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WEBCAST EVENT: Autistic Girls and Women – 6 September 2024

$214.50

Live Webcast – Friday 6th September 2024

9:30am – 4:00pm – AEST (Brisbane)

The purpose of this presentation is to understand and celebrate autistic girls and women, including transgender people, while increasing attendees’ awareness and knowledge of autism as it is experienced by females and to share strategies we find useful in clinical practice.

Our presentation describes the strengths and abilities commonly experienced by autistic females, as well as key challenges, including self-understanding, developing an authentic self, navigating school and the workplace, executive function, including ADHD, developing relationships whilst staying true to oneself, self-advocacy and issues of mental health including anxiety, depression, autistic burnout and eating disorders. Our presentation is based on recent relevant research and our combined 80 years of experience in autism. We discuss autism in females across the lifespan. 

Who Will Benefit?

Parents, carers and family members 

Autistic girls aged 14+ and women 

Health and educational professionals, including Psychologists, Paediatric psychiatrists, Paediatricians, GPs, Teachers, Teacher’s assistants, Occupational therapists, Speech pathologists, Counsellors, Social workers, Mental health nurses, Nurse practitioners – mental health, and Developmental educators. 

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 can use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

Description

The purpose of this presentation is to understand and celebrate the unique presentation of autistic girls and women, including transgender people, while increasing attendees’ awareness and knowledge of autism as it is experienced by females and to share strategies we find useful in clinical practice. 

The presentation describes the strengths and abilities commonly experienced by autistic females, as well as key challenges, including self-understanding, developing an authentic self, navigating school and the workplace, executive function, including ADHD, developing relationships whilst staying true to oneself, self-advocacy and issues of mental health including anxiety, depression, autistic burnout, and eating disorders. Our presentation is based on recent relevant research and our combined 80 years of experience in autism. We discuss autism in females across the lifespan. 

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, as well as the trainers. 

See the trailer below for more information on content for the day. 

Testimonials

‘As a mother of a 10-year-old girl that has only just been recently diagnosed, I found this workshop amazing. It has helped me to understand her diagnosis and given me the strategies to help her lead the best possible life that she can.’

‘Your knowledge and empowering delivery of it is spectacular. As an adult, newly diagnosed autistic woman this has been so affirming and helpful for me.’

‘Thank you so much Tony and Michelle. Like many, our journey of autism discovery has been a long and arduous one, but the information I received today will be invaluable. And thank you for answering my question on chronic fatigue. We will continue to search for answers and help, and look forward to exploring more of your website and other courses you offer. Thank you again:)’

‘Thank you so much – I am a psychiatrist with newly diagnosed 16-year-old daughter level 1 ASD – we watched the webcast together and learnt so much. We are now ordering books. Professionally I’ve gained great insights – wonderful balance.’

‘Absolutely brilliant . I now understand my best friend so well. Will help my work as a speech pathologist working with girls with ASD.’

‘I finally decided to attend one of your webinars and I’m so glad I did! You work so well together and the way you share information is really joyful to receive. The information was so relevant and abundant, I will watch this over and over again during the next 60 days as there is so much useful information to take in. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and I really do look forward to attending many more.’

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 why autistic girls and women are under-diagnosed. 

Recognise camouflaging and compensation coping mechanisms. 

Recognise the ways the profile of abilities for autistic girls may be different to boys at different stages of development. 

Appreciate the different pathways to diagnosis in autistic adolescent girls and women. 

Utilise two screening tools designed to identify autism in females. 

Understand issues regarding self-identity and low self-esteem for autistic girls and women. 

Strategies to increase a sense of self and the conceptualised self, increasing attunement with the authentic self. 

Recognition of the effects of alexithymia and high levels of emotional empathy on the ability to experience and express emotions. 

Strategies to recognise and regulate emotion. 

Strategies to manage mental energy and prevent autistic burnout. 

Understanding how Polyvagal theory is important for understanding the association between anxiety and autism. 

Understand autistic friendships and navigate developing an authentic sense of self with the need to build skills for navigating the social world, including building friendships in childhood and adolescence. 

Choose resources to increase social reasoning abilities for understanding and navigating the non-autistic social world Understand issues regarding adult relationships especially relationship vulnerability, sexuality and being a mother. 

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.