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Welcome to Tony Attwood's Website

This website is a guide for parents, professionals and people with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1 and their partners.

In this site you will find issues related to Asperger’s Syndrome, recommended resources, Tony’s publications and presentations.

A Little About Tony

With a career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Tony is well known for sharing his knowledge of Asperger’s Syndrome. He has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.

Tony has written many publications on Asperger’s Syndrome. His original book, titled Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals was published in 1998 and has been translated into over 25 languages.

Tony operates a diagnostic and psychological support clinic two days a week for children and adults. He also spends considerable time travelling nationally and internationally to present workshops and seminars.

For more about Tony Attwood, please continue here 

Attwood & Garnett Events

Attwood & Garnett Events was founded by Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett as part of their vision to expand awareness, understanding and acceptance of autism amongst parents, professionals and the broader community.

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism within her own private practice for over 27 years. She has co-authored six highly regarded books on autism, five with Prof Tony Attwood. Her 2018 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Her most recent books Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum provide guidance to parents of young children on the autism spectrum.

Together we have created a series of online courses that are available to download.

The current list of downloadable webinars includes topics such as:

  • Emotion and behaviour management for children and teens with ASD
  • Girls and women with autism
  • Autism in couple relationships
  • Succeeding with autism in the teens
  • Exploring depression training in a CBT programme for adolescents and adults with autism and depression

There are also webinars  of a series of master classes on the diagnosis and intervention of autistic children and adolescents  and adults.

If you go to www.attwoodandgarnettevents.com you can access more information and the list of new live webinars to be web cast in the next few months.

Books With Tony As An Author Or Contributor

Tony's Best Seller

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger’s syndrome. It brings together a wealth of information on all aspects the syndrome for children through to adults.

Chapters examine:

  • causes and indications of the syndrome
  • the diagnosis and its effect on the individual
  • theory of mind
  • the perception of emotions in self and others
  • social interaction, including friendships
  • long-term relationships
  • teasing, bullying and mental health issues
  • the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills
  • career development

There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.

Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition.

In Australia, find this and many of Tony’s books at www.woodslane.com.au

Paperback version

Hardback version

New Release Out Now

Autism Working: A Seven-Stage Plan to Thriving at Work by Michelle Garnett and Tony Attwood

Autism is associated with many qualities that are highly sought after by employers such as reliability, persistence, attention to detail, creativity in problem solving and many others. The key to success in the workplace is understanding these strengths and identifying the support you need to help you flourish. This self-guided workbook provides advice, strategies and activities to manage the difficulties that can arise at work. You will be given the tools to help minimise anxiety, sensory overload, unhelpful thinking patterns, difficulties with social communication, and organisation and planning problems. The activities are interactive, and you can approach them on your terms. They can be dispersed throughout the day or week, and the workbook and accompanying videos include everything you need to set and achieve your employment goals. The course can also be undertaken with the assistance of a mentor, and the workbook includes resources and videos to help them support you.

Released September 2021 by www.jkp.com

Front cover

Having Fun with Feelings &
10 Steps to Reducing Your Child's Anxiety

Tony is a joint author with Michelle Garnett, Loise Ford, Stefanie Runham and Julia Cook. The manual and workbook were written for autistic children age 4-8 years and is based on adaptations to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to understand and reduce anxiety. The manual prepares parents to implement the ‘Fun with Feelings’ programme with their child. The programme can also be used by teachers and therapists.

Recent Blogs

Computer Gaming and COVID
05 November 2021
Computer Gaming and COVID The following article is Tony's chapter from the new book: Life After Lockdown: Resetting Perceptions of Autism Strategies and Reflections Edited by Rebecca Silva, Ruth Prystash,...
Depression Attack Strategies
01 November 2021
Depression Attack Strategies Checklist for Your Parent/Teacher/Manager The following are strategies that someone can use to help you while you are experiencing a ‘depression attack’. Your support person...
Exploring Autism 1971-2021
09 September 2021
Exploring Autism 1971-2021 The Historical Context Tony Graduating from The University of Hull in July 1973 In 1971, I had completed...

Tony's News Portal

MINDS & HEARTS

Diagnostic & Treatment Clinic – MINDS AND HEARTS is a unique clinic located in Brisbane specialising in Aspergers Syndrome and Autism. This clinic was designed to provide specialised knowledge and assistance from a multidisciplinary team of experienced professsionals. Minds and Hearts has 7 psychologists, 1 educational psychologist, and 2 receptionists. Tony Attwood is one of the team members. Go to Minds and Hearts.

FAQS

For some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS go to www.autismhangout.com

Over several years Craig Evans of Autism Hangout has asked Tony Attwood dozens of questions about Asperger’s syndrome from visitors to his web page. The questions and Tony’s replies have been recorded by Craig on video and are available on his web page. If you have a particular question, the answer may have been recorded for you. Tony  also recommends Craig’s web site for interviews with other experts in Asperger’s syndrome.

There is now an index of questions and answers

RADIO INTERVIEW ON ABC

Radio interview with Tony on the ABC transmitted on the 2nd February 2012. The 50 minute interview conducted by Richard Fidler covers many aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome from Pride and Prejudice to the talents associated with Asperger’s syndrome.

Visit the ABC website to listen.