Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, with Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Professional development (PD) Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wellington

Posted: 13 January 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA4We

This course is ideal for teachers, teacher aides, support staff, educators, carers, parents and any other professionals working with people on the autism spectrum. Presenting together, Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett are dynamic team and attendees will come away armed with practical tools to make a difference. Content covers all ages and stages.

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 and Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialising in autism spectrum disorders. Michelle has co-authored four books on ASD, including three books with Tony.

Seminar Content:

Cognitive Abilities: A Different Way of Thinking and Learning Profile

The unusual profile of cognitive abilities associated with ASD is described with an emphasis on the profile of intellectual abilities, problems with executive function, flexible thinking, coping with mistakes and weak central coherence. Strategies are described to improve motivation, organisation skills and academic achievement. Includes new content on special interests.

Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children with Autism

Provides an explanation and strategies for repetitive behaviour, emotion management, effective communication systems, self-injurious behaviour, improving social understanding and coping with change. Includes new content on strategies to improve social understanding and friendship skills.

Events summary


09 March 2020 – 09 March 2020

Bay of Plenty

11 March 2020 – 11 March 2020


13 March 2020 – 13 March 2020

Further information

Contact: Jo Adkins

 (021) 708 875