Webchat with Professor Tony Attwood

We were extremely pleased to announce the return of our series of four webchats with leading autism experts from around the world. In our first, FREE one hour webchat, sponsored by Axcis Education, we were privileged to welcome the world renowned clinical psychologist and author, Professor Tony Attwood. 

This exclusive webchat was extremely popular with questions covering a vast amount of topics including women and girls, education, diagnosis, prison and even Donald Trump. We are very grateful to Professor Attwood for his time, expertise and considered and thoughtful responses to all of the questions sent in. 

You can review a full archive of this webchat below.

Live Blog Webchat with Professor Tony Attwood: 11 January 2017

More about Professor Attwood:

Professor Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism since he qualified in England in 1975. He currently works in his own private practice, and is adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book, Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals, has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages. His next book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, was published in October 2006 and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger syndrome. 


Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:22

Voice of the child:

Do autistic children, in the main, feel comfortable with being research subjects and personally value/can assign meaning to the drive towards participative research for their own benefit?


Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:00

Culture of Autism

I am an autistic woman and run a social group for women with autism. Do you find autistic adults have their own culture- life the deaf community? 

Thank you


Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:18

Hi Tony

I'd love some advice on handling siblings of children with autism. Managing my 8 year old's self-esteem in the face of her 10 year old sister's issues (diagnosed 6m ago as high functioning autistic) is a challenge. We want her to value her sister but also have a lot of sympathy for her suffering from big sister's self-absorbtion and absence of tact.

Many thanks

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:48

Dear Professor 

I was also going to ask a question about handling siblings with ASC. My children ages 5 and 6 both have probable Aspergers (awaiting diagnosis). Whilst they are at times very much in tune with each other they can also be very uncaring and physically aggressive to each other. I realise that this is part of normal sibling relationships too but is there more I could and should do to aid their understanding of each other's needs.

Thank you.