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Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

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Presentations and Consulting for
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


Generalisation of Social Skills in the Real World by Sonya Blandford

Social skills can be described as initiating and reciprocating interactions, understanding non-verbal communication and managing anxiety associated with social interactions.   Social skill deficits that have not been addressed can have a long term negative impact on a child's life including difficulties around employment, maintaining friendships and mental health.   Social skills development is a frequently implemented intervention for children with ASD.   Breaking a social skill into small steps and emphasising cues to use...

Sexuality Education for Teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood

Typical teenagers are usually very enthusiastic about lessons at school on sexuality, due to their own and their peers, developing sexual awareness. Any perceived deficits in formal sexuality education are obtained by private peer group discussion. However, from my clinical experience and recent research studies, this may not be case for those teenage boys and girls with Asperger’s syndrome. They are often socially isolated and may not have a circle of friends who discuss and disclose information on sexuality and...

School Refusal by Professor Tony Attwood

There are many aspects of being at school that are challenging and stressful for children and adolescents who have autism. This can lead to school refusal, and a recent research study conducted in Norway has explored the risk of school refusal for students who have autism (Munkhaugen et al. 2017). The study, conducted over a 20 day period, included 216 primary and high school students of whom 78 had autism. The risk of school refusal for the children who had autism was 42.6 per cent, while the risk for typical children was only...

"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...

Girls and Women with ASD

9.30am - 4.00pm - Friday 15th February, 2019
VENUE: Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre, 309 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW 2302
This presentation will celebrate the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum. It will increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation of ASD and share strategies we find useful in clinical practice.

Emotion Management for Children & Teens with ASD

9:30am - 4:00pm - Friday 15th March, 2019
Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Woden, ACT 2606
Children and adolescents with an ASD have difficulty with the comprehension, expression and regulation of emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression and subsequent effects on family, teachers, friends and peers.

“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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