Jay Hobbs is a Psychologist who has worked in the area of Neurodiversity (Autism/Dyslexia/ADHD) for over 15 years. He trained under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Garnett at the Minds and Hearts clinic, has worked as an Autism Consultant for Brisbane Catholic Education and as a Clinical Psychologist for the NHS in London. Jay has run large employment programs for Australian Government Departments like the Dept of Defence, Department of border security and DHS. Jay currently works at Minds & Hearts as a Psychologist with a focus on helping adolescents and adults with Autism and other conditions to gain and maintain meaningful employment.
Just for fun…
1. Describe your perfect weekend? I love going to the beach early in the morning and playing and swimming with my family.
2. Can/would you like to play any instruments and why? I would love to have learnt to play the guitar but haven’t done this….yet.
3. Can/would you like to learn a new language and why? I absolutely loved travelling to France and Spain and so would choose one of them, I think. I can say a few words of each but that is about it.
4. What’s the quirkiest talent you have (or aspire to have)? I can wiggle my ears without touching them. Its my party trick!
5. What invention would you like to be a reality and why? I love travelling and so would love to be able to visit America, Africa and Europe by rocket. That would be fun.
In your career…
7. What continues to motivate your clinical work in the area of psychology and autism? I enjoy helping people to meet their potential and solving problems, I guess. Such as helping an adolescent or adult work out what is holding them back in their relationships or employment and then helping them to understand what an effective way might be to overcome the issues.
8. As a presenter, what topics do you feel are most relevant to share for individuals with ASD and their families/communities.
In my experience helping people to understand the strengths autistic people bring to life and concrete examples of these differences help understanding and acceptance. When we focus on the strengths as well as the challenges people can relate more to their own strengths and challenges.