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Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Special Interests: The Origins Of The Special interests And The Use And Misuse Of The Interest - How To Constructively Use Special Interests In The classroom To Improve Motivation, Concentration And Friendship Skills.

There appear to be several stages in the development of special interests and the presentation outlines the developmental sequence and the reasons why specific interests occur as part of the overall profile of ASD. The perspective of parents, teachers and the person with ASD – at Levels1, 2 & 3 are explored and strategies are outlined to make constructive use of the interest or to reduce the dominance of specific interest in the person’s daily life.

Dates: 13 Jun 2023 (Tue)
Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue: Live Online Training
Speaker: Professor Tony Attwood

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 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 300,000 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 written several other books on emotion management, relationships and sexuality, 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 runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with many expressions of autism.

Course Objectives

The course objectives are to explore and explain:

  • The developmental stages of special interests and variations in intensity and focus.
  • The value of special interests to an autistic child includes enjoyment, a means of blocking and suppressing anxiety and agitation, a sense of self-identity and the creation of an alternative world.
  • How to constructively use special interests in the classroom to improve motivation, concentration and friendship skills.
  • Aspects of special interests that can cause concern such as an interest in weapons and fire.
Who Can Benefit?

Parents, family members, carers, health and educational professionals who see children and/or adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Levels 1, 2 & 3, as part of their practice, including psychologists, teachers, teacher’s assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax
15 Feb 2023 250
Normal Till Full 290