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                    Welcome to Tony Attwood's website.

                    This website is a guide for parents, professionals and people with Asperger's Syndrome and their partners.

                    In this site you will find issues related to Asperger's Syndrome, resources, resource papers Tony has authored, related topics and Tonys presentation schedule.

                    Autism Summit

                    Featuring Tony Attwood. 

                    FREE ONLINE EVENT April 1 - 5 2019:

                     

                     

                    Ask Dr Tony

                    Craig Evans is a friend of mine in the USA, who, for several years, has sent me questions on Asperger's Syndrome from people from all over the world watching "The Autism Hangout" on YouTube. He has recorded on video my replies to many diverse questions and has over 5 hours of my thoughts and comments on many aspects of Asperger's Syndrome.

                    Access the play list of questions and videos from this link.

                     

                    NEW! Tony's Teacher Accredited Online Training

                    Presenter - Professor Tony Attwood and hosted by Sue Larkey.

                    Visit Sue' site for more information.

                     

                     

                    New online course on employment

                    Designed by Tony, Michelle Garnett and Jay Hobbs this training course is for adults who have Asperger’s syndrome, psychologists and employers. For more information please go to Thriving Now.

                     

                     

                    Upcoming Workshops

                    Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett will be holding a series of workshops for Minds & Hearts around Australia.

                     

                    Interesting Webpage

                    Colin Thompson is a brilliant illustrator and he is currently writing his autobiography and I recommend visiting the following site, not only for the artwork but also the insight - visit Colin's site.

                     

                    A little about Tony

                    Tony Attwood is well known for sharing his knowledge of Aspergers 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 Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.

                    Tony has written several publications on Asperger's Syndrome. His book, titled Aspergers Syndrome, has now been translated into several languages.

                    Tony operates his clinic two days a week and supports children and adults by visiting them at school and home. He also spends a large amount of time travelling nationally and internationally to present workshops and papers.

                    Tony is married to Sarah with three children, Rosie, William and Caroline. They reside in Brisbane, Australia, in which Tony uses part of his home as his clinic to see families.

                    For more about Tony Attwood, please continue here ...

                     

                    Seeking highly skilled psychologists at Minds and Hearts

                    Minds and Hearts have two positions available for a Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist Registrar with a focus on adult and child/adolescents Applicants must be passionate about autism, have a commitment to excellence, and wish to work in an internationally respected Clinic with leaders in the Autism area.

                    Read more about the position or for the full position description and selection criteria, please contact Hannah: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                     

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                    Tony's new book - Ask Dr Tony

                    Front cover Back cover

                    Ask Dr. Tony book contains transcripts of Skype interviews that Craig Evans of ‘Autism Hangout’ website, www.autismhangout.com, conducted with Tony Attwood over several years. Tony answered a wide variety of questions on ASD posed by the members of Autism Hangout and these have been transcribed for all to read and learn.

                    Published by: Future Horizons Inc., Arlington, TX

                    Web: www.fhautism.com

                    Publication Date: September 2018

                    ISBN: 9781941765807

                     

                     

                     

                    Tony's Best Seller

                    Paperback version Hardback version

                    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.

                     

                    Find this book at Resources At Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au

                     

                    Read more about this book ...

                     

                     

                    Other latest books

                    New book on females on the spectrum from Barb Cook and Michelle Garnett
                    Walking to the Beat of Autism

                    Edited by Barb Cook and Dr Michelle Garnett. Foreword by Lisa Morgan.


                    This is an edited collection that tackles a range of issues that affect autistic women, including chapters on growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care. Well-known writers provide advice, support and empowerment to fellow autistic women, and expert Michelle Garnett provides professional commentary for each chapter.

                     

                    Barb Cook and 14 other autistic women describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Michelle Garnett's comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician's perspective, and provide extensive recommendations.

                     

                    Autistic advocates including Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Jeanette Purkis, Artemisia and Samantha Craft offer their personal guidance on significant issues that particularly affect women, as well as those that are more general to autism. Contributors cover issues including growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care amongst many others. With great contributions from exceptional women, this is a truly well-rounded collection of knowledge and sage advice for any woman with autism.

                     

                    Published by: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
                    Web: www.jkp.com
                    Publication Date: September 2018
                    ISBN: 9781785924347

                     

                     



                    Exploring depresssion and beating the blues

                    A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome [ASD-Level 1] written by Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett. Illustrated by Colin Thompson.

                    Quick Overview

                    The book explains and describes depression, the forms it can take, and how it looks and feels for teenagers and adults who have Asperger’s syndrome. It includes a 10-stage CBT self-help programme with self-assessment tools and practical activities designed specifically for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome. Although developed as a self-help guide for use with minimal professional support, the programme can also be used in group or individual treatment.

