Weekly Bulletin

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Weekly Article

2018 Workshops

Opportunities to Assist with Research


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The Benefits of Mindfulness

By Dr David Zimmerman,  Clinical Psychologist  


The term "mindfulness" is used to refer to a state of psychological awareness and is defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. It is believed that regular practise of mindful meditation promotes metacognitive awareness, or, “thinking about our thinking”. A number of research studies on mindfulness have identified the following benefits: 

• Reduced rumination: Several studies have shown that mindfulness reduces rumination. Rumination is the focused attention on the symptoms of one's distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions (Chambers et al., 2008). 

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The Benefits of Mindfulness



 2018 Workshops

Presented by Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

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Prof Tony Attwood

Dr Michelle Garnett



Emotion Management for Children and Teens with ASD

Mooloolaba, Queensland: Saturday 6th October, 2018

Rockhampton, Queensland: Friday 9th November, 2018

* Why children and adolescents with ASD/Asperger's syndrome have difficulties expressing and managing emotions

* How high levels of anxiety affect behaviour and learning

* Affective education to learn about emotions at home and school

* Managing anxiety, anger and depression


Opportunities to Assist with Research

Questionnaire Study for Adults with Autism and Neurotypical Controls

Researchers at UNSW Australia and Autism CRC are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about life in adulthood for people with Autism. They are looking for Australian autistic adults 25 years and older, informal carers/support people for Autstralian autistic adults 25 years and older, and non-autistic adults 25 years and older. To find our more about this research please click here

Free Yoga Programme for 8-12 year olds at UQ

We are delighted to announce that one of our highly skilled psychologists, Radhika Tanksale, will be running a group for children aged 8-12 years old with ASD to assist them with their self-regulation skills. The group is part of her PhD research into using yoga-based mindful movement practice with a specific psychological focus. It will be free for all participants. It will be held at the University of Queensland. We can highly recommend this programme to you. Please click here for the flyer.