Professor Tony Attwood (left), psychologist Astra King and Dr Daryl Efron presented talks on autism spectrum disorder and ADHD at a series of seminars held in Warrnambool yesterday. HUNDREDS of south-west residents are now a wealth of information on behavioural and developmental disorders after a series of Community Southwest (CSW) seminars yesterday.
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Psychology professor Tony Attwood, paediatrician Daryl Efron and clinical psychologist Astra King spoke to more than 270 people from across Victoria about autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

CSW executive officer Allan Bassett was yesterday rapt with the turnout at the four seminars at South West TAFE and St Pius X Hall.

“It’s fantastic . It was absolutely packed,” he said.

“It goes to show how much this sort of thing is needed in the region.

“We’ve had Tony speak to us twice before but this is the first ADHD session we’ve had.

“For the professors to give time away from their practices, it’s a real godsend.”

Clinical psychologist Mrs King offered information on managing behaviours of ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly when caused by genetic condition Fragile X.

Melbourne’s Dr Efron also took the podium to discuss ADHD and related disorders, with a focus on possible treatments and side effects.

“Most kids with ADHD have another problem as well, such as learning difficulties or Asperger’s . They often co-exist,” he said.

“Every child’s situation is different even though they have may have the same diagnoses.

“ADHD is a real condition. A lot of people think it’s a result of bad parenting, bad teaching.”

Brisbane’s Professor Attwood, who has been working with people with autism and Asperger’s for the past 40 years, discussed cognitive affective training resources and issues of bullying in children.

“There is obviously a great need for information in this area,” he said.

“It would cost a fortune for all these people to travel to Melbourne so I come to them and it makes it easier for people to attend.

“Kids who are different are often a target for others.

“They often have troubles of their own but with people being horrible to them, it’s adding insult to injury.

“They often have poorer coping mechanisms it can lead to the point where they almost anticipate it because it’s been a fact of life.”

Professionals, parents and carers attended the seminars .

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