10 September 2019
Strive For Autism
Tim Sharp is a young man on the spectrum
who is an artist, animator
and the creator
Beak Man. He and his mother, Judy Sharp - a passionate speaker
and strong Autism advocates - travel the world sharing
their story and the pathways
that led to him finding
his passion and how they
continue to raise Autism awareness and share his talent with the world.
Dr Lee Sturgeon (D.Psyc(Clinical), MAP.S., M.C.C.Ps) specialises in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism disorders (ASD) and development disorders for over 25 years.
With Tim & Judy Sharp's personal perspectives and firsthand experience coping with Autism, and our proud Ambassador for Strive for Autism Dr Lee Sturgeon's wealth of experience gained over years of operating a professional practice, the AUTISM- EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITIES seminar will provide you with a unique insight into the world of Autism and is tailored for GP's, Specialist, Nurses, Principals, Teachers, SLCO, Parents, Carers & Community Members alike.
With entertainment provided by Sophie Kerslake.
AUTISM - EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITIES will contribute 2 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Autralian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Tim and Judy Sharp
The internationally recognised artist and animator; Tim Sharp, and his mother: Judy Sharp, join us to share their inspiring family story, encapsulating Judy’s incredible experiences escaping from a domestic abuse situation to go on to raise her two wonderful sons; Tim and Sam, and Tim’s journey on the spectrum and his many achievements to date.
As a young boy, Tim was unable to communicate and seemed isolated in his own world. Judy, wanting the best for her son, expresses their struggle and her desire to connect. Depicting how their lives changed for the better, the day Tim picked up a pencil and began to draw.
Through Judy’s immense love and dedication – “where there is a will, there IS a way” we see the amazing outcomes of focussing on Tim’s abilities opposed to disabilities. Judy shares how they discovered Tim’s love of drawing and incredible talents as an Artist, with his superhero creation Laser Beak Man; a cartoon character from his imagination.
Tim began to share his creation and artworks with the world in 1991. His work was recognised with a nomination for Young Australian of the Year in 2005, and in 2010 Laser Beak Man was made into an animated series which has been seen in Australia and overseas, with many of Tim’s artworks selling worldwide.
Well known for their work in helping to advance people’s understanding of the lives of those on the Spectrum, and having spoken at numerous conferences including twice at the Sydney Opera House. Tim and Judy’s talk will provide real life examples of the difficulties faced by those on the Autism Spectrum and the importance of using individual strengths, tailored strategies to achieve life goals and exploring the possibilities.
Dr Lee Sturgeon
Dr Lee Sturgeon is a Consultant Senior Clinical and Developmental Psychologist. He has specialised in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders for over 25 years. He has reviewed approximately 2300 clients and their families over this time.
Lee has completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has a private practice for 15 years with a focus on ASD and developmental disorders in children and adolescents. Prior to this he worked for Hunter New England Health Service in a similar capacity.
Lee is a proud Ambassador for Strive for Autism and lectures widely across Australia and conducts regular educational seminars specialising in the provision of practical behavioural interventions. His extensive experience in working with individuals on the Spectrum has led him to develop some keen insights into the challenges these individuals may face in navigating and interacting with the world. Lee’s presentation will focus on understanding what Autism is and identifying the main issues associated with it. He will also capitalise on the strengths that are often found associated with Autism.
For further information contact MAxine Baird - President on 0419 913 033