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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Emotional Management for Children and Teens with ASD

presented by Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett


Dr Tony Attwood: Clinical Psychologist, world-renowned expert on aspergers syndrome, author

Tony Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He works in private practice in Brisbane but is also an adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.

Tony has written several publications on Aspergers Syndrome. His book, Aspergers Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 20 different languages.

Tony has worked with over 3,000 individuals of all ages with an autism spectrum disorder. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with an autism spectrum disorder all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. His new book The Complete Guide to Aspergers Syndrome was published in October 2006. His presentations are informative and empowering.

Dr Michelle Garnett is a Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Director of "Minds & Hearts", a psychology clinic based in Brisbane that provides services specifically for Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and related conditions. Michelle has specialised in autism spectum disorders (ASD) for over 20 years, developing expertise in all sub types of autism across all ages. She obtained a PhD for her research on ASD in 2007 from the University of Queensland, Australia. Since then she has co-authored four books on ASD (including three with Dr Tony Attwood), and a number of peer reviewed journal articles. She provides training in ASD for postgraduate clinical students for four Australian Universities. Presenting alongside Tony Attwood these two presenters are a dynamic team.



Location Date Venue Time
Hamilton Tuesday 13 August 2019 SKYCity Convention Centre 9.30am-3.00pm
Auckland - Airport

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport 9.30am-3.00pm

*Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.

Course Content:

Emotional Management for Children and Teens with ASD

This seminar covers all ages and stages of the autism spectrum and provides an understanding of the difficulties associated with emotional management in ASD, while offering practical hands-on strategies to support children, teens and even adults with ASD.

Topics covered include: reasons for difficulties expressing and managing emotions; the understanding and expression of emotions; emotional sensitivities; sensory sensitivities; cognitive flexibility – one track mind; making mistakes; affective education of emotions,characteristics of depression associated with ASD; tools to combat depression; anxiety; coping with anxiety; anger; meltdowns; and the emotional toolbox to help anxiety and anger; and special interests.

Who should attend?

Anyone caring, living or working with someone with an autism spectrum disorder e.g. Teachers, Teacher Aides, SENCOs, School Principals, Counsellors, RTLBs, SLTs, OTs, PTs, GSE Staff, Psychologists, Paediatricians, other Service Providers and Families.


Registrations can be made online, by email, or by post on official registration forms only. If registering online you may make payment via credit card, direct credit, or post a cheque. If registering by post, please complete and mail with your payment to Creating Success, 15 Cromwell Point, Newlands, Wellington 6037.

All registrations will be confirmed by email (or post where email is not supplied) once payment has been received.

Numbers will be limited for each seminar so early registration is recommended.

Registration Fee (including GST):

Registration                                                   $250.00     Payment after Monday 22 July 2019

Earlybird Registration                                  $225.00    Payment prior to Monday 22 July 2019

For more information contact Jo Adkins on 021 708 875, or email,
or Charmaine Brown on 021 069 0092 or email