A Certificate of Completion for 1.5 hours professional development will be available for you to download upon completion of this course.
Self-care is critical in maintaining good mental health and physical wellbeing, but is also one of the hardest things to implement into our daily lives. Neurodivergent people often experience higher rates of anxiety and depression, along with high levels of stress and burnout. By the time they hit their 30s and 40s, many neurodivergent people are exhausted, struggling to stay employed, have broken relationships and friendships, along with the emergence of associated chronic disease and health problems.
Causes of long-term negative health impacts can be from:
• Negative self-talk
• Overthinking & catastrophising
• Working excessively, never saying no
• Working in toxic environments
• Being under or unemployed - financial stress
• Being people pleasers
• Masking - trying to fit in, be the chameleon
• Not being mindful of how their body feels – interoception
• Not seeking medical help, thinking they will be ok
• Poor diet and exercise
• Not taking holidays or downtime
• Not putting themselves first
This course will explore good self-care strategies, how and when to implement them into daily life, how to identify when we are not feeling our best, when to say no and how ask for support.
This course will provide practical tools, tips and strategies for neurodivergent people, parents, teachers, employers, allied health professionals, support workers and carers.
Self Care: Putting You First
Recommended Readings (Books)
About this course
- 1.5 hours of video content
- Certificate of Completion for 1.5 Hours Professional Development
- 30 Days to complete course
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.