NDIS Carers QLD Choice and Control Epsiode 2.3 Barb Cook

You can read the transcript HERE. In this episode we meet Barb Cook, a regional Queensland-based writer, academic, developmental educator and autism advocate. Barb has autism, ADHD and dyslexia, but like many of her generation wasn’t diagnosed until well into adulthood.  She says the diagnosis was a relief, and a chance for a whole new …

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7 Signs of Autism in Women with Barb Cook (DSM-5 Symptoms of Autism/Aspergers in Autistic Adults)

Interview conducted by Paul Micallef of Aspergers on the Inside

Signs of autism in adults are often not immediately obvious. The symptoms of autism in ‘high functioning’ autistic women are often masked by well developed camouflaging skills. In this video we’ll be looking at how common autistic behaviour in women corresponds to the DSM-5 autism diagnosis criteria.

An Introduction to Self-Advocacy & Self-determination Skills. What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

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by Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc. Neurodivergent people often experience challenges in exercising skills associated with self-determination and self-advocacy. Being pinnacle life skills that drive their success in education, employment, independence and within society, with the right supports, tools and strategies, they can develop high levels of self-determination, providing a firm sense of self-confidence. When neurodivergent …

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Reducing Workplace Stress: Working Together on Self-Care by Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc.

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How often do we hear ourselves saying “I just need to finish this job and then I can take a break”, or “If I can get this project finished, I can then take a couple of days off”? When we tell ourselves this over and over again, without taking action to ‘look after ourselves’, the …

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Autism, Neurodiversity and Employment: Working Together for Positive Futures by Barb Cook, M.Aut.

Autistic people are confronted with an array of barriers in many situations throughout their life. These situations centralise around what general society expects of all people, a one size fits all model, without the distinct consideration of disability, difference and inclusion. With the added individual challenges of effective communication skills, lack of self-advocacy and self-determination …

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