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Master Class: Children and Adolescents with ASD

Adelaide, South Australia

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd August 2018

9:30 am – 4:00 pm








Prof Tony Attwood


 Dr Michelle Garnett



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 Please Note: The quickest and easiest way to book is online. You may use EITHER a credit card or Paypal.

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 the clinic to apply for a discount.

If you are unable to pay online, please download the registration form and mail to us.

Prices include GST and catering throughout the day

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 Minds and Hearts for future events, minus $50, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable. 


Professor Tony Attwood is in international authority on Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and autism. His text “Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals” has been translated into thirty languages. His new book “The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome” is recognised as the leading textbook on the subject internationally. 

Dr Michelle Garnett has specialised in autism spectrum conditions for over 20 years. She devised the word's first screening tool for AS in 1993, completed her PhD on Asperger's syndrome in 2007, and co-authored two books on teaching affection to children with AS, which were published by JKP in 2014. She is the Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts, an internationally recognised clinic in Brisbane for children and adults who have an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Michelle co-authored a book with Tony in 2016, "Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues: A CBT Self-Hlep Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger's Syndrome [ASD-Level 1]". 

Michelle and Tony are clinical psychologists who together have over 50 years of experience in helping people with autism spectrum disorders. They are warm, inspiring, engaging and knowledgeable presenters.



This Intensive 2 day Master Class has been designed to increase participant’s knowledge and skills in the diagnostic assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Level 1 and Level 2 ASD, including Asperger’s syndrome. During Day 1, participants will learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for child or adolescents to determine whether that child is on the autism spectrum, including measurement of comorbidity, differential diagnosis, use of psychometric assessment, and both written and oral reporting or results to parents, teachers and the child. During Day 2, participants will learn best practice models for intervention with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, including individual and group therapy programs, and classroom accommodations that help.



Health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with Asperger's syndrome as part of their practice, including psychologists, teachers, teachers assistants, councellors, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, social workers, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.

TEACHING PROCESS: The course material is presented using a combination of didactic teaching, taped demonstrations from real life clinical sessions, case studies, and question time. Each day is a stand-alone workshop, and participants may choose to choose either one or both workshops.


In Day 1 the participants will learn:

  • How to design and conduct a diagnostic assessment for a child or adolescent
  • How to recognise and assess common comorbid and differential diagnoses associated with ASD
  • Recommend screening and diagnostic tools for ASD
  • Report preparation and composition skills
  • How to create a treatment plan for home and school and contribute to the IEP
  • How to share diagnostic assessment results with parents
  • How to disclose and explain the diagnosis to a child or adolescent

In Day 2 the participants will learn:

  • A new CBT program for treating depression in adolescents with ASD
  • Anxiety reduction strategies for both children and adolescents with ASD
  • How to understand and manage a 'meltdown' and a range of challenging behaviours
  • How to increase understanding and expression of affection and friendship in children and adolescents with ASD
  • Potential challenges for the professional working in ASD and how to manage those challenges



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