more difficulty with self-control, compared to TD ...

"I see people with Asperger's syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life"
Prof. Tony Attwood
Clinical Psychologist


Make sure you book your ticket for Tony and Michelle's information packed events below...

Attwood, Zimmerman and Turner: Addictive Behaviours in Adolescents and Adults with ASD – Brisbane QLD 26 July 2019

9.30am – 4.00pm Friday 26th July, 2019 Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, 578 Royal Esplanade, Manly QLD 4179 This presentation will explore how those with ASD are vulnerable to the development of addictive and unhealthy behaviours and understanding biological, psychological and environmental risk factors. The presentation will have an emphasis on addictive and unhealthy behaviours affecting young adolescent individuals, such as gaming, pornography and substances, and will provide strategies to parents/carers and professionals working with this population.

Attwood and Garnett: Challenging Behaviour in Classic Autism – Nerang QLD 23 August 2019

Friday 23rd August, 2019 – 9.30am – 4.00pm Nerang RSL, 69 Nerang Street, Nerang QLD 4211 Strategies to develop communication skills for those who have limited speech The learning profile associated with classic autism and strategies to encourage the acquisition of academic and daily living skills The effects of social experiences and facilitating social engagement The sensory profile of autism and how to accommodate sensory sensitivity The signs of increasing anxiety, anger or despair and how to manage and moderate emotional reactions

“A wonderful workshop given by Tony and Michelle. It was amazing how much they covered in 2 days. The level of detail was perfect; including research details, applied approaches and then personal stories so that we could all identify with the case study. They both have such a wonderful open and kind approach that it is hard not to come away inspired and invigorated with ideas of how to help our wonderful ASD people.” Attendee, Master Class 2018

Minds & Hearts provides psychology services and training specifically for Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

Minds & Hearts was conceived to meet the enormous need for services specifically tailored for people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC), and to increase knowledge and awareness about these conditions.

"For a few decades now, we've believed that for every girl on the autism spectrum, there are four boys," said Dr Michelle Garnett, a Brisbane clinical psychologist who specialises in autism diagnoses. "We now think the ratio is one girl to every two boys. That's many more girls than first thought."
Dr Michelle Garnett
Clinical Psychologist
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