In 2013 we hope to inform and inspire you, sharing our knowledge on ASC to increase awareness and ultimately better the lives of people with AS and autism. To further this goal we are conducting workshops and seminars for parents and health and educational professionals in Brisbane and around Australia.
Our Info Nights provide information on special topics within ASC that we know to be essential in assisting both children and adults on the spectrum. We designed the Info Nights as a short, accessible and affordable way to gain information from experts in ASC. We hold them most months of the year on a Tuesday evening at the Gun Shop Cafe in West End. Also at the Gun Shop Cafe we have been hosting a ASC: Professional Seminar and Dinner Series which will provide the opportunity for professionals in the area of ASC to get together both socially and professionally.
Our Basic Workshop and Advanced Workshop are designed to train health professionals in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ASC. Each workshop has been endorsed for the workshop requirement by the APS/Medicare Autism and PDD Identified Practitioners List.
The female presentation of Asperger’s syndrome has largely been ignored in research and in definitions about what Asperger’s syndrome is. The sad result is that many girls and women with Asperger’s syndrome are missed by health professionals or are misdiagnosed, leading to years of misdirected treatment. In July 2012 we are inviting parents, professionals and women with Asperger’s syndrome to attend our one day seminar: Girls and Women with Asperger’s Syndrome. The seminar is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation of Asperger’s syndrome and share strategies and ideas found to be useful in clinical practice.
At Minds and Hearts we understand that while the teenage years bring with them many rewards, there are also challenges and as such have designed a one day workshop entitled Succeeding with Asperger's Syndrome in the Teens, these will be held in Melbourne, Sunshine Coast and Townsville. The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with specific skills and strategies to make the teenage years a success. Important gender differences in the presentation of Asperger’s syndrome will be clarified, with specific consideration of these differences for assisting the teenager with AS in the best possible ways. The presenters will focus on a range of areas known to be important to both boys and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome including the transition into high school, the learning profile of the person with AS/ASC and specific strategies to encourage learning success, the management of anxiety, stress, anger and depression, friendships, relationships and sexuality, what to do about bullying, and transition into a career. To find out more about these workshops click on the city closest to you