Dr Tony Attwood – Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotions


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  • Course – Immediate Access – 10 weeks to complete.
  • You can start immediately and watch anywhere, anytime and on any device.
  • Self paced and you will have access to all 5 hours of training which you can view at a time on any device.
    Accredited Australian Teacher Professional Development – NSW (NESA), ACT (TQI) & All States. Ideal for Teachers, Teacher Aides, Early Childhood, and anyone living & teaching children on the Autism Spectrum.
  • The Course is Accredited CPD for Teachers, SENCOs & excellent for Teacher’s aides
  • The Course is for teachers, teacher aids, learning assistants, SENCOs, RTLBs & Families
  • The Course is for teachers, teacher aids, learning assistants, SENCOs, Professionals & Families
  • The Course is for teachers, teacher aids, learning assistants, Special Education Teachers, Professionals & Families

  • To Register Now & Pay Later/Invoice Your Organisation – explained below


    Will This Course Work for Me & the Child I know?

    What Participant's Say About the Course

    What You Will Learn On This Course

    • Identify the challenges to learning experienced by the student with an ASD and by the teacher of a student with ASD including an item focussing on the presentation of ASD in girls; and
    • Be provided with a framework for managing specific ASD behavioural presentations, including anxiety, stress, obsessions, emotional overload.
    • The specific challenges experienced by the ASD student with reading and mathematics learning especially in relation to their difficulties with problem solving (or rather, their unique approaches to problem solving);
    • Learn how to manage the ASD student's fear of making mistakes or not getting their work right;
    • Learn how to identify the stressors that escalate the ASD student's anxiety levels; and learn about Cognitive Behavoiour Therapy principles and
    • How to use Dr Attwood's 'Emotional Toolbox' model to help the ASD student manage their anxieties and improve their learning outcomes.

    Participants will be:

    • Introduced to the types of behaviours frequently exhibited by students with an ASD;
    • Provided with guides for analysing these behaviours in order to develop appropriate and proactive classroom environments and behaviour management strategies; taught how to identify likely stressors for individual students with an ASD; and
    • Taught how to develop a profile and management strategy for each student to inform colleagues and, if appropriate, fellow students.

    Participants will be encouraged to:

    • Reflect on their own classroom environment and teaching practices in the context of the information, ideas and concepts provided by Dr Attwood;
    • Share their experiences, successes and failures with colleagues;
    • Communicate regularly and effectively with other key individuals in the student's life in order to achieve a more holistic understanding of each student with ASD; and
    • Explore and utilise the many resources available to them prepared specifically with the student with and ASD in mind.

    *Note - Can start IMMEDIATELY and finish at own pace, for example can do in one day or take full 6 weeks

    About Tony Attwood

    Course Content

    Lesson 1

    • What is ASD
    • DSM-5
    • The 7 Parts of Criteria for Diagnosis
    • Girls & Women with ASD

    Lesson 2

    • Cognitive Abilities: A different way of thinking and learning
    • Different way of Learning
    • Visualizers
    • Processing Time
    • Understanding Reading Problems with ASD
    • Mathematics
    • One Track Mind
    • Fear of Making Mistakes
    • Problem Solving & Frustations

    Lesson 3

    • Weak Central Coherence
    • Effect on Areas of Ability and Behaviour
    • Ability to Attribute Social Meaning
    • ASD Friendly Classroom
    • Sensory Sensitivity
    • Suggestions to Reduce Auditory Sensitivity
    • Tactile Defensiveness
    • Challenging Behaviour
    • Behaviour as Communication

    Lesson 4

    • Anxiety
    • Understanding the Amygdala
    • Triggers for Anxiety
    • Coping with Anxiety
    • Affective Education
    • Emotional Toolbox
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and its role in providing greater strategies to manage emotions and behaviour
    • The Emotional Tool Box, what it is and how to use
    • Medication
    • Exploring Affection

