WEBCAST EVENT: Autism in Schools – 3 February 2023


Live Webcast: Friday 3rd February, 2023

9.30 – 4.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST – Brisbane)


Our exciting new event, Autism in School, is specifically designed to train teachers and teacher aides 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.


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.

Event Trailer

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 currently works in his own private practice and is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006, has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1. Tony has been a sole and joint author for a further 14 subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press. He has also contributed to 38 research papers and 22 book chapters.


Dr Michelle Garnett PhD Dr Michelle Garnett is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for 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 seven highly regarded books on autism, six with Prof Tony Attwood. Her most recent book, Autism Working: A Seven-Stage Plan to Thriving at Work lays out a practical plan for autistic adolescents and adults to thrive at work, including how to onboard an autistic employee. Her 2019 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She co-wrote Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum to provide guidance to parents of young autistic children. She runs a private practice in Brisbane, Australia, and regularly provides training in autism nationally and internationally.

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

What You Will Receive

Access to the recording for 60 days following the live event

Live Chat Room for Q&A with Tony & Michelle throughout the day

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).

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Discounts/Cancellation/Refund Policy Australia

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.