Thriving At Work Program

A work readiness program for adults on the Autism Spectrum

Specialisterne have teamed up with Minds & Hearts to offer a new program designed to empower adults on the autism spectrum to thrive at work. Created for Specialisterne by autism experts Dr. Michelle Garnett and Prof. Tony Attwood the program is the first of its kind in the world.

During this program, each participant will use individual workbooks during the sessions, to read the important information and complete the exercises with help from the group facilitator. In the last session participants will complete a personal workbook which can be a useful tool for communicating to their manager strengths, challenges and useful strategies to meet the challenges. Some information from this plan could also be communicated to a partner or family member.

Our Assessment & Support Manager, Jay Hobbs has been trained by Tony & Michelle to facilitate this program  and will run a number of Thriving At Work programs for Specialisterne in Australia this year.


Program Description

Employment can make a big difference to a person’s self esteem including a sense of purpose and self worth, practical application of one’s interests and/or strengths, opportunities for acquiring new skills and the incorporation of structure and routine into daily life. This group provides strategies and ideas to assist with the common problems that can become barriers for people with Asperger’s syndrome in the work setting. By the end of the program, participants will have a comprehensive workbook of strategies specifically designed for their own profile of strengths and challenges. These strategies can then be used to achieve greater success in the workplace.
Topics covered during this program include;
  1. Social Tools
  2. Physical and Relaxation Tools
  3. Thinking Tools
  4. Emotion and Stress Management
  5. Creation of Plan to Thrive

Thriving at Work, Brisbane 8 – 12 May 2017



Mr Jay Hobbs will facilitate the program with a group of 4 – 6 adults on the autism spectrum. Jay is the Assessment & Support Manager at Specialisterne with many years experience working with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Jay is a provisionally registered Psychologist who works under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Garnett and Prof. Tony Attwood. Above all Jay is passionate about implementing positive initiatives that make a real difference for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Dr. Rebecca Flower is the Innovation Manager at Specialisterne and will also assist in running this program. Bec became passionate about working with adults on the autism spectrum while working with teens and adults during her PhD and through her work as a social skills facilitator. Bec has a passion for applying research to real life settings, and raising awareness among employers and the wider community of the strengths of individuals with autism as employees.


Minds & Hearts Clinic,  88 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane, QLD


8th –12th May, 2017 from 12:30 pm –3:30pm each day  (Monday to Friday) Five sessions each of 3  hours duration with a fifteen min break during each session.


5 group sessions @ $80 each ($400 total). Payment for the sessions is made in 2 installments of $200. (i.e. $200 with registration and $200 prior to Session 2).

Please note: The cost for this program will be discounted for adults on the autism spectrum that are currently not working. Please mention this during registration if it applies to you.


To register your interest, please contact Mr Jay Hobbs at Jay will then contact you to determine your suitability for the program and discuss the details with you. The cut off for registration is Wednesday the 3rd of May 2017.

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