Understanding Autism



“It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences”

– Harry S Truman


The Understanding Autism workshop led by renowned presenter and author Malcolm Mayfield will give you a fresh perspective on what it means to be autistic.


It is understanding that bridges the communication gap between the autistic and neurotypical worlds and it is only through understanding that we can achieve true and harmonious integration.



This four hour workshop addresses:

  • What is ‘understanding’?
  • What is the autism spectrum?
  • Sensory Sensitivities
  • Meltdown behaviour
  • The Hidden Curriculum
  • Literal Interpretation
  • Changes and change management
  • Autistic Thinking Categories (Temple Grandin)
  • Theory of Mind (What is it really?)
  • The barriers to success
  • The values of autism
Click the link below to listen to an interview about the workshopPheonix FM BendigoSat 19 July 2014

Upcoming Understanding Autism workshops

(Click on the hyperlinks below for a pdf flyer of the workshop or to make a booking for your region):

Please contact  Autism STAR if you have any queries about the following events.




29 June 2017

9:30am to 2:30pm







The Understanding Autism workshop is suitable for all, from people with extensive experience and knowledge of the autism spectrum to individuals that are searching for any understanding of autism. Parents, family, carers, support worker, teachers, educators, employers, employees, agencies, government organisations, etc. can all benefit from Understanding Autism.

Even individuals on the autism spectrum can discover new perspectives about themselves and others through this workshop.

To organise for Autism STAR Pty Ltd to deliver the Understanding Autism workshop to your organisation, please book us through the form on the Contact page.




The following table indicates the spread of approval ratings from previous Understanding Autism workshops.


  Ranking Rating
  1: Poor 0%
  2: Average 1.5%
  3: Good 6.5%
  4: Excellent 45%
  5: Awesome! 48%



The following is an example of feedback received from previous workshops:

    •  Malcolm’s explanations of Autistic thinking patterns and theory of mind are extremely helpful and concepts I will definitely consider more when interacting with autistic individuals


    •  Mapping Great – as presented by someone who has walked the walk.  Insightful, practical, concise, spontaneous examples were powerful


    •  Meltdowns-the insight to positively influencing these was helpful- as was the best way to help manage a meltdown


    •  An outstanding presentation – clarity, structure and humour


    •  Very informative. Great examples to demonstrate ideas. A lot of this information is transferable to working with other people eg. People with anxiety disorders/PTSD


    •  I really enjoyed the presentation-working with students, at university it’s harder to find relevant training -this is exactly what I needed thanks for the insight!


    •  The whole presentation was extremely helpful, particularly break down of hyper and hypo, unpacking and suggested strategy of how to map an individual for each of the senses


    •  Very powerful, insightful and high quality information and the way in which it was delivered using the different mediums. Fabulous.


    •  Condensed 20 years of teaching and information into 4 hours – brilliant summary


    •  Clear, well presented from beginning to end – not a minute wasted and packed with relevant information.