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LIVE WEBINAR: Autism, ADHD and Sleep Thursday 15th August 2024

Original price was: $59.00.Current price is: $49.00.

WHEN: Thursday 15th August, 2024

START: 6pm – 8pm Brisbane, Australia (AEST)

DURATION: 2 hours (including 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 1.5 hour personal development

30 Day Access to recording of Event

Autistic/ADHD people experience significantly higher rates of sleep disorders, nightmares, parasomnias, insomnia, sleep deprivation, broken sleep, non-restorative sleep, and sleep-related breathing disorders. Current research indicates that numbers as high as 4 out of 5 people with ADHD/autism have a sleep disorder. These number are extremely concerning due to the significant impact poor sleep has on neurodivergent people and their quality of life.

In Barb’s clinical work, poor sleep is identified as one of the main issues that autistic and ADHD people struggle with throughout their lives. The impact of burnout, stress, hypervigilance, executive dysfunction, ageing, and menopause further adds to the overwhelm of the many sleep deprived, and continually exhausted neurodivergent people.

This webinar will explore the many factors contributing to poor sleep, the increased prevalence of sleep disorders in autistic and ADHD people and the effects of poor sleep in relation to ageing and increased risk of neurodegenerative disease. Barb draws on current research and evidence of the effects of poor sleep and will provide practical information and strategies to improve sleep hygiene and increasing the potential of regular restorative sleep.


  • Why is there an increase in poor sleep in autism and ADHD
  • Why is it difficult to get to sleep
  • The increased prevalence of sleep disorders in autism & ADHD
  • Nightmares/Parasomnias
  • Vivid dreaming
  • Broken sleep patterns
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Paralysis, Narcolepsy and the ADHD connection
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and napping
  • Why is it hard to wake up the brain
  • The noisy brain at night – why the brain won’t go to sleep
  • Being the night owl
  • Effects of food on sleep
  • Autistic/ADHD stress and sleep
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorder and Delayed Circadian Rhythm
  • Sleep and breathing disorders
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sleep and ageing
  • Sleep as a predictor of disease
  • Ways to improve sleep
  • Sleep cycles that suits the neurodivergent brain
  • The effects of perimenopause and menopause on sleep
  • Benefits of nutrition and exercise
  • How to implement a healthy lifestyle when it is so hard to do
  • Creating good sleep hygiene for neurodivergent brains
  • Working towards restorative sleep

This webinar will provide practical information and strategies for autistic/ADHD people across the lifespan, parents, allied health professionals, educators, support workers and carers.

This event may be claimable for Self & Plan Managed NDIS Participants. Please check with your plan manager/LAC. Please advise in checkout or email us HERE if you require an invoice to claim against your funding package.


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), Integrative Nutritionist and current Executive Board Member of the Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA).

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.