ONLINE COURSE: Masterclass Day 2 – Support and Therapy for Autistic Children and Adolescents


This is Day 2 of a two-day event. If you are also interested in Day 1, please CLICK HERE


  • 7 hours 19 mins
  • 60 days to complete course. A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion (upon request)
  • Suitable for professionals

Course Description

This intensive Master Class has been designed to increase participants’ 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 autistic children and adolescents, including the use of CBT and mindfulness, individual and group therapy programs for depression, anxiety and friendship, and classroom accommodations that help.

Who will benefit?

Health and educational professionals, including psychologists, teachers, teachers assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.


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 what’s covered on Day 2.


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 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

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.

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 from the date of purchase. A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.
  • 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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