I am a Psychologist registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA), and I completed my Master in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland (QLD, Australia) and my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Southern Cross University (NSW, Australia).
TOGETHER WHILE APART CAMPAIGN
This is a trying time for all of us, during which anxiety and stress levels are heightened. We have to implement drastic changes in our lives, there is a great deal of uncertainty, and we feel we lack control over the overreaching effects this pandemic has on our lives. These times are difficult for all of us, and particularly stressful for those of us on the Autism Spectrum, for whom change and flexibility are a much bigger challenge.
During this time we are required to keep our distance from each other yet, more than ever, we need to remain connected. Our clinic would like to put the call out to our clients to express their solidarity towards each other, their sense of connection as well as hope, through art.
We created a virtual gallery featuring this art and the aim of this is to reach out to each other with messages of hope, to connect with one another and express solidarity.
Please join us through the beautiful and powerful message art conveys!
Upload using “Contact Us” a photo or video of your art, and be part of the Together While Apart Campaign!
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EVENTS & COLLABORATIONS
Prof Tony Attwood & Dr Michelle Garnett events
Professor Tony Attwood PhD is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, educator, and author. Recently featured on ABC’s Australian Story, Tony is one of the world’s foremost authorities on autism. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals is an international bestseller and seminal in the field.
Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism within her own private practice for over 27 years. Her peer reviewed research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health for autistic individuals. She has co-authored six highly regarded books on autism, five with Prof Tony Attwood. Her 2018 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Her most recent books Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum provide guidance to parent of young children on the autism spectrum. She regularly provides training to four Australian Universities.
SOCIAL SPACE COMMUNITY
Every individual has their unique strengths and capabilities that need to be nurtured. At the same time, the individual is socially connected to their family, immediate social environment, school, work, the wider community, etc. Personal relatedness and belongingness support social, emotional, and physical well-being.
There is a need for social groups that foster the strengths of young individuals on the autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as embrace the valuable parent-child bond. We need groups that build on the family’s strengths and interests, offer opportunities to network with like-minded peers and develop a sense of community and togetherness.
Social Space Community was established as a social hub. The aim was to provide a shared space for young individuals to engage in personally meaningful, fun, structured recreational activities, supported by loved ones, simultaneously connect face-to-face with peers, and feel confident to practice social and community participation in real-time. We also feel that it is important to connect with the internal and external experiences, in the moment, savour the positive experiences, and install the moments in the memory bank!
As a social venture, we are committed to promoting social connectedness. In these times of social distancing, being in the company of others, engaging in shared interests, sharing a smile, greeting others with a simple hello, or giving back to the community has become even more meaningful.
Social space community does not offer therapy services to help ease emotional challenges or develop interpersonal skills. We hope that by creating a sense of belongingness, improved well-being will likely increase for our members.
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Regrets about the past, anxiety about the future, addiction to our phones (yep that was us). Our busy minds were a distraction from what was always right in front of us; this moment.
If we hadn’t stopped and looked around, we would’ve missed it.
The random dude selling flutes! At a local Art Walk, we met Erik who introduced us to the legend of the Komuso monks. These Japanese monks were devoted to the ancient eastern discipline of blowing zen (through a flute) to feel good. Since we love to google everything, we did, and the slow nodding began…
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