LIVE Webinar: Girls and Women Understanding Autistic Needs with Barb Cook Saturday 1 April 2023


with #ActuallyAutistic presenter

Barb Cook Developmental Educator

WHEN: Saturday 1st April, 2023

START: 9.30am – 2.30pm Brisbane, Australia (AEST)

DURATION: 5 hours (including regular breaks & Q&A sessions)

WHERE: Online – Webinar link will be sent one (1) day prior to event start

On completion of this workshop, a certificate will be provided with 4 hour personal development.

30 Day Access to Recording of Event

Have you ever wanted a direct line to experienced autistic women to ask the hard questions and get help navigating the endless confusion of life? Someone you could have access to, to help you figure things out.

Do you want to know how it feels to be understood and to know that someone out there has had the same experiences you have had in life?

Barb is here to do just that with her full day workshop, taking a deep dive into the life of autistic girls and women.

Barb gets you and have navigated life within a typical world that is not designed for different minds and different ways of thinking. Barb is here to help you to understand life as an autistic/neurodivergent person, assist you in your self-discovery and provide a wealth of strategies, tools, and supports to empower you in designing a life that works for you.

This workshop will also assist people who are starting out on their journey of understanding autism and wondering if they may be autistic/neurodivergent. Barb will explore the nuances of autistic girls and women and how they often fly under the radar until later in life, often when reaching a critical point of burnout or breakdown. Barb’s perspectives comes from a deep understanding of autism from a lived and extensive clinical experience, working with autistic women, girls and gender diverse people.

This workshop is not to be missed.

Presentation slides and handouts will be provided prior to the event.

This workshop may be claimed under the NDIS for self and plan managed participants. Please check with your NDIS LAC / Plan Manager prior to purchasing your ticket.

If you require a detailed invoice, please email connect @ explaining what information is required.

Event online link to attend will be sent out to participants 24 hours prior to event start. Please check your junk and spam folders if you do not receive a link. We will be unable to resend a link once the event has started.


Girls and Women: Understanding Autistic Needs Workshop Topics

Pursuing a Diagnosis

Why are Fewer Females Diagnosed?

Benefits of a Diagnosis

Disclosure – how, when and why, and do I have to?

Growing up autistic on planet earth

Perimenopause/menopause and aging

Diversity, Gender and Intersectionality

Relationships – your way

Personal Safety

Socialising, Anxiety and Addictions

The Sensory Realm – what does this look like

Executive Functioning – redefining expectations

Emotions and Empathy

Meltdown and Shutdowns – what’s the difference

Self-Care and Wellbeing

Co-occurring Conditions – when it is more than just autism

About the Presenter

Barb Cook Girl Women Autism WorkshopBarb Cook

Developmental Educator

Barb Cook is a highly committed autistic advocate, writer, editor, and highly sought-after international speaker. She has made appearances on Australian radio and television, in newspapers and magazines, and in the SBS television documentary The Chameleons: Women with Autism.

Barb received a diagnosis of autism, ADHD and phonological dyslexia in 2009 at the age of 40. This really did give the statement of ‘life begins at 40’ a whole lot more depth and meaning to her — literally a new beginning of self-discovery, self-advocacy and personal empowerment.

Today, Barb is a registered Developmental Educator, Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI), an Autism and Neurodivergence Consultant and Neurodivergent/ADHD/Autism Life Coach. She holds a Master of Autism (education) degree with focus on employment from the University of Wollongong, where she is also a researcher and co-project lead in the area of self-determination and self-advocacy for adults on the autism spectrum.

Barb is founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and brainchild of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Barb is a prolific writer on neurodivergence and employment and is published in academic research. Barb’s recent book, co-author with Yenn Purkis, The Autism and NeuroDiversity Self Advocacy Handbook is due for release this February and a much anticipated bestseller.

Barb is the founder of the Neurodiversity Hub in Gympie Queensland, a space providing allied health services for neurodivergent people, including one-on-one support, therapeutic groups, workshops and presentations and informal space to meet. She is also Director and Founder of NeuroEmploy Pty Ltd, a company providing a variety of neurodiversity specific educational and training programs for neurodivergent individuals, workplace staff, management and businesses.

Barb is a passionate motorcyclist, and enjoys riding the love of her life, Ron Strom Burgundy, a Suzuki VStrom DL1000, who assists her with good self-care and an effective anxiety reducing and depression busting practice.

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