Our vision is based on the assumption that neurodiversity (Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism) is a recognised and valued difference that our world needs. Understanding the strengths and challenges of each individual, allows us in working towards empowering each individual in attaining and living the life they aspire to.
Jay Hobbs – Director
Jay Hobbs is a psychologist and co-creator of Thriving Now based in Brisbane, Australia. Jay has worked with neurodiverse individuals (Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism) and their families for over fifteen years in both Australia and the UK. Jay worked as an Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne, has a Master of Professional Psychology and currently works with Dr. Michelle Garnett and Prof. Tony Attwood. Jay has worked on large employment programs with corporate clients such as HP, SAP and SunPork Farms. Jay is passionate about working with people on the spectrum particularly in the areas of psychology, education and employment.
Tony Attwood – Director
Tony is a clinical psychologist and co-creator of Thriving at Work. He acquired his original qualifications in England, and achieved a PhD from the University of London. He has specialised in autism spectrum conditions, especially Asperger’s syndrome. Tony is an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals has become one of the primary texts on Asperger’s Syndrome and has been translated into twenty languages.
His current clinical interests are developing diagnostic procedures and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for emotion management for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Michelle Garnett – Director
Michelle is a clinical psychologist and co-creator of Thriving at Work. Michelle thoroughly enjoys working in this area as a diagnostician, therapist, consultant, mentor, clinical supervisor, workshop presenter, student and researcher. She has specialized in autism spectrum conditions (ASC) for the past 17 years, developing expertise in all subtypes of autism across all ages. Michelle created the first screening instrument for Asperger’s Syndrome, the Australian Scale for Asperger’s Syndrome (ASAS) in 1993. She obtained a PhD for her research into ASC, diagnosis and families in 2007 from the University of Queensland, Australia. She provides training in ASC for postgraduate clinical students for four Australian Universities. Michelle has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and workshop events, including New Zealand, England, Wales, Norway, Portugal, and Slovenia.