ONLINE COURSE: Autism in Schools


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Our brand new event, Autism in School, was specifically designed to train teachers and teacher aides in autism to increase their understanding of autism and equip them with specific strategies for teaching the autistic children and adolescents in their classroom, in Primary, High School, Distance Education or Home Schooling. Families and health professionals who support the child or teenager attending school will also benefit. 

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

Course Details

  • Updated April 2022
  • 5 hours 14 mins
  • 60 days from the date of purchase to complete course – Extend anytime
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion

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Many teachers feel that their degree did not prepare them to teach autistic students, yet autism occurs in 1 in 44 eight year old children,  so they are highly likely to have at least one autistic child in their classroom. The course starts with understanding the autistic learning profile, including how to adapt teaching styles to accommodate the autistic learning profile.. The course will also focus on understanding why autistic students behave the way they do, and struggle to fit in with classroom expectations and peers, and provides vital clues to the best strategies to assist them to adapt to the school environment. We cover these topics and more:

  • The autistic learning profile 
  • Managing executive functioning difficulties
  • How autism presents differently in girls
  • How to understand and relate to your autistic student
  • Strategies to prevent and manage meltdowns and shutdowns
  • Including emotions as part of the classroom curriculum
  • Increasing motivation,  focus and flexible thinking
  • Friendships and creating an inclusive and safe culture
  • Special interests and their uses in the classroom
  • Sensory issues and accommodations

Teaching Process: The workshop includes a combination of didactic teaching, participant activities and Q&A.  Participants attend via link to a live presentation.  They have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.

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 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.


Learning Objectives

  • To be able to adapt classroom learning to suit an autistic learning profile
  • To understand the different ways autism presents in girls, and how to adapt to her needs in the classroom
  • To develop a safe, trusting relationship with your autistic student and their family
  • How to recognise autistic thinking and behaviour, and how to respond
  • Learn how to include emotion education as part of classroom learning and why this is important
  • Learn how to support autistic friendships and create an inclusive classroom and playground culture
  • Understand how to spot peer rejection and bullying, why it occurs and how to support an autistic student who is rejected and/or bullied
  • Learn what motivates autistic students and how to maximise their focus and attention, and increase their flexibility in thinking
  • Learn how to use special interests constructively
  • Understand the different sensory profiles of an autistic students and helpful accommodations
  • Know the best resources for teachers

Course Details

  • 5 hours 14 minutes
  • 30 days to complete the course – Extend anytime
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Attendance

This live course counts for 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development or Teacher Accreditation hours. (For NSW Teachers: the course may be recorded as an elective PD with NESA).