The purpose of this presentation is to understand and celebrate the unique presentation of autistic girls and women, including transgender people, while increasing attendees’ awareness and knowledge of autism as it is experienced by females and to share strategies we find useful in clinical practice.
The presentation describes the strengths and abilities commonly experienced by autistic females, as well as key challenges, including self-understanding, developing an authentic self, navigating school and the workplace, executive function, including ADHD, developing relationships whilst staying true to oneself, self-advocacy and issues of mental health including anxiety, depression, autistic burnout, and eating disorders. Our presentation is based on recent relevant research and our combined 80 years of experience in autism. We discuss autism in females across the lifespan.
The workshop includes a combination of explanations, discussion, and Q&A. Participants can attend via an internet link to a live presentation and will have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is an opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.
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About the Speakers
Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a PhD from the University of London, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.
Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.
Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.
With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.