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LIVE WEBINAR: Understanding ADHD in Women with Barb Cook Friday 28th June 2024

Original price was: $115.00.Current price is: $89.00.

WHEN: Friday 28th June, 2024

START: 10am – 1pm  Brisbane, Australia (AEST)

DURATION: 3 hours (including break and Q&A)

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 3 hours personal development.


Realising you have ADHD as an adult can be literally life changing. It gives validation as to why you may have struggled with executive functioning, organisation, planning, managing time, procrastination, and getting everyday tasks done.

Trying to do all the things that appear easy for typical people can be really overwhelming and impacts on your self-worth and self-esteem. It can lead to negative internalised thoughts where we often beat ourselves up, at what we think we should be able to do.

Alternatively, we can become exhausted with our ever thinking and distractible brains and wonder why at the end of the day it feels like we haven’t got anything done, but our brains feel like they have run a marathon!

This webinar will look at how the ADHD mind works and how to engage and motivate a brain that often feels like it has a mind of its own, is stubborn, resistant, or just downright refuses to do what you want it to do.

Understanding how the ADHD brain is different, knowing what will work best for you, recognising your areas of strength and maximising your potential to help you through challenging situations.

Your presenter Barb Cook was diagnosed as an adult with ADHD 14 years ago and has a wealth of personal experience and clinical experience as a Developmental Educator and Adult ADHD coach to share with you on how to make peace with your ADHD brain, learn how to be not so hard on yourself and to maximise your potential.

Topics covered:

  • ADHD types
  • What’s going on in the brain
  • Dopamine and friends – how neurotransmitters and hormones affect thinking
  • Health and wellbeing – how food choices and lifestyle impacts the ADHD brain
  • Organisation and planning – doing it differently
  • Distractions – internal and external
  • Clutter and choices – decluttering the environment and the mind
  • Delegating – get someone else to do it
  • ADHD and education – avoiding last minute cramming and pulling all-nighters
  • ADHD and employment – how to get the work done, including the boring stuff.
  • Career choices, is this the right job?
  • From habits to rituals – there is a difference
  • Procrastination and task inertia
  • All or nothing approach – why is the grey so hard
  • Making peace with the brain

This webinar will provide practical tools, tips, and strategies for ADHD / neurodivergent adults, teachers, employers, allied health professionals, their parents, support workers and carers.

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, past Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI), an Integrative Nutritionist and current Executive Board Member of the Australian Integrative Medicine Association, and an affiliate member (ARTA) in Recreational Therapy.

Barb holds a Master of Autism degree from the University of Wollongong where she was also a researcher and co-project lead in the area of self-determination and self-advocacy for autistics adults.

Barb is currently engaged in research projects in the USA with her recent project investigating menopause and ageing in autistic people. Barb has a strong interest and holistic approach in working with autistic/ADHD women in midlife and ageing and 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 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’s third book, Planning Your Career Through Intense Interests is focused on assisting young autistic adults in navigating careers pathways. Barb is currently writing her fourth book on autism and menopause.

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

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 was awarded the “A Different Brilliant” award at the Aspect National Recognition Awards in Sydney and the Leadership Support Award from the Neurodiversity Academy in 2021. In 2017 she received a Special Commendation from Queensland’s Governor, his Excellency, Paul De Jersey for the Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards.

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.

Visit and to learn more about Barb Cook.

Published research:

Listening to the autistic voice: Mental health priorities to guide research and practice in autism from a stakeholder-driven project. Teal W Benevides, Stephen Shore, May-Lynn Andresen, Barb Cook, Steven S. Coughlin, Dena L Gassner, Becca Lory Hector, and Lisa Morgan. Sage Journals: Autism

Interventions to address health outcomes among autistic adults: A systematic review. Teal W. Benevides, Stephen Shore, May-Lynn Andresen, Reid Caplan, Barb Cook, Dena L Gassner, Jasmine M Erves, Taylor M Hazlewood, M Caroline King, Lisa Morgan, Lauren E Murphy, Yenn Purkis, Brigid Rankowski, Sarah M Rutledge, Savannah P Welch, Karl Wittig. Sage Journals: Autism.