    Lesson 5

    • Friendship
    • Stages of Friendship
    • Ages 3-6
    • Using Social Stories
    • Social Curriculum
    • Friendships Ages 6 – 9
    • Friendships for Girls ASD
    • Special Interests: Origins and constructive strategies
    • Functions of Special Interests



    • Same content as Tony Attwood's Live Full Day Workshops.
    • 5 hours of Australian Accredited Teacher Training to NSW (NESA), ACT (TQI), VIC (VIT Maintenance) & QLD, SA, WA, TAS, NT to Australian Teachers Standards.
  • Certificate issued at successful conclusion of the course.
  •  IMMEDIATE access to the course -
  • Access to bonus strategies, videos, time savers and resources.
  • Ongoing support via direct question to Sue and a online community.
  • Relavant to all Teachers (Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary), Parents and Other Professionals.
  • Perfect for Teachers, Child Care Staff & Professionals who can get 1 hour release time per week do Professional Development.

  • Register Now & Pay Later
    - New Zealand Schools & Organisations 

    - United Kingdom Schools & Organisations 

    (we can start you on the course & invoice your Organisation directly to pay later) 

    - email Eliza at support@suelarkey.com.au to arrange. Include in email: Participants Full Name (for Certificate) and direct email address (to send course login details) plus Organisation Name and person name & email to send the invoice.

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    GROUP or STAFF Booking

    Group - Staff Bookings There are two options:

    1. Order and pay online for multiple Staff and then email Andrew participants full names and email address. We'll then communicate directly with the staff the login details and Certificate etc.
    2. Email Andrew to arrange - support@suelarkey.com.au - Include in email: Participants Full Name (for Certificate) and direct email address (to send course login details) plus Organisation Name and person name & email to send the invoice.

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    (Note - Participants can start immediately)

    What People Say About Sue’s Online Workshops

    “I had heard great things about all of Sue Larkey’s courses. I completed the 45 minute course ‘Key Strategies for Success’ and found this extremely useful.  I then chose to complete the longer course. Not only did this course give me a very extensive range of strategies to try,  I now have a much clearer understanding of ASD, what it can look like and that it is never the same in two children.”

    “I recently completed the 5 hour online course ‘Making it a success.’ I initially chose to complete this course as I have a little person in my Preschool class this year who has ASD. I have never taught a child who has ASD before and so I have been feeling very anxious and overwhelmed.  I just felt that I didn’t have enough knowledge or skills to teach this little person effectively. 

    “Thank you again for the opportunity to take part in these extremely informative modules and for all your wonderful teaching tools and resources. I will highly recommend this course to other teachers.” Cathy Time Saver Clock 

    “Your passion shines through every module and it is so very motivating, thank you.” Claire Western Australia 

    “You would have to be one of the best presenters I have seen. It has been fantastic and I have really benefited (as will the families and children I work with) in applying many of the strategies in my work as an Earlylinks/ inclusion project worker” Kim 

    “Thank you Sue for the most relevant and practical PD I have ‘attended’. WOW! Having the download notes prior was a great idea. I actually went back and watched the episodes again as it takes me time to soak in the info.Thank you again for giving me a new passion and understanding for all those little cherubs in my class.” Therese, Teacher 

    “Thank you Sue for your very enlightening course. I wish I had learnt all these pointers some years ago.”  Lorraine, Teacher 

    Some of the key points I took away were: *You can’t stop the behaviour, you can change it. *Time management = anxiety management. *The difference between sensory meltdown, behaviour meltdown and tantrum. I feel much more confident in being the teacher for this little person.  This course was fabulous and I would highly recommend it to other educators of children with ASD.  Thanks so much Sue for providing such a valuable resource.” Kathleen, Teacher 

    “I’m really enjoying the online PD and have lots of ideas that I can take back to my class.” Penny 

    “I am both a Mum to a &yr old with ASD and an English teacher, and feel you really addressed important issues in a practical and informative way. I feel I have many new strategies to try and implement and benefited from the examples you provided. I’m also grateful my son’s teacher and learning support teacher are both doing your webinar too, so together we should be able to make a difference to my son’s learning and engagement with the world” Fiona, Parent 

    “I just finished your course and found it extremely helpful.” 

