LIVE WEBCAST and LIVE in Melbourne: MASTERCLASS Diagnosis for Autistic Children and Adolescents - 23rd March 2023


Early Bird pricing ends 9th March, 2023 – Venue TBA

23rd March, 2023 (Diagnosis for Autistic Children and Adolescents

& 24th March, 2023 (Therapy for Autistic Children and Adolescents)

9.30am – 4.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST – Brisbane)

The recording is available for 60 days after the live event.


This intensive one-day Master Class has been designed to add to the participant’s discipline-specific knowledge and skills in the diagnostic assessment of children and adolescents to determine whether the child is on the autism spectrum. The training includes measurement of co-occurring conditions, differential diagnosis, use of psychometric assessment, report preparation skills and disclosure of a diagnosis of autism to parents and the child.

Who will benefit?

Health and educational professionals who are involved in the diagnostic assessment of children and adolescents, including psychologists, teachers, teacher’s assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.

Teaching Process

The course material is presented using a combination of didactic teaching, taped demonstrations from real life clinical sessions, case studies, and question time. Each day is a stand-alone workshop, and participants may choose either one or both workshops. There are several Handouts included to assist clinicians in their practice and to supplement the teaching process.

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 Day 2 of this event.


See trailers below for more information on each day’s content. (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 currently works in his own private practice and is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006, has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1. Tony has been a sole and joint author for a further 14 subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press. He has also contributed to 38 research papers and 22 book chapters.


Dr Michelle Garnett PhD Dr Michelle Garnett is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for 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 seven highly regarded books on autism, six with Prof Tony Attwood. Her most recent book, Autism Working: A Seven-Stage Plan to Thriving at Work lays out a practical plan for autistic adolescents and adults to thrive at work, including how to onboard an autistic employee. Her 2019 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She co-wrote Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum to provide guidance to parents of young autistic children. She runs a private practice in Brisbane, Australia, and regularly provides training in autism nationally and internationally.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives

Understand DSM5 definitions in autism and how to gain data to compare against these, including the female profile

Know best practice guidelines for diagnostic assessment of autism

How to design and conduct a diagnostic assessment for a child or adolescent

Recommended screening and diagnostic psychometric tools for autism

How to recognise and assess common co-occurring and differential diagnoses associated with autism

Report preparation skills

How to share diagnostic assessment results with parents

How to disclose and explain the diagnosis to a child or adolescent


Module 1: Understanding DSM5 criteria and specifiers, and what they mean. Female presentation of autism, use of camouflaging in autism, and new screeners for the female presentation.

Module 2: Our recommended psychometric tools for screening and diagnosis of autism. How to assess social communication skills and understanding in autism.

Video of Tony assessing a two year old girl for autism.

Module 3: How to assess the child or adolescent’s understanding of their own and other’s emotions, the intensity of their interests, their language profile, sensory processing, self-care skills and motor abilities. Common differential diagnoses and co-occurring conditions are discussed, including what to look for, how to assess, how to differentiate and how co-occurring conditions affect each other.

Module 4: More common differential diagnoses and co-occurring conditions are discussed. Developing a therapeutic plan. Preparing the report. How and when to explain the diagnosis to the child and to others.


“Michelle and Tony provided such a positive and uplifting presentation on ASD, I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which you promoted ASD as a strength rather than a defective quality.”

“Thankyou you both very much. A savvy and sophisticated partnership.”

“Really enjoyed the videos and case studies. Very motivating. Fantastic training!”

What You Will 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

5.5 hours elective CPD per day of the Masterclass, within the participant’s professional organisation.

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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.