This intensive one-day Masterclass will increase the participant’s knowledge and skill in providing support and therapy to autistic children and adolescents. Participants will learn best practice models for therapy with autistic children and adolescents, including adaptations for teaching, and individual and group therapy programs. Specific therapeutic techniques are provided for treating depression and anxiety, provision of family support, and encouraging friendship and a positive self-identity. Classroom accommodations that support autistic students at school are also provided.
The course material is presented using a combination of didactic teaching, taped demonstrations from real life clinical sessions, case studies, and question time. There are several Handouts included to assist clinicians in their practice and to supplement the teaching process.
See the trailer below for more information on Day 2’s content.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ATTENDING MASTERCLASS DAY 1?
For full information about Day 1, please see Masterclass Day 1 – Diagnosis for Autistic Children & Adolescents
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.
Participants will Learn:
How to understand and conceptualise emotional difficulties in autism
How to modify therapy and teaching methods for an autistic child or adolescent
Recognising and managing executive functioning problems
How to use CBT and mindfulness techniques to treat depression in autistic children and adolescents
How to develop a safety plan for a depression attack
Anxiety reduction strategies for autistic children and adolescents
How to understand and manage a ‘meltdown’ and a range of challenging behaviours
How to increase understanding and expression of affection and friendship
The importance of the development of the authentic self for autistic children and teenagers and strategies for doing so
Module 1: Modifications to teaching and therapy for autistic children and adolescents are described, based on understanding the learning profile of the autistic child or adolescent.
Module 2: Strategies to increase or accommodate difficulties with understanding and expressing emotion. Why and how to utilise mindfulness strategies. Using CBT and mindfulness techniques to treat and manage depression.
Video of Tony in a therapy session with a 10 year old autistic girl who self-harms.
Module 3: Depression attacks and how to create a safety plan. Use of medication with autistic children and adolescents. Recognising the ways anxiety present in autism, and strategies for assisting an autistic child or adolescent to cope with their high levels of anxiety.
Module 4: Managing meltdowns, shutdowns and challenging behaviour in autism. More strategies to teach autistic children and adolescents to assist them to manage their anxiety, and recommended resources and techniques to help them to develop friendships and understand affection. Professional challenges and how to cope.
“Very engaging and vibrant. A pleasure to learn from the best in the field.”
“Tony and Michelle are at the cutting edge of knowledge for autism in Australia. They most certainly inspired me !!!!”
“A wonderful workshop given by Tony and Michelle. It was amazing how much they covered in 1 day. 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 autistic people.”
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 (upon request)
5.5 hours elective CPD per day of the Masterclass, within the participant’s professional organisation.
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