LIVE Webinar Neurodivergent Adults Surviving the Festive Season with Barb Cook Developmental Educator 16 November 2023


Neurodivergent Adults Surviving the Festive Season with Barb Cook Developmental Educator


WHEN: Friday 16th November 2023

START: 6.00pm  Brisbane, Australia (AEST)

DURATION: 1.5 hours (including Q&A)

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

30 days viewing access of recording available after event

Surviving the Festive Season or the more aptly named “Silly Season” can be challenging for many neurodivergent people. Being jostled around by people in crowded shopping centres, excessively buying food and alcohol and visiting family that you really didn’t want to, certainly lives up to the reference of being downright silly. Why do people do that?!

What seems joyous to typical people, is certainly not for many neurodivergent people. We honestly would just like to head off to a deserted island, hide in the mountains, or live in a castle with a moat, so we can avoid the sensory nightmare that goes on “out there”!!

This webinar is for neurodivergent adults and will explore some of the challenges we experience during this highly stressful period and how to survive the upcoming onslaught!

Topics covered:

  • Sensory overwhelm and how to plan for chaotic and unstructured events and days
  • Hope to cope when things don’t go to plan
  • How to reduce incidents of meltdown and shutdown – be prepared!
  • Challenges with family
  • Coping with feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Challenges of shopping centres and buying gifts
  • Navigating parties and functions
  • The dangers of excessive alcohol consumption
  • Unsafe situations
  • Setting boundaries – Don’t kiss me great aunty!!!
  • Setting up a safe space to get downtime
  • Doing what you enjoy – put your needs first!

This webinar is not to be missed!


About the Presenter

Barb Cook Girl Women Autism WorkshopBarb Cook, M.Aut.(Ed), Dip.HSc.(Nut)

Developmental Educator, Integrative Nutritionist & Adult ADHD Coach

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 is a registered Developmental Educator, Adult ADHD Coach and Integrative Nutritionist, who is dedicated to improving the overall well-being and quality of life for neurodivergent people. Barb identifies a neurodivergent after being diagnosed mid-life (40) and after significant burnout in 2009 with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.

Barb is internationally recognised for her bestselling book on autism in women, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism with Dr Michelle Garnett, filling the gap in literature between lived experience of autistic women and the clinical knowledge. Barb’s recently released and second best-selling book co-authored with Yenn Purkis, The Autism and Neurodiversity Self-Advocacy Handbook: Developing Skills to Determine Your Own Future, is an essential guidebook that gives you the tools and strategies to advocate for yourself in any situation, developing your skills in standing up for yourself, your needs and wishes.

Barb is founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and is a prolific writer on autism, ADHD and neurodivergence.

Barb is 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 an informal space to meet.

Barb has extensive professional training, clinical supervision and clinical experience in the areas of autism and ADHD in adults. Barb works alongside leading world authorities on autism, Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, and co-created and co-delivers the Masterclass on Diagnosis and Intervention of Autism for Girls and Women for health professionals and educators. She has extensively worked alongside a variety of clinical psychologists, including working at the Minds and Hearts Clinic in Brisbane which specialises in autism. Barb works extensively in academic research, with published research papers on autism and mental health. Also, she has been engaged in casual part-time teaching in the Master of Autism (education) post-graduate degree program.

Barb is a highly sought-after international speaker and presents on a variety of topics related to women, autism, ADHD and Neurodiversity. Barb spoke at the World Autism Organisation Congress 2018 in Houston Texas and 2019, and was invited by the United States government to keynote a special event “A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs” for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) in Washington DC, USA.

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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