SDS Seminars Online

Behaviour and Emotion Management for Children & Adolescents with Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett



An exclusive Masterclass by Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett run by SDS Seminars Ltd in Association with Attwood&Garnett Events. It is designed to enable healthcare, psychology and education practitioners to work effectively with behavioural and emotional difficulties presented in children and adolescents with autism.

Children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often struggle to understand and express emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression. These struggles have been made even more pronounced during the last several months of COVID-related uncertainty – numerous lockdowns, home-schooling, re-starting the school after several months of staying at home, worries about health and safety – to name just a few.

Conventional strategies that encourage emotion management for typical children do not seem to be as effective with those who have an ASD. The child’s quality of life, self-esteem and well-being will be influenced by their ability to manage emotions and difficulties with emotion management can lead to being suspended and having a notoriety that will affect the attitude of teachers and peers as well as the attitude of the child to themselves.

Through several decades of working with children and adolescents with ASD and their families and schools, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting children with ASD to learn about, and manage, their emotions from anxiety to love.

They will specifically address COVID- and lockdown-realated issues listed above and will be happy to answer your questions during this live event.

Who will benefit?

  • Teachers, teacher assistants, staff, school administration staff
  • Mental health professionals, including psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, counsellors, GPs, paediatricians and psychiatrists and others
  • Parents, carers and family members who support a child or adolescent with ASD

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why children and adolescents with ASD have emotion management difficulties
  • Recognise how anxiety presents behaviourally for a child or adolescent with ASD especially in the times of uncertainty
  • Gain strategies to manage intense anger in a child with ASD
  • Know how to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Understand and support strategies to assist a child or adolescent with ASD to overcome depression
  • Utilise anxiety management strategies to assist a child with ASD to feel calmer at school

Course tutors

Prof Tony Attwood
Clinical Psychologist, Professor at Griffith University in Australia and Strathclyde University in Scotland

Dr Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist, is the acknowledged world expert on therapy with autistic clients. Professor at both Griffith University in Australia and Strathclyde University in Scotland, he’s worked with an estimated 8000 clients with some form of autism diagnosis. He is author of innumerable peer reviewed studies and book chapters on autism. He’s also published 15 books in the field with sales topping 1 million, and titles translated into 28 languages. These include CBT to Help Young People with Asperger’s Syndrome to Understand and Express Affection: A Manual for Professionals (2013) and Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues: A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome (2016).

Dr Michelle Garnett
MPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS MCCP, Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for just under 30 years.
Her peer reviewed research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health for autistic individuals.
She has co-authored six highly regarded books on autism, five with Prof Tony Attwood.

Course structure

  • Video
  • Online Test
  • Personalised Certificate for 2 CPD Hours