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LIVE WEBCAST: Masterclass – Diagnosis and Intervention for Children and Adolescents with Autism 9 – 10 September 2021

$315.00$630.00

Earlybird price til 19th August 2021

Thursday 9th & Friday 10th September, 2021 – 9.30am – 4.00pm   Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

This intensive two-day masterclass has been designed to increase participant’s knowledge and skills in the diagnostic assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Level 1 and Level 2 ASD, including Asperger’s syndrome.

Day one

During day one, participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a child or adolescents to determine whether that child is on the autism spectrum, including measurement of comorbidity, differential diagnosis, use of psychometric assessment, and both written and oral reporting or results to parents, teachers and the child.

Day two

During day two, participants will learn best practice models for intervention with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, including individual and group therapy programs, and classroom accommodations that help.

Who is this Masterclass for?

Health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome as part of their practice, including psychologists, teachers, teachers assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.

You will also 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

The link to the Event will be sent via email, please check your Promotions inbox if you have not received the link on the Monday before the Event. Alternatively, make events@attoodandgarnettevents.com a Contact in your email contact list to ensure that you do not miss anything from us.

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Description

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 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

Day 1

This intensive Master Class has been designed to increase participant’s knowledge and skills in the diagnostic assessment of children and adolescents with ASD Level 1 and Level 2, including the Asperger’s syndrome sub-type. Participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a child or adolescents to determine whether that child is on the autism spectrum, including measurement of comorbidity, differential diagnosis, use of psychometric assessment, and both written and oral reporting or results to parents, teachers and the child.

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 ASD
    • How to recognise and assess common comorbid and differential diagnoses associated with ASD
    • Report preparation skills
    • How to share diagnostic assessment results with parents
    • How to disclose and explain the diagnosis to a child or adolescent

Modules

Module 1: Understanding DSM5 criteria and specifiers, and what they mean. Female presentation of ASD, use of camouflaging in ASD, and a new screener for girls.

Module 2: Our recommended psychometric tools for screening and diagnosis of autism. Overview of the Australian National Guidelines for assessing autism from the Autism CRC. 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 how well the child or teen understands 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-morbid conditions are discussed, including what to look for, how to assess, how to differentiate and how co-morbid conditions affect each other.

Module 4: More common differential diagnoses and co-morbid conditions are discussed. Developing a therapeutic plan. Preparing the report. How and when to explain the diagnosis to the child and to others.
Video of Tony explain the diagnosis to a mother of a small child.
Video example of a great resource to explain autism to teachers and peers: Amazing Things Happen.

Day 2

This intensive Master Class has been designed to increase participant’s knowledge and skills in intervention with children and adolescents with ASD Level 1 and Level 2, including the Asperger’s syndrome sub-type. Participants will learn best practice models for intervention with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, including use of CBT and mindfulness, individual and group therapy programs for depression, anxiety and friendship, and classroom accommodations that help.

Learning outcomes

  • How to modify intervention and teaching methods for a child or adolescent with autism
    • How to use CBT techniques to treating depression in adolescents with ASD
    • How to develop a safety plan for a depression attack in ASD
    • Anxiety reduction strategies for both children and adolescents with ASD
    • How to understand and manage a ‘meltdown’ and a range of challenging behaviours
    • How to increase understanding and expression of affection and friendship in children and adolescents with ASD
    • Potential challenges for the professional working in ASD and how to manage those challenges

Modules

Module 1 : Modifications to teaching and therapy for children and teens with ASD 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 techniques to treat and manage depression in adolescents with autism.
Video of Tony in a therapy session with a 10 year old girl with autism who self-harms.

Module 3: Depression attacks and how to create a safety plan. Use of medication in ASD. Recognising the ways anxiety present in a child or adolescent with autism, and strategies for assisting a child or adolescent with autism to cope with their high levels of anxiety.

Module 4: Managing angry episodes and challenging behaviour in autism. More strategies to teach children and adolescents with autism 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.

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 events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com 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.