Friend or Foe?

Helping autistic girls navigate friendships.

Please join us for our highly anticipated panel discussion all about supporting autistic girls. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from our panellists who will share their expertise, stories and strategies for navigating friendships in the tween/teen years. We invite you to participate in this dynamic exchange of ideas, as we enjoy lunch, and learn from each other.

Cost: $59 includes a light lunch

Time: 11am to 2.30am

Where: William Angliss Restaurant, 550 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC

Special Guests

Melissa Juzva BA(Hons), M Psych (child & Educational), MAPS, FCEDP

Melissa Juzva is an Educational & Developmental Psychologist and well known and loved in the Yellow Ladybugs community. For the last 25 years Melissa has been assessing, diagnosing and helping navigate friendships and social skills in young people with Autism. She works closely with families and schools to support young people in the classroom and beyond. In 2015 she was the first Australian psychologist to attend UCLS and be trained in the highly regarded evidenced based PEERS social skills intervention program for adolescents. She has a special interest in working with girls who may otherwise go undetected or misdiagnosed.

Gloria Staios B. App Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP

With more than 30 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, Gloria is co-owner of Spectrum Speech, a clinic which focusses on and conducts social skills programs for autistic girls. Gloria completed the Advanced Intensive Social Thinking clinical Training Program in USA in 2012. Together with her team at Spectrum Speech Pathology, they offer many small girls groups in term time and holiday programs incorporating the Social Thinking methodology. Gloria supports schools in understanding the strengths of autistic girls and taps into their special interest to motivate and engage them.

Hannah Arbuthnott

Hannah is proudly autistic and will share with you about growing up including navigating friendships, struggles, strategies plus challenge preconceived ideas around friendships and relationships. Hannah is a comedian and budding film maker, helping Yellow Ladybugs recently record their “This is Me” music video.

Katie Koullas (Event MC)

Booking Close: Tickets are strictly limited to 115 places. Book early to avoid disappointment! Go to for more information.



16 Oct 2018


11:00 am - 2:30 pm



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Wiliam Angliss Restaurant


Wiliam Angliss Restaurant
550 LIttle Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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