Research has shown over several decades now that it is very common for autistic individuals to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, with some research studies estimating the co-occurrence to be up to 70%. Even if the person does not meet the full diagnostic criteria for ADHD, they often show fragments of the condition, having difficulties with focus, concentration, planning, organisation, and impulsivity.
This presentation will cover the latest research on autism and ADHD, the additional strengths, and challenges of being autistic and having ADHD, and strategies to cope across school, work, leisure and home. ADHD and autism across the age span will be covered. The purpose of the workshop is to equip participants to understand and support their own ADHD or their child’s or clients, in the context of autism, to maximise the possibility of the best outcomes.
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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 has 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. He is currently an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Tony has written many publications on Asperger’s Syndrome. His original book, titled Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals was published in 1998 and has been translated into over 25 languages.
Tony operates a diagnostic and psychological support clinic two days a week for children and adults. He also spends considerable time travelling nationally and internationally to present workshops and seminars.
Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for nearly 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 six highly regarded books on autism, five with Prof Tony Attwood. Her 2018 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Her most recent books Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum provide guidance to parents of young children on the autism spectrum. She regularly provides training to four Australian Universities.