Dr Wenn Lawson
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.
Psychologist, lecturer and author, Dr Wenn Lawson has run his own business for 22 years. At two years old, he was misdiagnosed as intellectually disabled, at school of being incapable of doing as he was told. At 17 years old, he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, and spent time in and out of mental health institutions. Eventually, at the age of 42, he was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and learning difficulties.
Dr Wenn is passionate about the rights of those who so often cannot speak for themselves. He is the parent of four children (youngest son is autistic), and a grand-parent to three (including two gorgeous little girls, both on the autism spectrum).
Dr Wenn is currently a Teaching Fellow at Birmingham University's online Master's degree in autism. He serves on the Autism Open Access board, the board for SEAL (a community college in Warrnambool, Australia) and the ICAN board in south-west Australia. He is a participant and adviser for Autism CRC, Australia and he has written numerous books (and papers) on autism. Find out more about Wenn.
Kay Al-Ghani is an international author, university lecturer, specialist advisory teacher, inclusion consultant and autism trainer, with over 40 years of experience in education. Kay writes with her son Haitham, who is autistic and is an accomplished illustrator. Together they enjoy a unique creative partnership.
As well as her many books on autism, including the best seller The Red Beast, Kay is the author of therapeutic picture books, which are published in the United States and illustrated by her son.
Kay is a sought-after and charismatic public speaker who has presented workshops on a variety of autism-related topics including challenging behaviour, thinking skills, social and friendship skills and emotional regulation.