9:00 AM09:00

Presenting Professor Tony Attwood


We are proud to be bringing the incredible Professor Tony Attwood to the Sunshine Coast!

In this Conference Tony will be discussing the following topics:

MAKING FRIENDS: Strategies to improve social understanding and friendships skills.


and also touching on



$115 Early Bird Tickets (up to 31st March)

$135 General Tickets

Venue: Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra.

Registration starting from 8:30 for a 9am start

About Tony:

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane.  His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 360,000 copies and has been translated into 22 languages.  His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 216,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome.  He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences.  He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.

He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 


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Learn to Ride Program

  • Girraween Sports Complex (map)
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We are excited to bring you our STEPS Autism Treehouse Learn to Bike Ride Program for children with ASD between 5 and 10 years of age.

The 3 one hour sessions (over 3 days) will be tailored to meet the objectives of each child but typically the common goal is to increase the children's motivation to ride their own bikes more frequently with improved skills. This could also include learning to ride a bike for the first time.

With very tailored instruction from an experienced instructor from Bike On, groups will be kept small, so limited spaces are available. 

All equipment will be supplied including Bikes in age appropriate sizes (plus helmets)

Proudly Supported by Unitywater

Location - Noosa Girraween Sports Complex (corner of Eenie Creek Rd and Langura St, Noosa Heads

Time: From 3:30 pm

Cost: $60 ($20/leasson)

(Caloundra location coming soon)

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9:00 AM09:00

Vantage Homes Trek for Autism

Get your walking shoes on and join us as we Trek for Autism. Enjoy the challenge of trekking from Coolum to Mooloolaba surrounded by friends and fellow supporters of STEPS Autism Treehouse in one of our favourite fundraisers of 2018. Help us continue to provide support to Coast families by raising money locally and keeping it local.

Don't miss out, register today!

General Registration - $80

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9:30 AM09:30

March Workshop - Positive Behaviour Support and Management

Presenting Brett Wolens

STEPS Group Manager of Behaviour Support and Complex Client Interventions

During the workshop, we will explore Challenging Behaviour and it's contributing factors.

We will also explore the role of Sensory Processing Disorder. The workshop also provides some practical tips for you to take away.

Venue: Kawana Surf Club function room

Cost: $45 including tea/coffee and a light morning tea.

About Brett:

Brett Wolens has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years, working both within the Government and Non-Government sector. His career began working as a support worker with Individuals with a disability, mental health and ageing. Brett realised early in his career that he had a passion for understanding what drives individual behaviour. It wasn’t long before Brett become the Behaviour Support Officer and then Senior Program Officer within the Department of Communities. Brett then expanded his career and moved to the Non-Government sector in 2013, Managing Disability Support programs before becoming Manager Behaviour Support and Complex Client Interventions, with STEPS Group Australia.

Over the past 30 years, Brett has developed extensive experience in providing positive behavior support to individuals who exhibit Challenging Behavior. He is highly experienced in providing specialised assistance and training to individuals with a disability, their families and staff, where the needs of an individual have been identified as complex and challenging. Brett utilised the most recent evidence based practices and employs both positive behaviour support and simple psycho-educational approach to address challenging behaviour, while maintaining an explicit focus on quality of life. He has a well-respected reputation within the community sector, due to his passion for working with individuals who have complex behavior support needs and his commitment to individualised responses.


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6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Kylie Martin- Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology

  • Sunshine Coast Children's Development Centre (map)
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Kylie is a Speech Pathologist at Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology. Having worked in the area for 15 years, Kylie has abundant experience in communication and social skills development in children with ASD and complex developmental needs. From teaching kids to talk, to using their talking to build friendships all the way to public speaking and beyond, Kylie is passionate about helping children reach for their potential.


In this presentation Kylie will cover the following: 

-fundamentals of communication development

-developing social language skills

-using social stories to support social language development

-top 5 ways to help your child master the art of conversation

Cost: $40 includes a light supper, tea/coffee, water and a selection of soft drink

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10:00 AM10:00

Workshop - Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychologists

We are pleased to welcome Dr Johann Eloff and Dr Lize Andrews!

Dr Johann Eloff and Dr Lize Andrews are both clinical psychologists with extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In their talk they will cover various practical strategies to help families cope with a diagnosis of ASD. They are also excited to share their top tips for ensuring parents maintain a healthy relationship whilst navigating the unique challenges associated with having a child on the spectrum.

Cost: $40/person including a light morning tea

Venue: The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club

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