LIVE IN NOOSA AND LIVE WEBCAST: Autistic Girls and Women 20 August 2021


Earlybird price til Friday 6th August, 2021

Friday 20th August, 2021 – 9.30am – 4.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST – Brisbane)

Noosa Venue: THE J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads,Queensland, Australia

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.

Who will Benefit?

  • Parents and family members
  • Autistic girls and women
  • Health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with autism as part of their practice, including psychologists, teachers, teachers assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists, paediatricians, counsellors, social workers, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners – mental health, and developmental educators.

Does your Child or Adolescent have NDIS Funding?

If you are self-managed or third party-managed and parent education is in the Plan you can use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

I am Attending the Live Webcast, What will I Receive?

  • Access to the presentation for 60 days following the live event
  • A Live Chat Room for Q&A with Tony & Michelle throughout the day
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Attendance

I am Attending the Live Noosa Event at The J, what will I Receive?

  • Access to the presentation for 60 days following the live event
  • Live Q&A with Tony & Michelle
  • Catering: arrival tea and coffee, morning tea and lunch
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Attendance

This live course counts for 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development or Teacher Accreditation hours. (For NSW Teachers: the course may be recorded as an elective PD with NESA).

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Live Noosa
$215.00 $195.00
Live Webcast
$195.00 $175.00


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 is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, educator, and author. Recently featured on ABC’s Australian Story, Tony is one of the world’s foremost authorities on autism. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals is an international best seller and seminal in the field.


Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for 27 years. In 2005 she founded Minds & Hearts, a now internationally recognised Clinic. Her research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health. She has co-authored six highly regarded books on autism, including a seminal work with Barb Cook on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.

Learning Objectives

To learn how autism can be expressed in girls and women, how they may adapt to autism and strategies to enhance specific abilities.

Module 1

  • The profile of abilities of girls and women who have autism
  • Imitation and camouflaging
  • Girls interests
  • Pathways to a diagnostic assessment

Module 2

  • Question time
  • A new screening tool for girls and women
  • Self-identity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Strategies to enhance and express the sense of self
  • Empathic attunement
  • Alexithymia
  • Energy accounting

Module 3

  • Question time
  • Anxiety
  • Polyvagal theory and autism
  • Friendships and relationships
  • Psychological reactions to being different
  • Issues experienced by teenage girls
  • Resources
  • A diagnosis of autism in the adult years

Module 4

  • Question time
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Being a mother with ASD
  • The adult female personal expression of autism
  • Employment


What will I be able to do as a result of attending this webcast?

Understand the adaptations to autism by girls and women, their daily challenges in making and keeping friends, learning, sensory sensitivity, emotion expression and regulation and sense of self as well as achieving and maintaining employment and being a mother.

Who will benfit?

  • Parents and family members
  • Autistic girls and women
  • Teachers, therapists, psychologists, paediatricians and psychiatrists

Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy Australia

Please Note: The quickest and easiest way to book is online.

Discount: If you are a full time student requiring a discount please enquire about our student rate and send in a photocopy of your student ID card or if you are facing hardship please email to apply for a discount.

For Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice payment will be refunded, minus a $50 administrative fee. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Attwood and Garnett Events for future events, minus $50, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable.