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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Enhancing Understanding and Providing Proactive Interventions

ONLINE WORKSHOP |Develop your understanding of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so that you can better respond to, and support them. Learn how to identify triggers and provide proactive interventions.



Develop your understanding of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so that you can better respond to, and support them. Learn the common characteristics in ASD and the challenges that these often present, particularly anxiety. What have become known as 'autistic meltdowns' occur when the person's anxiety peaks to a level that is higher than they can manage. In this workshop you will learn how to identify triggers and provide proactive interventions. 

This workshop is also available to attend in person - register here.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Learn the common characteristics in ASD; sensory processing issues, difficulties with communication, social relationships and problem-solving

  • Learn about the idiosyncratic ways that people with ASD think
  • Understand the different challenges that Anxiety presents for those with ASD

  • Explore different triggers which cause escalation of ‘autistic meltdowns’

  • Gain knowledge and tools to better understand and minimise distress 

  • Framework for proactive interventions

Let's Get Real

  • Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

  • Working with whānau

  • Working within communities

  • Challenging discrimination

  • Maintaining professional and personal development


Facilitated by Dr Olive Webb

ONZM, FNZPsS, PhD, DipClinPsych, DipHSM(dist)

Olive has over 40 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist in the area of Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and related areas. She has published widely in these specialist fields, focussing on sexual education, challenging and offending behaviour by people who have intellectual disabilities, adults and children with high and complex needs, and various aspects of the healthcare of people who have intellectual disabilities. Olive was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2008 for Services to Intellectual Disability.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four 
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view an online workshop session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.


You will need

  • Headset and Microphone

  • Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)

  • Stable broadband connection 

Minimum System Requirements

  • As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable.

Operating System
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above

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