Attwood on Aspergers 2011


A seminar for parents and professionals

Professor Tony Attwood,

with Dr Michelle Garnett
MPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS MCCP

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Winchester Guildhall 


Making Friends: Strategies to improve social understanding and friendship skills
The presentation explains the four stages in the development of friendship and strategies to encourage the development of friendship skills and social integration from children as young as three years to young adults. The activities can be applied in the classroom, playground and at home. Strategies to improve social understanding and friendship skills.

Cognitive Abilities: A different way of thinking and learning profile
The unusual profile of cognitive abilities associated with Asperger syndrome is described with an emphasis on the profile of intellectual abilities, problems with executive function, attention and weak central coherence. Strategies are described to improve attention, organisational skills and academic achievement.

Tony Attwood is one of the most respected Asperger syndrome experts in the world.

He 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 adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland.

His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into twenty languages. He has worked with over 3,000 individuals of all ages with Asperger syndrome.

Tony presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.

His recent book The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome was published in October 2006.

Michelle Garnett
founded 'Minds & Hearts: A Specialist Clinic for Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism’ in 2005.  Michelle is the Clinic’s Director, and along with Tony Attwood, Principal Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor. Minds & Hearts was born through her passion for understanding autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and her strong desire to be part of positive change for people who have ASD and their families.

Michelle thoroughly enjoys working in this area as a diagnostician, therapist, consultant, mentor, clinical supervisor, workshop presenter, and researcher. Michelle has worked closely with Tony Attwood, specializing in autism spectrum disorders for the past 18 years. Michelle and Tony created the first screening instrument for Asperger’s Syndrome, the Australian Scale for Asperger's Syndrome (ASAS) in 1993.

She obtained a PhD for her research into ASD, diagnosis and families in 2007 from the University of Queensland, Australia. She provides training in ASD for postgraduate clinical students for four Australian Universities.

Michelle has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and workshop events across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe.


The South Hampshire Branch is a self-funded branch of the National Autistic Society and run entirely by volunteers.

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