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.
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.
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 Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum provide guidance to parent 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:
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.
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.
– 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.
Find this book at Resources At Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au
Autism Working: A Seven-Step 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.
Scheduled for publication in August 2021 by www.jkp.com
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.
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.
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.