About our presentations
Barb Cook, Developmental Educator, Integrative Nutritionist and Adult ADHD coach provides presentations on a variety of topics. With Barb’s unique perspective as an autistic individual with ADHD and dyslexia, plus supported by her clinical, academic and research knowledge, Barb will have you engaged and informed.
These presentations guarantee to have you taking a different look at how individuals perceive the world, how we can better accommodate and support them in reaching their full potential. Plus how to be fully inclusive, giving these individuals a true sense of self-advocacy, self-esteem and self-confidence in how to attain their visions for the future.
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Support Worker Autism TrainingCourse
This course provides a better understanding of autism, how autistic people think and perceive the world around them and to provide support workers with added confidence and knowledge in knowing how to best support an autistic person.
Autistic Women Exploring Later Life Diagnosis, Supports & BeyondCourse
This course will cover preparing for a diagnosis, how our experiences as autistic women change as we age in relation to sensory issues, peri/menopause, executive functioning, burnout, reduced capacity for work and planning for care as we age.
Mastering Self Advocacy and Self DeterminationCourse
This presentation will explore the barriers experienced by autistic people and will provide practical tools, tips and strategies for teachers, employers, allied health professionals, neurodivergent people, their parents, support workers and carers.
Being the Executive of FunctioningCourse
People who experience executive dysfunction often have trouble with attention, working memory, mental processing, and verbal fluency. These are all called executive-function abilities that are important at school, uni, the workplace and home life.
Sensory Management: Identifying Stressors in the WorkplaceCourse
This presentation will explore the potential causes and sources of sensory assault in the workplace, how to make workplace modifications and what supports can assist the individual in reducing their sensory overwhelm.
Nutrition and NeurodivergenceCourse
This course covers many aspects of food and nutrition and how it can impact or improve our mental well-being, make us feel sluggish or energetic, and to sift through the enormous amount of literature on what is good or not so good for us to eat.
Self Care: Putting You FirstCourse
This course will explore good self-care and wellbeing strategies for autistic/ADHD/neurodivergent people and how to implement into daily life. Suitable for teens, adults, parents, teachers, employers, health professionals and support workers.
About the Presenter
Barb Cook, M.Aut.(Ed), Dip.HSc.(Nut)
Developmental Educator, Integrative Nutritionist & Adult ADHD Coach
Barb Cook is a highly committed autistic advocate, writer, editor, and highly sought-after international speaker. She has made appearances on Australian radio and television, in newspapers and magazines, and in the SBS television documentary The Chameleons: Women with Autism.
Barb is a registered Developmental Educator, Adult ADHD Coach and Integrative Nutritionist, who is dedicated to improving the overall well-being and quality of life for neurodivergent people. Barb identifies a neurodivergent after being diagnosed mid-life (40) and after significant burnout in 2009 with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.
Barb is internationally recognised for her bestselling book on autism in women, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism with Dr Michelle Garnett, filling the gap in literature between lived experience of autistic women and the clinical knowledge. Barb’s recently released and second best-selling book co-authored with Yenn Purkis, The Autism and Neurodiversity Self-Advocacy Handbook: Developing Skills to Determine Your Own Future, is an essential guidebook that gives you the tools and strategies to advocate for yourself in any situation, developing your skills in standing up for yourself, your needs and wishes.
Barb is founder of Spectrum Women Magazine and is a prolific writer on autism, ADHD and neurodivergence.
Barb is founder of the Neurodiversity Hub in Gympie Queensland, a space providing allied health services for neurodivergent people, including one-on-one support, therapeutic groups, workshops and presentations and an informal space to meet.
Barb is a highly sought-after international speaker and presents on a variety of topics related to women, autism, ADHD and Neurodiversity. Barb spoke at the World Autism Organisation Congress 2018 in Houston Texas and 2019, and was invited by the United States government to keynote a special event “A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs” for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) in Washington DC, USA.
Barb is a passionate motorcyclist, and enjoys riding the love of her life, Ron Strom Burgundy, a Suzuki VStrom DL1000, who assists her with good self-care and an effective anxiety reducing and depression busting practice.
Visit www.neurodiversityhub.com/barb-cook/ and www.barbcook.com.au to learn more about Barb Cook.