Bellavista S.H.A.R.E. – the Education Resource Centre of Bellavista School, an independent remedial school in Johannesburg – is hosting Professor Tony Attwood, a leader in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, in January 2017.
On 17 & 18 January, Attwood will present a series of workshops aimed at educators, remedial therapists, classroom facilitators, parents, health professionals and anyone who lives or works with someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This two day event will take place at the FNB Conference Centre in Sandton and marks Attwood’s first visit to South Africa.
Later in the week on 20 January, Attwood will deliver a Master Class for health and education professionals who see children and/or adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome as part of their practice, including psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, GPs, paediatric psychiatrists and paediatricians.
Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorder since qualifying 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 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages. The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, as published in October 2006, is one of the primary textbooks on the topic. He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.
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 Asperger’s syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The sessions promise to give insight into the challenges faced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as their families, especially in adolescence.