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LIVE WEBINAR: Autism, Perimenopause and Menopause with Barb Cook Friday 18 August 2023


The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Annoying

Exploring the challenges, experiences, and positives of mid-life changes that no-one wants to talk about!


Barb Cook, M.Aut.,Dip.HSc.

Neurodivergent Developmental Educator

WHEN: Friday 18th August, 2023

START: 2pm – 5pm  Brisbane, Australia (AEST)  

DURATION: 3 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 3 hour personal development

30 Day Access to Event Recording

We must ask ourselves, why is it that the biological and hormonal changes that happen to our bodies as we head into mid-life and beyond, is not a topic that widely or openly discussed?

Often hearing the words perimenopause and menopause, instantly bring feelings of dread and fear, without the slightest consideration of anything positive for about a decade, or even longer, due to the impending unpleasant experiences, that will bring us nothing but despair and misery, for many, many years.

No wonder we don’t talk about it!

Many of us feel prepared for our first period, but most of us are certainly not prepared for our last.

It’s time to change that.

This webinar aims to explore, discuss, and openly look at what to expect as we age, what changes our bodies go through, and how each of us can experience similarities, but our journey’s will be unique to us.

Barb will explore how being autistic/neurodivergent can bring a whole different experience from typical people, especially when we have sensory and neurological differences.

From the autistic/neurodivergent perspective, Barb examines how the more informed we are in what to expect and experience, can help reduce our anxiety and overthinking, allowing us to prepare for challenging times, recognise the signs and stages of change, and learn how to be kind to ourselves. We most certainly deserve that!

Perimenopause and menopause are a significant and natural part of life.

It can certainly be challenging at times, and one hell of a ride, so buckle up, as Barb takes you through the experiences of hot flashes, sweat-soaked sheets, the itchy skin, the foggy thinking and the 14-day floods, with a dash of spicy humour and optimism, that will prepare you for the next stage of life.

This event is certainly one you don’t want to miss!

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.

A copy of the recording of the event will be available for you to watch for 30 days.


About the presenter Barb Cook, M.Aut. (Edu), Dip.HSc. (Nut)

Barb is a registered Developmental Educator, current Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI), and an Autism and Neurodiversity Employment Consultant and Life Coach for neurodivergent adults (ADHD, autism and dyslexia). Barb 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 has extensive experience in working with adults on the autism spectrum and ADHD, in creating pathways in attaining life goals in the areas of self-determination and self-advocacy, education, employment, health and interpersonal relationships.

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 is 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 founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and editor and co-author of the internationally acclaimed 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 is a highly sought after international speaker and presents on a variety of topics related to autism, ADHD and Neurodiversity.

Barb identifies as neurodivergent, being formally diagnosed mid-life with ADHD, Autism and dyslexia in 2009, and promotes a strength-based and person-centred approach in her life and work.

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.

For more information on Barb and her work click HERE.