New Zealand's leading training providers on autism

Dr Tony Attwood is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, educator, and author who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. Tony is one of the world’s foremost authorities on autism.

Dr Michelle Garnett is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for 27 years. In 2005 she founded Minds & Hearts, a now internationally recognised clinic specialising in autism spectrum disorders. Her research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health. Michelle has co-authored five highly regarded books on ASD, including three books with Tony.


    Girls and Women with Autism

    | with Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

    This presentation will celebrate the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum (ASD). It will increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation of ASD and share strategies we find useful in clinical practice. We will address key challenges, including self-understanding, adolescence, relationships and expressing and managing emotions. We will provide strategies to maximise the possibility of successful outcomes.

    Who should attend:

    Teachers, Teacher Aides, SENCOs, School Principals, Counsellors, RTLBs, SLTs, OTs, PTs, MOE and MOH Staff, Psychologists, Paediatricians, other Service Providers, and Families.

    Course content:

    This course celebrates the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum. The course will equip the participant to:

    • Understand why autistic girls and women are under diagnosed.
    • Recognise camouflaging and compensation coping mechanisms.
    • Recognise the ways the profile of abilities for girls may be different to boys with autism at different stages of development.
    • Appreciate the different pathways to diagnosis in autistic adolescent girls and women.
    • Utilise two new screening tools (QAS-C) designed to identify the characteristics of ASD level 1 in children and adolescents and in women.
    • Understand issues regarding self-identity and low self-esteem for autistic girls and women.
    • Strategies to enhance the concept of self.
    • Learn activities in a group programme (Being Me) developed for teenage girls with ASD.
    • Recognition of the effects of alexithymia and empathic attunement on the ability to experience and express emotions.
    • Strategies to recognise and regulate emotions.
    • The value of Energy Accounting to reduce the depth and duration of depression.
    • Understanding how Polyvagal theory can facilitate emotion management.
    • Learn strategies to develop friendship skills in childhood and adolescence.
    • Choose resources to improve social reasoning abilities.
    • Understand issues regarding adult relationships especially vulnerability, sexuality and being a mother.
    • Learn best ways for seeking and maintaining employment.

    What will I be able to do as a result of attending this course?
    Understand the adaptations to autism by girls and women, their daily challenges in making and keeping friends, learning, sensory sensitivity, emotion expression and regulation and sense of self as well as achieving and maintaining employment and being a mother.

    Cost (per person including GST):

    $225 per Registration which must be paid prior to access being given to the online course.

    Registration includes 30 days access to the on-demand recording.


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