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WEBCAST EVENT: Autism and Sensory Processing – 23 August 2024

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Live Webcast – Friday 23rd August 2024

1:30pm – 4:45pm – AEST (Brisbane)

Our presentation describes the sensory pain and pleasure experienced by autistic individuals throughout their lifespan. There will be an explanation of the relevant theoretical models and analysis of sensory experiences, including synaesthesia, interoception and alexithymia, quotations describing sensory sensitivity and its effect on quality of life, association with anxiety, eating disorders and depression, as well as a review of assessment instruments. There will be descriptions of resources, ways of reducing and accommodating sensory sensitivity, and how some sensory experiences can improve quality of life. 

The workshop includes a combination of explanations, discussion, and Q&A. Participants can attend via an internet link to a live presentation and will have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is an opportunity to learn from workshop participants and the trainers. 

Who will benefit

Autistic adolescents and adults 

Parents, carers and family members 

Health and educational professionals, including Psychologists, Occupational therapists, Paediatricians, GPs, Teachers, Teacher’s assistants, Speech pathologists, Counsellors, and Social workers. 

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 may be able to use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

Once you have purchased your ticket, we recommend adding events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com as a contact in your email contact list to ensure that you do not miss anything from us.

Description

This presentation aims to help participants understand why autism is associated with sensory sensitivity and its effects on everyday life, to know the assessment instruments for sensory sensitivity and to explore coping mechanisms and how some sensory experiences can be extremely enjoyable. 

Our presentation describes the sensory pain and pleasure experienced by autistic individuals throughout their lifespan. There will be an explanation of the relevant theoretical models and analysis of sensory experiences, including synaesthesia, interoception and alexithymia, quotations describing sensory sensitivity and its effect on quality of life, association with anxiety, eating disorders and depression, as well as a review of assessment instruments. There will be descriptions of resources, ways of reducing and accommodating sensory sensitivity, and how some sensory experiences can improve quality of life. 

The workshop includes a combination of explanations, discussion, and Q&A. Participants can attend via an internet link to a live presentation and will have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is an opportunity to learn from workshop participants and the trainers. 

Testimonials

‘Thank you so much for your honesty & compassion & obvious dedication to improving our life experience & that of our children through knowledge & understanding.’ 

‘Fantastic information which has given me hope that things will get better.’

 ‘This was an excellent presentation with fabulous recommendations- thank you!’

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

Understand the sensory perception associated with autism. 

Know the various instruments that can be used to measure the sensory profile. 

Appreciate the effects of sensory sensitivity in daily life. 

Identify adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms. 

Recognise the interaction of sensory sensitivity and anxiety and its potential contribution to an eating disorder, social isolation and depression. 

How sensory sensitivity can be used constructively for a career in the arts and as a soothing and enjoyable experience. 

What You Will Receive

The Live Training runs for 3 hours

There is an opportunity for Q&A with Michelle and Tony throughout the event

Downloadable Handouts to complement the course

You may count 3 hours toward your CPD hours

All attendees will be given access to the recording for 60 days after the event (accessed via the Member Dashboard). A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.

Certificate of Attendance (upon request)

Within 24 hours, you will receive an email with your login credentials for the new Member Dashboard. If you haven’t received these details after 48 hours, please email events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com

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Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy

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.