    “My son’s teacher said it’s the best in- service she has ever had! She has had an epiphany! She understands it all so much better. She has some great ideas for the aide! She feels empowered and inspired! This is so great for all her future students too.” 

    “It was all you promised – practical, fast moving, fun and motivational. You have a great understanding of ASD and a true talent for sharing your knowledge and passion in a way we can relate to.” 

    “Thank you for organising these online modules for training. They are great! Easy to follow and full of fantastic strategies for you to walk away with. A must for ALL teachers.” John, Indonesia 

    “I just finished the online course. I got a lot out of it, I wish more people would do the course! I appreciate your time and enthusiasm!” Annemarie, Parent child with ASD 

    “Firstly I just want to thank you for such an enjoyable, & educational online course about understanding autism. I thoroughly enjoyed each module and cold have easily listened to you talk for another 5 hours! After finishing the modules I cannot wait to get back into the classroom and put some of your tips and idea into practice. I personally enjoyed watching the videos of children on the ASD and then listening to you speak of those specific cases. For me those real examples made things very clear and understandable.” Rebecca

    I really enjoyed Sue Larkey's course tremendeously and have learned a great deal, not to mention gaining a new perspective on so many things. Sue was easy to listen to and she kept me engaged with her enthusiasm and obvious caring nature, as she spoke about the children and her experiences with the children, their families and how she has helped them with their many challenges.

    Sue's detailed insight of so many things on ASD/Aspergers has suddenly shed so much light onto so many issues for a number of students (and a few children outside my working environment) for me. It made me want to watch it all again, just to see if I can retain even more the second time around. There was just so much to take in. Some of the simpliest ideas and tips have already helped me in dealing with kids one on one. She mentions in her video that if we thought there was any part of the lessons that should be taken out, or perhaps replaced with something else. Well I don't feel I have enough experience as yet, to offer advice as to what needs to be added in her videos, but I personally don't feel there was anything she should take out! There wasn't one lesson that I didn't enjoy and found myself discussing it with others and they definitely made ME stop and think about the way I DO and SAY things a lot more when dealing with the children.

    "Some of the simpliest of tips which have made me stop and think and others I wasn't aware of, but they all have really helped: Talk in a monotone voice to tell them what to do. A red ear - can be a pre-warning to a shutdown. Make sure they've had a drink of water and been to the toilet before a good learning session is to start. Ensure you say the child's name BEFORE you give them an instruction (which I thought I was doing quite well, but obviously not well enough). Children on the spectrum always replace one behaviour with another and you can't stop a behaviour.... but you DO need to replace it! I could go on and on.... Let alone the list of resources which outline strategies for specific behaviours/issues needing a fresh idea. So Im very thankful that this course was offered to me and I was given the opportunity to take part and gain some very helpful strategies." Kind regard, Kerry (Teacher)

    Could you please pass on my thanks to Sue for amazing course. As an EA and mum to a child with autism I took so much away with this course, not only for myself, my child and the students I work with but to share with family and teachers. It is the first course I have done that really gets people to reflect on themselves first and then use it as a reflection tool when exploring the complexities of ASD. Kind regards, Michelle

    my apologies if this is the wrong place to send but, I just wanted to say thank you for a very informative & interesting course. i am currently doing a cert3in education support course. Your course has been helpful in enhancing this course & ive looked forward to doing it every week. Very easy to follow & understand. It makes sense. So thank you 🙂 Brenda

    Also, can you please pass on to Sue that her course has made the life of one little girl in my room a whole lot easier. Only diagnosed with severe autism this year - the first year of Kindergarten - I was at a loss as I had never taught a child with autism before. This little girl has made me a better teacher and I think, a better person! So on behalf of her, and myself please tell your amazing wife that she is changing lives 🙂 Jane (Teacher)