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Dr. Emma Goodall 
Autistic Author, International Speaker, Mother, Researcher and Disability and Education Consultant
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Dr. Emma Goodall

Autistic Author, International Speaker, International Speaker,  Mother, Researcher, Disability and Education Consultant. 

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​In Dr. Goodall's presentation, you will learn how to use a planning tool to get to know and understand autistic students in order to plan to meet their needs through strengths based inclusive environments.


You’ll leave this session with an understanding of the importance of teaching autistic students using their strengths and interests.


In addition, you will explore the well-being rationale for making school classrooms and break areas inclusive for all students and how this can be practically applied in your school.

In this session with Dr. Goodall you will learn: 

  • How inclusive environments in education support autistic students to live well by minimizing anxiety, stress and distress.

  • How inclusive environments in education structure predictability and also utilize effective communication for ALL students.

  • How teaching students using their strengths and interests maximizes their wellbeing.

  • How to do the above well, educators need to get to know their students and plan accordingly and how the planning tool supports this process.

  • Why the disengagement of autistic students in your school happens

  • How to make break areas inclusive, which decreases stress and distress for autistic students and decreases the probability of externalizing behaviours during breaks.

  • How when you don’t understand your autistic students’ strengths and supports needs as they present in school, it is very hard to make effective accommodations and adjustments. The planning tool proforma addresses this issue.

  • How autistic students struggle to learn when they are not interested, which can create classroom management difficulties in your school.

  • How autistic students who are not in inclusive environments that meet their needs can become withdrawn or disengaged.

  • How to use planning tool to record observed presentations of autism, strengths and support needs in an education context.

  • How to work out what strategies to choose to support students’ inclusion into school.

  • How disengagement is influenced by the environment and what sorts of environmental modifications can be easily achieved. 

  • How to drive engagement through interest-based learning and an inclusive environment.

  • How communication is a fundamental part of an inclusive environment.

This session would be of particular interest to professionals and educators working with autistic children, teenagers and adults. 





Dr Emma Goodall is an autistic author, keynote speaker, researcher and disability and education consultant.


She works both publicly and privately to facilitate the best life outcomes possible for people, including autistics with a range of support needs.


She has written and presented on education, autism, resilience, mental health, interoception, relationships and sexuality for autistics.

She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Wollongong and a member of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) Executive Committee, on the access committee for the Autism CRC Biobank and an MSc student at University of Southern Queensland.

Emma  developed an online module on interoception for Torrens University and has collaborated with the Australian Psychological Society to develop an autism specific course for psychologists.


Widely published, Emma writes for both academic journals and for mainstream publishers in the areas of autism, disability, education and disability.


She also supports organisations to develop and implement plans to support adult autistics in residential settings and provides life coaching and interoception coaching for autistic adults, children and young people, schools, preschools and other organisations, through her Healthy Possibilities Consultancy.

Dr. Goodall has authored and co-authored the following books: 


  • Bennett, M., & Goodall, E. (2021) Sexual Behaviours and Relationships of Autistics: A Scoping Review. Springer.

  • Goodall, E., & Purkis, Y. (2020) Women on the Spectrum. Milwaukee, AAPC Publishing 

  • Goodall, E. (2019) Understanding and Facilitating the Achievement of Autistic Potential, Adelaide, Healthy Possibilities. 

  • Bennett, M., Webster, A. A., Goodall, E., & Rowland, S. (2019). Life on the Autism Spectrum: Translating Myths and Misconceptions Into Positive Futures. Springer. 

  • Purkis, J., & Goodall, E. (2018). The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Preteens and Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

  • Purkis, J., & Goodall, E. (2017) The Practical Guide to Resilience for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum (ages 2-10), London, Jessica Kingsley Publishing 

  • Purkis, J., Goodall, E., & Nugent, J., (2016) The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishing 

  • Goodall, E. (2016) The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships: Understand Yourself and Make Choices that are Right for You, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishing 

  • Aspy, R., Grossman, B.G. and Goodall, E. (2016) Adult Self-Report UCC (UCC-SR-Adult), Milwaukee, AAPC Publishing 

  • Aspy, R., Grossman, B.G. and Goodall, E. (2016) Adolescent Self-Report UCC (UCC-SR-Adolescent), Milwaukee, AAPC Publishing 


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