Educational and Training Videos

Educational and Training Videos by Barb Cook, Registered Developmental Educator, may be claimable under the NDIS for Self & Plan Managed Participants.

Please advise through our contact page if you require an invoice to claim against your funding package.

NDIS Line Items you may be able to claim under (please check with your LAC and/or plan manager before purchasing):
Capacity building: 15_056_0128_1_3  Therapeutic Supports: Assessment, Recommendation, Therapy And/Or Training (Incl. AT) – Other Therapy
NDIS item: 15_038_0117_1_3  Training for Carers / Parents: Development Of Daily Living And Life Skills – Improved Daily Living Skills
NDIS item:  10_011_0128_5_3  Therapeutic Supports: Employment Related Assessment And Counselling

Length 5 hours 2 minutes

Barb Cook Developmental Educator & Allison Haynes Educational and Developmental Psychologist

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 and Allison are here to do just that with their 5 hour training workshop, taking a deep dive into the life of autistic girls and women.

Barb and Allison get you and have navigated life within a typical world that is not designed for different minds and different ways of thinking. They are 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 training workshop will also assist people who are starting out on their journey of understanding autism and wondering if they may be autistic/neurodivergent. Barb and Allison 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 and Allison’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.

In this series of four videos, learn how to conduct a diagnostic assessment for a girl or woman to determine whether they have autism, including measurement of camouflaging, comorbidity, differential diagnosis, and use of and adaptations to conventional psychometric assessment.

Who is this for?

This series is for professionals who see autistic children, adolescents, and adults as part of their work, including psychologists and psychiatrists, GPs, employment agencies, social workers and counsellors, school teachers, teacher assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, developmental educators, nurse practitioners, mental health nurses, counsellors, staff in clinics for mental health problems, eating disorders, gender identity and personality disorders.

Please note, the content in the video series assumes prior knowledge and skill in professional clinical assessment techniques, the principles of psychometrics, and ethical and professional issues.

In this four-part video series, learn the challenges faced by autistic girls and women in their daily lives and how autism can affect their friendships, relationships, sense of self, emotion regulation and career.

We will cover support and therapy to develop a positive sense of self, enhance strategies for self-advocacy, executive functioning, emotion understanding and regulation, improve friendship and relationship abilities from early childhood to the adult years, and how aspects of autism can contribute to a successful career. 

You will also gain valuable insights, tools and strategies on how to navigate workplace social expectations, implement inclusive practices and adopt collaborative approaches for autistic and neurodivergent people, co-workers, workplace supervisors and management, employers, employment agencies, parents, teachers, allied health professionals, developmental educators, psychologists, counsellors, support workers and carers.

Who is this for?

This series is for professionals who see autistic children, adolescents, and adults as part of their work, including psychologists and psychiatrists, GPs, employment agencies, social workers and counsellors, school teachers and teacher assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, developmental educators, Nurse Practitioners and Mental Health Nurses, Counsellors, and staff in clinics for mental health problems, eating disorders, gender identity and personality disorders.

Please note, content assumes knowledge and skill in professional counselling and therapeutic techniques, the principles of psychotherapy, and ethical and professional issues.

Length: 59:02

Neurodivergent people often experience challenges in exercising skills associated with self-determination and self-advocacy, being pinnacle life skills that drive their success in education, employment, independence and within society.

With the right supports, tools and strategies, they can develop high levels of self-determination, providing a firm sense of self-confidence.

Working together as a community, as parents, partners, caregivers, health professionals, educators and employers, we can be part of the process in guiding, building and supporting them in attaining these skills and empowering them in determining a future that is directed by their visions, dreams and goals for their future.

This presentation will explore the barriers experienced and will provide practical tools, tips and strategies for teachers, employers, allied health professionals, autistic and neurodivergent people, parents, allied health professionals, developmental educators, psychologists, counsellors, support workers and carers.

Length 1:04:33

Executive Functioning (EF) ability covers many skills. People who experience executive dysfunction often have more trouble with attention, working memory, mental processing, and verbal fluency. These are all called executive-function abilities that are important at school, uni, the workplace and home life.

You may have executive dysfunction if you experience difficulty with:
•    Managing time
•    Getting and staying organized
•    Listening and paying attention
•    Completing assignments/tasks
•    Speaking when it’s your turn
•    Sitting still
•    Keeping emotions under control.

This presentation will explore the challenges experienced, investigate why the brain behaves the way it does and discuss strategies and tools that will become part of your EF toolkit, enabling you to be the executive of functioning.

Who will benefit?

Autistic and neurodivergent people, co-workers, workplace supervisors and management, employers, employment agencies, parents, teachers, allied health professionals, developmental educators, psychologists, counsellors, support workers and carers.

Length 59:55

Autistic and neurodivergent people often experience difficulty with processing sensory information, either being hypersensitive or hyposensitive. In the workplace, many sensory factors can negatively impact on individuals’ work performance and contribute to increased levels of stress, anxiety and mental overwhelm.

Being subjected to sensory assault on a regular basis can also impact wellbeing through physical pain, leading to changes in behaviour, withdrawal or meltdown.

This presentation will explore the potential causes and sources of sensory assault in the workplace, how to make workplace modifications and what supports can assist the individual in reducing their sensory overwhelm.

This presentation will also investigate how employers can improve workplace design cost effectively, providing sensory friendly working conditions for all employees.

This presentation provides valuable insights, tools and strategies for neurodivergent people, co-workers, workplace supervisors and management, employers, employment agencies, parents, teachers, allied health professionals, developmental educators, psychologists, counsellors, support workers and carers.

Length 1:13:12

Effective workplace social skills are considered as an essential skill to maintaining a happy working relationship with co-workers, supervisors and employers.

Many of these skills place value in small talk, eye contact, body language, socialising, being confident, and being yourself.

This places enormous stress upon autistic and neurodivergent people, leaving them feeling confused, challenged and anxious at having to navigate the workplace social nuances, that often results in alienation, misunderstandings and potential job loss.

This presentation provides valuable insights, tools and strategies on how to navigate the workplace social expectations, implement inclusive practices and adopt collaborative approaches for autistic and neurodivergent people, co-workers, workplace supervisors and management, employers, employment agencies, parents, teachers, allied health professionals, developmental educators, psychologists, counsellors, support workers and carers.

Duration: 1:02:35

Self-care is critical in maintaining good mental health and physical wellbeing, but is also one of the hardest things to implement into our daily lives.

Autistic and neurodivergent people often experience higher rates of anxiety and depression, along with high levels of stress and burnout.

By the time they hit their 30s and 40s, many autistic and neurodivergent people are exhausted, struggling to stay employed, have broken relationships and friendships, along with the emergence of associated chronic disease and health problems.

This video explores good self-care strategies, how and when to implement them into daily life, how to identify when we are not feeling our best, when to say no and how ask for support.

It also includes practical tools, tips and strategies for autistic and neurodivergent people, parents, teachers, employers, allied health professionals, developmental educators, psychologists, counsellors, support workers and carers.