What You Will Learn

Have you heard about neurodiversity affirming practices, but you're not completely confident in implementing these with your neurodivergent clients? 

The Neurodiversity Affirming Clinician training is designed to assist psychologists, paediatricians, psychiatrists, and allied health professionals to consider practical ways they can offer a more neurodiversity affirming experience for their clients, from first contact, to goal setting, assessments, report writing, feedback sessions and recommendations for supports and accommodations for children, adolescents and adults.

This course offers a comprehensive mix of video and text-based learning materials, case studies, sample reports and practical downloadable resources for your practice.

For those commencing the course in June 2024, the training includes three live webinars, two of these exclusive to NAC training participants ("Selecting assessment tools for Autism and ADHD" and "Neurodiversity Affirming Report Writing") with Lydia Meem. You will also have access to the live webinar "Exploring Play in Neurodivergent Children" with Dr Erin Robinson, in addition to nine pre-recorded webinars. We'll encourage you to explore a new module each week, but you can complete the modules in any order and at your own pace, with 12 months access to all the recordings and resources.

CPD Certificates provided upon completion of each module

(total of 34 hours CPD across 15 modules).

  • Welcome, course navigation and pre-course questionnaire
  • 'Neurodiversity Affirming Practice' webinar with Lydia Meem
  • Neurodiversity affirming resources for clinicians pdf – books, podcasts, therapy tools, neurodivergent adults to follow on social media
  • 'First Autism Conversations' webinar  with Lydia Meem (benefits of assessment for neurodivergent
    people and their families, what to expect in an assessment)
  • Considerations for making your space more ND-friendly resource
  • Meet Autism Understanding’s neurodivergent team
  • 'Autism and ADHD' webinar with Lydia Meem and Zoe Semmler
  • Neurodivergent Student Profile
  • ADHD tools resource
  • Case Study 1 – AuDHDer adult, executive functioning, mental health, finding self-confidence and independence through art therapy and gym, meal prep etc.
  • Sample Autism assessment report
  • Sample ADHD assessment report
  • Sample NDIS Letters
  • 'Beyond IQ Scores' webinar with Lydia Meem
  • Cognitive Assessment Observation Checklist
  • How to recover when something goes wrong resource for psychometric testing
  • Case Study 2 – bright girl, quirky, internalised presentation
  • Sample report – autism and cognitive assessment
  • Case Study 3 – developmental assessment tracking and developmental plateau/regression
  • Sample developmental assessment report
  • Case Study 4 – autism and global developmental delay, working with parents
  • Sample report – autism and developmental delay, celebrating progress while recognising developmental delays
  • Video discussion of dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and disorder of written expression and common supports and accommodations with Lydia Meem
  • Sample letter for special provisions
  • Links and resources, including MOTIF, SPELD and anti-discrimination information
  • 'Supporting Trans Autistic Clients and Students' webinar with Lydia Meem and Arden Cassie
  • Case Study 5 – trans AuDHDer navigating gender identity and affirmation, study options, friendships, becoming an advocate for neurodivergent students, social justice
  • Sample letter for gender affirming care
  • Sample report
  • Sample NDIS review letter
  • 'Exploring passions, identity, supports and accommodations' webinar with Lydia Meem and Zoe Semmler (including personalised goal setting and supports for neurodivergent people, alternatives to social skills training, normalising solo time, cultural approach to social interaction styles and brain styles, identifying social opportunities through interests and passions, themes in couples counselling)
  • 'Exploring Play in Neurodivergent Children' live webinar with Q&A with Dr Erin Robinson on 24 July 2024
  • 'Sensory preferences and sensitivities' video with Lydia Meem
  • Tips for supporting young people who may be reluctant to engage with services resource
  • Case Study 6 – alternatives to high school, expert in special interests
  • Sample report
  • Case study 7 (girl who likes looking after horses, distance ed, lower work demands)
  • School Can’t resource list
  • Sample Letter for uniform flexibility
  • Video discussion of Autistic burnout in high school with Lydia Meem
  • Case Study 8 – developmental differences, adult learning, workplace adjustments, embracing neurodivergence, becoming an advocate for change at work
  • Sample report
  • Sample letter for workplace
  • 'Autism, Relationships, Intimacy and Sex' webinar with Lydia Meem and Zoe Semmler
  • Sample DSP Support Letters
  • 'Creating a neurodiversity affirming autism assessment experience' webinar with Lydia Meem
  • Sample Intake Form as part of the referral process
  • Sample History and Current Presentation Form for first session with clients
  • 'Selecting Assessment Tools for Autism and ADHD' live webinar including Q and A with Lydia Meem (exclusive to Neurodiversity Affirming Clinician training participants on 22 August 2024)
  • Autism and ADHD Assessment Tool Selection resource
  • Case study 9 (situational mutism and social anxiety)
  • Case study 10 (trauma)
  • Sample report - when it's not autism 
  • 'Neurodiversity Affirming Report Writing' webinar with Lydia Meem (exclusive to participants in the Neurodiverrsity Affirming Clinician training on 5 September 2024)
  • Language Update resource – replacing deficit-based language with neurodiversity affirming language
  • Sample reports – adults, adolescents, children
  • 'Next Steps After An Autism Assessment' webinar with Lydia Meem
  • Recommendation Menu resource
  • Feedback Scripts resource – answering common questions from clients and families
  • Post-course questionnaire
  • All the case studies, resources and tools in one place for you to download
  • Certificates are available for each completed module