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LUNCH & LEARN LIVE WEBINAR: Health & Nutrition Priorities for Autism & ADHD with Barb Cook Thursday 30 May 2024

Original price was: $65.00.Current price is: $49.00.

Health & Nutrition Priorities for Autism & ADHD

with Barb Cook Integrative Nutritionist & Developmental Educator


WHEN: Thursday 30th May, 2024

START: 12pm Brisbane, Australia (AEST)

DURATION: 2.5 hours (2 hour presentation + 30 minutes 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 2 hours personal development

30 Day Access to recording of Event

We all need energy. How we obtain it however can come from a variety of sources. We can get energy from food which gives us calories to burn, sleep which restores our mental and physical wellbeing so we have energy to do things throughout the day, and from doing things we enjoy.

Looking at all the different ways to obtain energy has me thinking about the necessity of food. Food provides our bodies with fuel as well as sustaining life. Over the past few decades, we have seen an enormous increase in food choices, but a decline in health as obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer rise in increasing numbers. With the increased food availability and choices, surely, we should be getting healthier, not sicker?

This webinar will explore the many aspects of food and nutrition and how it can impact or improve our mental well-being, make us feel sluggish or energetic, and to sift through the enormous amount of literature on what is good or not so good for us to eat. Barb will also explore the impacts of food choices and diet on the autistic and ADHD person and mind, along with the challenges of restricted food choices that can occur from textural and taste sensitivities. Plus, the additional concerns of related conditions that can occur, ranging from gut issues, food intolerances and sensitivities, allergies, brain fog, yeast overgrowth, and age-related concerns of peri/menopause, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and neurological decline.

Read description below for information on the presenter.

This workshop is not to be missed.

Presentation slides and handouts will be provided prior to the event.

This workshop may be claimed under the NDIS for self and plan managed participants. Please check with your NDIS LAC / Plan Manager prior to purchasing your ticket.

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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.(Ed), Dip.HSc.(Nut)

Integrative Nutritionist & Developmental Educator

Barb is an Integrative Nutritionist, current Executive Board member of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association Inc., a registered Developmental Educator and past Deputy Chair of the Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI), and an affiliate member (ARTA) in Recreational Therapy who takes a holistic approach in improving the health and wellbeing of neurodivergent people. Barb predominantly works with adults and has an intense interest in improving mental and physical health of autistic women, menopause, ageing and nutrition, nutrigenetics/nutrigenomics, autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s Disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Barb is currently engaged in a variety academic research projects in the USA investigating health priorities for autistic people, with her recent project investigating menopause and ageing in autistic people.

Barb is the founder of Neurotrition Australia and the Neurodiversity Hub that provides professional allied health and holistic health and wellbeing services for neurodivergent people.

Barb holds a Master of Autism degree from the University of Wollongong where she was also a researcher and co-project lead on self-determination and self-advocacy for autistic adults. Barb also holds a Diploma in Health Science (Nutrition) and is currently completing her Master of Human Nutrition through Deakin University. Barb is a certified DNA Life Practitioner who looks at nutrigenomics/nutrigenetics in relation to each client’s personal nutritional needs. Barb is also qualified in horticulture and permaculture, having a strong interest in sustainable lifestyles.

Barb is the founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and is internationally recognised for her best-selling 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 clinical knowledge. Barb’s second best-selling book is, The Autism and Neurodiversity Self-Advocacy Handbook: Developing Skills to Determine Your Own Future, and her recently released third book, Planning Your Career Through Intense Interests: A Guide for Autistic People. Barb is currently writing her fourth book on autism and menopause.

Barb is a highly sought after international speaker and presents on a variety of topics related to autism, ADHD, neurodiversity, health, and nutrition. Barb spoke at the World Autism Organisation Congress 2018 in Houston Texas and 2019, keynoted for 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 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.

As a passionate motorcyclist, Barb enjoys riding the love of her life, Ron Strom Burgundy, a Suzuki VStrom DL1000, who assists her with good self-care and effective anxiety-reducing and depression busting practice. More recently Barb has taken up roller skating after a 33-year break and enjoying skating outdoors by the beach. Barb’s rescue dog Willow, a red Australian Cattle Dog, keeps her on her toes with her intelligence and cheeky attitude and provides a whole lot of furry love!

Published Research

Benevides, T. W., Shore, S. M., Andresen, M.-L., Caplan, R., Cook, B., Gassner, D. L., Erves, J. M., Hazlewood, T. M., King, M. C., Morgan, L., Murphy, L. E., Purkis, Y., Rankowski, B., Rutledge, S. M., Welch, S. P., & Wittig, K. (2020). Interventions to address health outcomes among autistic adults: A systematic review. Autism24(6), 1345–1359.

Benevides, T. W., Shore, S. M., Palmer, K., Duncan, P., Plank, A., Andresen, M.-L., Caplan, R., Cook, B., Gassner, D., Hector, B. L., Morgan, L., Nebeker, L., Purkis, Y., Rankowski, B., Wittig, K., & Coughlin, S. S. (2020). Listening to the autistic voice: Mental health priorities to guide research and practice in autism from a stakeholder-driven project. Autism24(4), 822–833.

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For Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice payment will be refunded, minus a $15 administrative fee. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund. Attendance is fully transferable.