Autism What Next – Navigating an Autism Diagnosis NDIS

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Join Barb Cook, Nicole Rogerson and Dr James Best with Hireup for a two part series on Autism and the NDIS. This session is on first time autism diagnosis and where to find the right information. Length 58:07:00   Date 10 November 2021 About this recording: Have you/your child recently received an autism diagnosis and you’re …

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Masking and Camouflaging: The Where, When and Why by Barb Cook Developmental Educator

Adult Autism Assessment

Autistic people often mask and camouflage as they feel uncomfortable about showing their true selves, or, to avoid standing out in the crowd. This occurs due to a lack of understanding and acceptance of difference within society, and the autistic person feeling they must hide who they really are, in fear of being seen as …

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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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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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Workplace Social Skills: Challenging the Narrative for Autistic People by Barb Cook, M.Aut.

Workplace social skills. These words strike fear into the soul of any autistic person. I know this, because I am one of those people. I’ve had a tumultuous employment past, prior to my official diagnosis of Asperger syndrome (autism), ADHD and dyslexia in 2009. I never truly understood the “workplace social skills”, even though I …

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