The power of special interests – Prof. Tony Attwood (recording)

Matt Kempen
Marketing Manager for ACAMH

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The power of special interests – Prof. Tony Attwood’ is a 3 hour webinar, with a Q&A session – for delegates only.


We are delighted to welcome Professor Tony Attwood to deliver this webinar. Tony will discuss the stages in the development of special interests, their sequence, and the reasons why special interests occur as part of the overall profile of Autism. The perspective of parents, teachers, and the autistic person are explored and strategies are outlined to make constructive use of the interest.

There will be practical tips for parents and teachers, sound advice for mental health professionals, with easy to understand interventions, tips, and advice, that can be used immediately. Building on a robust evidence-base, all of these activities can be applied in the home, classroom, and social situations.

Learning outcomes

  • How, and why, special interests develop
  • Building self-confidence with the special interest
  • Making positive use to empower, inspire, and engage
  • Dispelling myths with evidence-based facts
  • Reduce meltdowns when the special interest isn’t available
  • Incorporating special interests into the curriculum
  • Effective management techniques to make life less stressful
  • Easy strategies that make a real difference to peoples lives

About the speaker

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He has his own private practice, is a director of Attwood & Garnet Events, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 750,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 400,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1. He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press on anxiety and depression, relationships and sexuality, employment and general advice for autistic children and adults.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences. He presents workshops and webinars and runs training courses on ASD for parents, professionals and autistic individuals all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. He has presented numerous live webinars with his colleague, Dr Michelle Garnett, which have been recorded and can be accessed via their presentation website

He has worked with many thousands of autistic individuals of all ages with many expressions of autism.

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