                    Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers with more information at www.jkp.com and available in Australia from Resources at Hand, www.resourcesathand.com.au

                     

                      

                    Been There. Done That. Try This! edited by Tony Attwood, Craig R. Evans and Anita Lesko

                    The world’s Aspie mentors pass on their insights for successful living! Launching a mentorship movement within the autism community to help each other find success, this is an inspirational guide to life by Aspies for Aspies.

                    Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Dr. Stephen M. Shore, and many others offer words of wisdom on coping with daily stressors such as self-esteem, employment, friendship, and love. Each chapter is chock full of advice from Aspie mentors who have all been there and done that and ends with recommendations from Tony Attwood.

                    Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers with more information at www.jkp.com available in Australia from Resources at Hand,
                    www.resourcesathand.com.au

                     

                     

                    Also, CBT for Children and Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders.

                    This book helps clinicians harness the benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Leading treatment developers describe promising approaches for treating common challenges faced by young people with ASD—anxiety and behavior problems, social competence issues, and adolescent concerns around sexuality and intimacy. Chapters present session-by-session overviews of each intervention program, review its evidence base, and address practical considerations in treatment. The book also discusses general issues in adapting CBT for this population and provides a helpful framework for assessment and case conceptualization.

                     

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                    Exploring Affection

                    These two books present carefully designed and evaluated activities for parents, teachers and psychologists to help children who have Asperger’s syndrome understand and express affection to friends and family members. The programme can be incorporated into a social skills or friendship programme or a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy programme for the expression of emotions. The books have been published in 2013 by www.jkp.com

                    For more information about these books:

                    From Like to Love, and 

                    CBT to Help Young People with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to Understand and Express Affection

                     

                     

                     

                    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.

                     

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                    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 

                     

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                    ASA open in Brisbane

                    Asperger Services Australia has opened a new centre in Brisbane.

                    See the Asperger Services Australia website for more information.

                     

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                    Audio Interview with Tony on Adolescents who have Asperger’s Syndrome

                    Channel 4 (United Kingdom) seeks out-of-the-box autistic thinkers

                    Thinking Violets is developing an ambitious new series for Channel 4 Television. People with high-functioning autism will be invited into companies to contribute fresh ideas to how these businesses design, build and sell their products. The idea was inspired by Temple Grandin whose ability to think in pictures led to the redesign of slaughterhouses sparing livestock unnecessary distress and saving the industry millions of dollars.

                    If this is of interest please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, where you come from and why you think you would be a suitable candidate for the series.

                    https://twitter.com/autisticfixers
                    https://www.facebook.com/autisticfixers
                    www.thinkingviolets.com

                     

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                    Website for partners

                    A website, based in the UK, for partners, where one or both partners have the characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome. The web page includes a series of video interviews recorded in England of Tony discussing issues relevant to partners. Go to www.different-together.co.uk for more information for partners.

                     

                     

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                    Tony's article on Autism and Anxiety

                    Tony Attwood’s article on Autism and Anxiety was published 29 April 2015 on Anxiety.org - https://www.anxiety.org/autism-spectrum-disorder-anxiety-strategies

                     

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                    Rachael Lee Harris

                    Rachael Lee Harris, Psychotherapist, Brisbane.

                    Rachael is a registered Psychotherapist specialising in Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. She provides a unique contribution to the field of Autism Spectrum Conditions(ASC) therapy and research as a women who, herself, has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Now in her sixth year of private practice, Rachael is the only Psychotherapist in Australia with Asperger's Syndrome specialising in this field. Drawing on her life and clinical experience, she continues to improve the quality of life of children and adults on the Autism Spectrum and also their carers and partners through her clinic, speaking engagements and retreats. To find out more about Rachael's services and details for upcoming 'Asperger Sisterhood' Retreat Days for Women, contact Rachael via her website - rlharrispsy.com

                     

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                    The CAT-kit

                    Dr. Tony Attwood has teamed up with Dr. Kirsten Callesen and Annette Moller Nielsen of Denmark to create a powerful yet user-friendly tool that gets straight to the core of the thoughts and emotions behind behavior.

                     

                    The CAT-kit offers an easy, hands-on way for young people to communicate with adults, and each other.

                     

                    Read More

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                    Radio interview with Tony

                    Tony was recently interviewed by Jeanette Perkis for her radio programme:

                    Listen to it here.

                     

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                    Radio interview with Lynette Louise

                    Radio interview with Lynette Louise, from A New Spin on Autism: Answers!, and Tony titled The Aspergers of Lynette Louise analyzed by Tony Attwood. You can listen via this link.

                     

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                    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.

                     

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                    Danuta Bulhak-Paterson

                    Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, Clinical Psychologist, at Unique U Psychology Clinic, East Melbourne.

                    Danuta conducts diagnostic assessments and therapy for individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s syndrome. She has a special interest in girls and women with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Danuta has been working at the Minds and Hearts clinic for the past few years but has returned to her home base of Malvern East, Melbourne with her own practice (view her profile at ‘Our Team’ on the M&H website www.mindsandhearts.net).

                    Contact Danuta via her website - www.uniqueupsychology.com.au

                     

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