This presentation celebrates the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum. The presentation will equip the participant to:
- Understand why autistic girls and women are under diagnosed
- Recognise camouflaging and compensation coping mechanisms
- Recognise the ways the profile of abilities for autistic girls may be different to boys at different stages of development
- Appreciate the different pathways to diagnosis in autistic adolescent girls and women
- Utilise two new screening tools (QAS-C) designed to identify the characteristics of ASD level 1 in children and adolescents and in women
- Understand issues regarding self-identity and low self-esteem for autistic girls and women
- Strategies to enhance the concept of self
- Learn activities in a group programme (Being Me) developed for teenage girls with ASD
- Recognition of the effects of alexithymia and empathic attunement on the ability to experience and express emotions
- Strategies to recognise and regulate emotions
- The value of Energy Accounting to reduce the depth and duration of depression
- Understanding how Polyvagal theory can facilitate emotion management
- Learn strategies to develop friendship skills in childhood and adolescence
- Choose resources to improve social reasoning abilities
- Understand issues regarding adult relationships especially vulnerability, sexuality and being a mother
- Learn best ways for seeking and maintaining employment
See trailer below for more information on content for the day. (Please note that the topics for the live webcast and the online pre-recorded course are the same.)
About the speakers
Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has 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. He is currently adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Tony has written many publications on Asperger’s Syndrome. His original book, titled Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals was published in 1998 and has been translated into over 25 languages.
Tony operates a diagnostic and psychological support clinic two days a week for children and adults. He also spends considerable time travelling nationally and internationally to present workshops and seminars.
Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for nearly three decades. Her peer reviewed research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health for autistic individuals. She has co-authored six highly regarded books on autism, five with Prof Tony Attwood. Her 2018 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Her most recent books Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum provide guidance to parent of young children on the autism spectrum. She regularly provides training to four Australian Universities.