ONLINE COURSE: Autism and Bullying at School

$132.00

Details

  • 3 hours 9 mins
  • You have 60 days from the date of purchase to complete the course. A once-off 30-day extension is available*. See our FAQs for further information.
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • A Certificate of Completion is available upon request
  • Suitable for professionals

Who Will Benefit?

Educational professionals including: Teachers, Teacher’s Aides, Principals, Deputy Principals, Administrative Staff, Guidance Officers, School Counsellors. (NB: NSW Teachers can use this event as an Elective CPD)

Parents and carers with autistic children/teenagers currently attending primary or high school, Distance Education or Home Schooling.

Health professionals supporting autistic children and adolescents who attend school, for e.g.: Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses.

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.

 

Description

The majority of autistic children and adolescents have experienced frequent bullying by peers. Parents, teachers, and psychologists are very concerned about the psychological consequences which include school refusal, suspension, depression and trauma. Research on the prevalence rates of bullying for autistic children show that 40% experience daily bullying and a further 33% experience bullying two to three times a week. This contrasts with the prevalence of being a target for bullying for typical children of only 10%.

The webcast will focus on why autistic students are more likely to be bullied than their peers, the psychological effects of bullying on autistic boys and girls, and how they can acquire appropriate reactions and strategies to reduce the frequency and type of bullying. There also needs to be a whole school approach to bullying that includes the autistic child, peers, teachers, and school administration.

Event Trailer

About the speakers

Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding 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, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.

Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.

Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.

With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.

 

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of specialising in autism. In 2005, she founded Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialised to autism, where she served as Clinical and Managing Director for 14 years until 2019. Alongside Tony Attwood she co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, aiming to enhance autism awareness and understanding with a vision to foster a neuro-affirming community.
In addition to her extensive private practice, Dr Garnett has significantly contributed to autism research, authored influential books, and engaged in impactful speaking engagements. Her peer-reviewed research has informed our understanding of early autism identification, the female autism profile, and the link between mental health and positive outcomes in autistic individuals. She has co-authored six respected books on autism, including the influential Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism (2018) with Barb Cook, a seminal work on the female autism experience. Her recent books, Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum offer invaluable guidance to parents of young autistic children.
Dr Garnett is a sought-after presence in academic circles, presenting as a Keynote Speaker at conferences and conducting workshops, seminars, and training sessions on autism across Australia, the UK, and Europe. Her influence extends to universities, autism organisations, government, and non-governmental bodies, solidifying her reputation as a prominent figure in the autism field. Dr Garnett is autistic and has ADHD, late diagnosed.

Learning Objectives

To be aware of the latest research on bullying, the various types of bullying and the short and long-term consequences of bullying

To know why autistic children and adolescents are at greater risk of being bullied and the signs of being bullied.

Recognise where bullying is likely to occur.

To identify alternative responses to being bullied for an autistic child.

School and peer strategies to reduce the frequency and type of bullying.

What will I be able to do as a result of taking this course?

To have greater knowledge and confidence in supporting autistic children and adolescents who are bullied and decrease the psychological and long-term consequences of being bullied.

What You Will Receive

  • The Online Course runs for 3 hours
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Completion (upon request)
  • You may count 3 hours toward your CPD hours
  • Access to the content for 60 days from the date of purchase (accessed via the Member Dashboard). A once-off 30-day extension is available*. See our FAQs for further information.