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WEBCAST EVENT: Autism in the Family – 15 November 2024

Original price was: £151.80.Current price is: £128.70.

Live Webcast – Friday 15th November 2024

9:30am – 4:00pm AEST (Brisbane)

This presentation aims to help participants understand how autism may affect family dynamics and to develop strategies for addressing these, to ultimately create a neurodiversity affirming family environment within which all members can thrive. 

Parents of an autistic child, adolescent or adult may experience concerns regarding the confirmation of autism, adapting to the stages of autism from childhood to maturity, having different parenting styles, and being an autistic parent. Their children and/or teenagers may feel resentful, misunderstood, anxious and stressed. The ways family members communicate with other, or do not communicate at all, may be a source of stress for everyone. 

Who will benefit

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 Training for Parents/Carer is in the Plan you may be able to use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

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Description

Purpose 

This presentation aims to help participants understand how autism may affect family dynamics and to develop strategies for addressing these, to ultimately create an neurodiversity affirming family environment within which all members can thrive. 

Description 

Parents of an autistic child, adolescent or adult may experience concerns regarding the confirmation of autism, adapting to the stages of autism from childhood to maturity, having different parenting styles, and being an autistic parent. Their children and/or teenagers may feel resentful, misunderstood, anxious and stressed. The ways family members communicate with other, or do not communicate at all, may be a source of stress for everyone. 

The programme will include strategies to assist and support an autistic child or teenager through high levels of anxiety at home and to cope with changes in household routines and parental expectations and requests. The expression of love and affection within the family will be discussed because the expression may be different to what was expected and may need adjustment for the autistic family member/s so that everyone in the family feels loved. We will discuss managing parental concerns of noncompliance to requests, concerns about possible addiction, for e.g. to computer gaming, the duration and depth of sleep, sensory sensitivity and recreational activities at home.  Throughout the presentation, there will be an emphasis on how to create a family environment that is autism friendly and neurodiversity affirming. 

Learning Process 

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

“Brilliant compilation of this info and well delivered with anecdotes and all. Thank you, so helpful.”

“Extremely insightful and informative for me as a parent. A great blend of looking at issues from both a medical and social model. Thank you so much”

Amazing chemistry and humanized interaction between you to makes it personalized and fun to watch.” 

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 autism within a family context, whether all family members are autistic or only one.
  • Know the difficulties that can arise in confirming autism from a parent’s perspective.
  • Know how the expression of autism can change over time, including the changes that can occur during puberty, and how these changes impact on the autistic teenager’s experience of life outside home.
  • Understand the different stages of parental acceptance of autism and the effects of different parenting styles.
  • Know how high levels of anxiety will affect an autistic person’s behaviour at home.
  • Determine how to express love, affection and praise for each family member so that they feel liked and loved.
  • Know how to create an autism friendly and affirming home environment to foster the autistic person’s sense of self and ability to enjoy their life.

What You Will Receive

Access to the recording for 60 days following the live event. A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.

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

Downloadable Handouts to complement the course.

Certificate of Attendance

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

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.