An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges by Tony Attwood


Join AuSM for this rare opportunity to participate in a full day workshop presented by world-renowned speaker and autism expert, Tony Attwood, who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment.


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Who Should Participate
Parents, Caregivers, Educators, Psychologists, Therapists, Direct Support Professionals, Individuals with Autism

Sessions Will Include:

Managing Feelings: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage Anxiety, Sadness and Anger
Learn why children and adults with Asperger's syndrome are more prone to develop mood disorders and obtain strategies for managing emotions. Through Cognitive Behavior Therapy, improve the understanding of emotions and change the way the person with autism perceives and responds to emotions. Learn how use of an “emotional toolbox” can provide a range of strategies to manage feelings and repair emotions.

Cognitive Affective Training (CAT) Kit for Caregivers, Psychologists, Teachers, Therapists
The CAT-kit provides activities to explore nine emotions using a “thermometer” to measure the degree of expression. The program also provides activities to structure experiences and perceive the physiological cues that indicate increasing anxiety and anger.  

Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome
Learn about challenges teens with Asperger's syndrome face, ranging from the physical aspects of puberty to changes in friendship, the development of sexuality, the change in academic expectations, issues regarding self-esteem, and preparation for employment.

Asperger’s Syndrome, Employment, and Relationships
As a person ages into adulthood, new challenges arise, including finding and keeping ability-appropriate employment and developing friendships into relationships. Obtain strategies for adulthood emotion management.

Workshop Details

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
Workshop Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration (lunch is included)

Workshop Fee (please select one)
Member: $85
Non-Member: $115
Individual with ASD: $65
Student: $75

Group Rate: A group rate of $10 off the member or non-member rate is available for 10 or more participants from the same organization. Call 651.647.1083 ext. 19 to register a group.

About the Speaker

Tony Attwood, M.Sc., Ph.D., A.F.B.Ps.S., M.C.C.Ps.
Dr. Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently runs a private practice in Australia, and also is 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 more than 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in 2006, is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome. 

Dr. Attwood has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and international conferences; presents workshops; 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 thousands of individuals of all ages with autism.  

AuSM Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation: If a workshop is cancelled or postponed, AuSM will attempt to notify you via phone, using the phone number provided with your registration. We also will post notice of cancellations and postponements on

Cancellation by registrant: Refunds less a $10 processing fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  seven business days prior to the start of the workshop. Following this date, no refunds will be given. Requests for transfer of registration to another individual will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cancellation by program organizer: AuSM reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the workshop non-viable. If AuSM cancels a workshop, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the workshop is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same workshop at the new, future date.