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Weekly Bulletin

Welcome to our Minds & Hearts Bulletin!

In This Issue:

Weekly Article

2018 Workshops

2018 Groups

Opportunities to Assist with Research


                                                               Weekly Article


The Experience of Discovering a Partner has ASD

by Professor Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist


The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy has recently published a study by Laura Lewis which explored the experience of discovering a partner has Autism Spectrum Disorder. The study was conducted in Vermont in the USA and included 29 participants who were provided with an online open-ended statement asking them to describe in writing their experiences of discovering that their partners had ASD during their relationships. The sample was primarily female (two male participants) and half had a child with a diagnosis of ASD. None of the participants were aware that their partner had ASD at the start of relationship.



Please click here for the full article.


 2018 Workshops

Presented by Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett


Prof Tony Attwood

Dr Michelle Garnett



Succeeding with Teens with ASD

Tony and I are really looking forward to coming to Townsville for our wonderful presentation on teenagers with ASD. This workshop will be immensely helpful to anyone who works with or loves a child or teenager on the autism spectrum. We just delivered this event in Perth and it was a resounding success, with parents and professional alike finding it practical, informative and inspiring. There are still tickets, and two weeks to go!!!! Do pass on the link to anyone you think would benefit!!!

Townsville, Queensland: Friday 6th July, 2018

Adelaide, South Australia: Saturday 4th August, 2018

* Transition to High School

* Adolescent learning profile associated with Asperger's syndrome

* Improving friendship skills

* Coping with teasing and bullying

* Sexuality and dating

* The issues faced by adolescent girls with Asperger's syndrome

* Strategies for managing anxiety and depression

* Transition to college or employment

Emotion Management for Children and Teens with ASD

Toowoomba, Queensland: Friday 31st August, 2018

Mooloolaba, Queensland: Saturday 6th October, 2018

Rockhampton, Queensland: Friday 9th November, 2018

* Why children and adolescents with ASD/Asperger's syndrome have difficulties expressing and managing emotions

* How high levels of anxiety affect behaviour and learning

* Affective education to learn about emotions at home and school

* Managing anxiety, anger and depression


Girls and Women with ASD

Brisbane, Queensland: Saturday 25th August, 2018

* This presentation will focus on the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum

* Increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation

* Share strategies and ideas found to be useful in clinical practice

* How to recognize the signs of AS in girls and women

* Discuss key areas of difficulty commonly reported by females with AS including self-understanding, adolescent issues, relationships and expressing and managing emotions

* Tony and Michelle will provide ideas and strategies that can maximize the possibility of successful outcomes for girls and women on the autism spectrum

Master Class: Children and Teens with ASD

Adelaide, South Australia: Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd August, 2018

A 2-day presentation for health and educational professionals

The first day will focus on diagnosis

* Pathways to a diagnosis

* Issues in the Child & Adolescent Diagnostic Assessment

* Screening questionnaires

* DSM-V and assessing each criteria

* Co-morbidity and differential diagnosis

* Explaining the diagnosis and reaction to the diagnosis

* Prognosis

The second day will focus on the treatment of adults with ASD/Asperger's syndrome:

* Anxiety reduction strategies

* CBT for depression in adolescents

* Managing challenging behaviours

* Fostering expression of affection and friendships

* Professional challenges in the field

2018 Groups

Fun with Feelings

4-6 year olds

The programme is designed for girls who have an autism spectrum disorder and who experience difficulties with managing their anxiety. The programme comprises of two groups that run parallel to each other, one for parents and one for girls. The aim of each group is to help the children to recognise, label, and manage their anxiety. The programme was created by members of the Minds and Hearts team. Research studies examining this programme have been published in the peer reviews journals Early Child Development and Care and Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. 

Please click here for more information and how to register  


Opportunities to Assist with Research

Autism Friendly Story Time

Researchers at Griffith University are looking for parents of pre-school aged children (2-5 years) with a diagnosis of autism. Participants should have access to Ashgrove Library and be available to attend weekly book reading sessions for 6 weeks. Please click here for more information and how to participate

Questionnaire Study for Adults with Autism and Neurotypical Controls

Researchers at UNSW Australia and Autism CRC are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about life in adulthood for people with Autism. They are looking for Australian autistic adults 25 years and older, informal carers/support people for Autstralian autistic adults 25 years and older, and non-autistic adults 25 years and older. To find our more about this research please click here

Free Yoga Programme for 8-12 year olds at UQ

We are delighted to announce that one of our highly skilled psychologists, Radhika Tanksale, will be running a group for children aged 8-12 years old with ASD to assist them with their self-regulation skills. The group is part of her PhD research into using yoga-based mindful movement practice with a specific psychological focus. It will be free for all participants. It will be held at the University of Queensland. We can highly recommend this programme to you. Please click here for the flyer.