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Autism Spectrum Conditions: Diagnosis and Treatment, Basic Workshop

Format Workshop
Presenters Professor Tony Attwood & Dr Michelle Garnett
Description The purpose of this workshop is to prepare health professionals to recognise and appropriately refer, assess or treat autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Subtypes of ASC are described and defined according to DSM-IV-TR and DSM-V. A critical review of the available screening devices and diagnostic tools is presented, with recommendations as to the strongest tools to use. Participants will learn about the prevalence of ASC, and its aetiology. Guidance will be given as how to structure and conduct a diagnostic assessment with particular consideration given to autistic disorder, Asperger's syndrome, early screening and diagnosis, and school-aged children. A video-taped demonstration by Professor Tony Attwood will illustrate a diagnostic interview with a primary-aged child. Differential diagnoses and co-morbid conditions will be presented and explained. Treatment will focus on early intervention models for autism, family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and Social Stories.
About the presenter(s) Professor Tony Attwood is a world expert and leading authority on Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and autism. Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum conditions since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. His book "Asperger's Syndrome - A Guide for Parents and Professionals" has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into over twenty languages. He has worked with over 6,000 individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Condition. His latest book "The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome" was published in October 2006. Dr Michelle Garnett is the Founder of Minds & Hearts, a specialist clinic in Brisbane for children and adults who have an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Both are internationally known presenters, having presented together around Australia, New Zealand and Europe for numerous Universities, Societies, Colleges, Schools and Support Networks. Tony and Michelle are clinical psychologists who together have over 50 years of experience in helping people with autism spectrum conditions. They are warm, inspiring engaging and knowledgeable presenters.
Location VIC Metro, Australia
Venue Rydges on Swanston
701 Swanston Street, Carlton

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 14 Mar 2013 to 15 Mar 2013
Time 9.00am to 4.30pm
Cost Early Bird: $630 (if registration paid prior to 15th February 2013) Regular: $660 (if registration paid after 15th February 2013) Student: $590 (photocopy of student ID required)
Notes Event endorsed for workshop requirement for entry to the APS/Medicare Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) Identified Practitioners List.
Organiser Minds and Hearts
Contact Name Louise Ford
Telephone 07 3844 9466
Fax 07 3844 9533