Understanding autism workshop

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Michael Hempseed

Michael Hempseed

Michael Hempseed is the author of Being A True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community. The book is being used by the New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, GPs, Counsellors as well as many parents and teachers.

He has trained everyone from army medics to zoo keepers. Michael gained an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008. In 2016 he spoke at TEDx.

Understanding autism workshop

Presenter: Michael Hempseed

Availability: Please register your interest during the registration process

Friday 19 August | 11:30 - 12:30pm
Saturday 20 August | 9:15 - 10:15am

What is involved?

More and more New Zealanders are being diagnosed with Autism. Almost everyone with autism has sensory issues where they find loud sounds and bright lights a significant challenge. In this evidence based talk you will learn about some of the key bahaviours and challenges associated with autism.


  • We will look how ways that people who have autism may struggle with getting dental treatment and a number of strategies to overcome this.