Succeeding with Autism in Adolescents and Young Adults - Masterclass with Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett

1 day 9:00am – 12:00pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

An exclusive Masterclass by Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett run by SDS Seminars Ltd in Association with Attwood & Garnett Events. It will be presented on Zoom over two consecutive days, 16 & 17 November 2021, 9 AM - 12 noon, UK time. The purpose of this Masterclass is to equip participants with specific skills and strategies to make the teenage and early adulthood years a success.

The purpose of this Masterclass is to equip participants with specific skills and strategies to make the teenage and early adulthood years a success.

Autistic teens and young adults use specific coping strategies to cope with having autism. The coping styles and the implications of these for understanding, teaching, parenting and managing autistic teens are described.

The presenters will focus on a range of areas known to be important to autistic teenagers including:

  • the transition into high school/college/uni
  • the learning profile and specific strategies to encourage academic and social success
  • the management of anxiety, stress, anger and depression
  • friendships, relationships and sexuality
  • what to do about bullying
  • substances misuse
  • transition into a career

The presentation is for:

  • Parents, family members
  • Health professionals who see adolescents/young adults with Autism (ASD Level 1 or 2) as part of their practice, including psychologists, paediatric psychiatrists, paediatricians, GPs, psychotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and social workers.
  • Educational professionals, including teachers, teacher’s assistants, SENCO, school counsellors.

This Masterclass will be delivered:

  • on Zoom
  • over two consecutive days - 16 & 17 November 2021
  • in two 3-hour sessions
  • start 9 AM, UK Time - please notice earlier than normal starting time! Finish - 12 noon.

Learning Objectives:

(We use the term "teenager" for brevity - meaning adolescent/young adult)

  • Research on the neurology of the teenage brain and how this affects the teenager with autism
  • If, when and how to share the discovery of autism with your teenager
  • Strategies to transition an autistic teenager to high school
  • The learning profile of the teenager with autism and necessary classroom accommodations and considerations
  • How to recognise autism in teenagers who camouflage in school and diagnostic interviews
  • Strategies to teach teenagers with autism to develop awareness of themselves and their emotions, for use across settings
  • Parenting strategies for the autistic teenager
  • How to manage a meltdown
  • How to recognise and manage a depression attack
  • Understanding and supporting friendship for autistic teenagers
  • Teaching sexuality
  • Understanding the reasons for substance misuse in autistic adolescents and young adults
  • Strategies for building resilience in the face of bullying and peer exclusion
  • How to manage the transition to career

You will receive:

  • Access to the course recording for 60 days following the live event
  • A Live Q&As with Tony & Michelle throughout the day
  • Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Your Zoom link will be sent to you 7 days prior the event, please, check your Inbox and Junk Mail folder for it.

As this is a joint event of SDS Seminars and Attwood & Garnett Events, you may receive emails from both organisers.

Course Tutors

Prof Tony Attwood
Clinical Psychologist, Professor at Griffith University in Australia and Strathclyde University in Scotland

Dr Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist, is the acknowledged world expert on therapy with ASD clients. Professor at both Griffith University in Australia and Strathclyde University in Scotland, he’s worked with an estimated 8000 clients with some form of ASD diagnosis. He is author of innumerable peer reviewed studies and book chapters on autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ASD. He’s also published 15 books in the field with sales topping 1 million, and titles translated into 28 languages. These include CBT to Help Young People with Asperger's Syndrome to Understand and Express Affection: A Manual for Professionals (2013) and Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues: A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome (2016).

Dr Michelle Garnett
MPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS MCCP, Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist and Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialising in Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in Australia. Michelle has co-authored four books on ASC. Her most recent book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She has co-authored three books with Tony on emotion management for children and adolescents.