West Coast (Sacramento) Autism Conference

October 21, 2016

“Cognitive Abilities:  A Different Way of Thinking and Learning Profile” - Professor Tony Attwood

This presentation features the unusual profile of cognitive abilities associated with Asperger's syndrome.  This profile is described with an emphasis on intellectual abilities, problems with executive function (attention, memory and organizational skills) and weak central coherence (difficulty seeing the big picture).  Numerous, practical strategies will be presented to support the student/child with Asperger's syndrome to improve problem solving skills, decrease frustration,  improve organizational skills and increase academic achievement.  

Adolescent Issues for Teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome - Professor Tony Attwood

This entertaining and informative presentation focuses on issues faced by teenagers with Asperger's syndrome, which range 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.  Current, targeted strategies will be presented that can be implemented in the classroom, your practice or home today!

 Learner Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the profile of cognitive abilities associated with Asperger's syndrome.
  • To describe how executive functioning impacts individuals with ASD at home, school or in the community.
  • To identify strategies that can be used to teach and support executive functioning skills such as attention and organizational skills for the student/child with ASD.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationship challenges faced by teenagers with Asperger's syndrome.
  • To learn strategies for social, academic and self-identity issues for adolescents with ASD.


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 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages.  His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, was published in October 2006 and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome.  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 an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Professional Qualifications:  Ph.D. from University of London, UK (1984); M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK (1975); B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Hull, UK (1973) and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia & Consulting Psychologist to Minds & Hearts Clinic in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  


Financial - Speaker for PEAK Conference Group, LLC and receives honorarium fees.  Dr. Attwood receives royalty payments for his books from Future Horizons.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.