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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


Adaptations to Autism By Professor Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist

One of the central characteristics of autism in DSM 5 is a deficit in social communication and social interaction. The social and interpersonal aspects of life are a challenge, so how does the person who has autism adapt to these challenges? Clinical experience suggests there are three potential adaptations: the introvert, the “intensive” extrovert, and the “camouflaging” extrovert. The Introvert The more easily recognized adaptation is that of the person who could be described as an ...

Gifted Children on the Spectrum – How Can We Support Them? by Dr Wesley Turner, Clinical Psychologist

Often, ASD individuals who are also Gifted present with a combination of cognitive abilities and executive function difficulties that result in a ‘perfect storm’ that negatively impacts on academic and social performance. Typically, their neurocognitive profiles include discrepancies in the following areas: Cognitive Flexibility (the ability to make transitions, tolerate change, problem-solve flexibility and switch attention); Inhibitory...

Dogs Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum By Toneya Ashby, Psychologist

There is a growing body of research exploring the positive impact of dogs (and indeed a variety of other domestic animals) on individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Many individuals on the Autism Spectrum will describe or be observed to possess a natural affinity with animals. Animals, and particularly dogs, provide a multitude of benefits to someone with ASD. They come with a present-focused, non-judgemental...

"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...

Master Class: Children and Adolescents with ASD – Melbourne VIC 17 & 18 October 2019

Thursday 17th & Friday 18th October, 2019 – 9.30am – 4.00pm Manningham Hotel and Club, 1 Thompsons Road, Bulleen VIC 3105 ABOUT THIS MASTER CLASS Course materials are presented, using a combination of didactic teaching, taped demonstrations from real life clinical sessions, case studies, small group work, and question time. Each day is a stand-alone workshop, and participants may choose to choose either one or both workshops. DAY ONE Designing/conducting a diagnostic assessment, comorbidity and differential diagnoses, screening/diagnostic tools, report preparation, designing a treatment plan, and sharing results with families and children/adolescents. DAY TWO Innovations in CBT for depression in adolescents with ASD, anxiety reduction strategies, managing challenging behaviours, fostering expression of affection and friendships, and professional challenges in the field.

Girls and Women with ASD – Melbourne VIC 19 October 2019

Saturday 19th October, 2019 – 9.30am – 4.00pm Manningham Hotel and Club, 1 Thompsons Road, Bulleen VIC 3105 This presentation will celebrate the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum (ASD). It will increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation of ASD and share strategies we find useful in clinical practice. We will address key challenges, including self-understanding, adolescence, relationships and expressing and managing emotions. We will provide strategies to maximise the possibility of successful outcomes. The presentation is for parents and family members, individuals on the spectrum, counsellors, GPs, occupational therapists, paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, teachers and teacher’s assistants.

“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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