Weekly Bulletin

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In this Issue:

Weekly Article

2018 &2019 Events

Opportunities to Assist with Research

Weekly Article


Improving Social Skills through Drama -

'Imagining Drama'

By Wesley Turner, Psychologist

Though drama has long been viewed as a useful way for individuals to improve their ability to read others’ beliefs and intentions, empirical investigation into drama’s effectiveness as a means of social skills training has been fairly limited for quite some time. Two of the greatest issues limiting the effectiveness of social skills training with Autism are 1) limited generalisation of skills to other contexts, and 2) that acquired skills often do not become autonomous, ‘natural’ behaviours for the individual but rather remain context-specific. Interestingly, these limitations may rest upon HOW these skills are taught. 

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Improving Social Skills through Drama - 'Imagining Drama' 



2018 & 2019 Events

Presented By Professor 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

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Friday 15th March, 2019

* 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

Girls and Women with ASD

Newcastle, New South Wales: Friday 15th February, 2019

* This presentation will focus on the unique presentation of girls and women on the autism spectrum

* Increase awareness and knowledge of the female presentation

* Share strategies and ideas found to be useful in clinical practice

* How to recognize the signs of AS in girls and women

* Discuss key areas of difficulty commonly reported by females with AS including self-understanding, adolescent issues, relationships and expressing and managing emotions

* Tony and Michelle will provide ideas and strategies that can maximize the possibility of successful outcomes for girls and women on the autism spectrum



                                        Opportunities to Assist with Research

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

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.