Lydia Meem

Lydia Meem-sBA (Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS, CClin
Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Autism Understanding Pty Ltd

Lydia specialises in helping families recognise the joys and overcome the challenges of autism by tailoring behavioural strategies to suit the needs of awesome quirky children and adolescents at home and at school.  She conducts autism, developmental, cognitive, attention, adaptive, and reading assessments, and isn't afraid to assess kids without "test-taking skills".  She provides counselling and strategies for adolescents, adults and couples on the autism spectrum.  Lydia provides autism training for parents, teachers and allied health professionals and can consult with organisations.  She also provides training for psychologists on behaviours to look for and write about in assessments, including signs of autism.

Lydia has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a mainstream independent school for students from Preschool to Year 12. Lydia previously worked as a Family Counsellor at ASPECT’s Hunter School for Children with Autism, providing diagnostic assessments, outreach to schools and facilitating autism training. Lydia has also worked within two Psychology Teams focussed on preventing and managing challenging behaviours in children, adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities living in the community and in a large residential centre.  Through Autism Understanding, Lydia started running autism workshops for teachers in 2009, and opened her clinical psychology practice in 2012.  

Lydia is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists and the Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services. 


Conference Presentations

2016 Autism In Education Conference, Melbourne - Positive conversations for explaining to a child or adolescent that they have autism (pdf of powerpoint presentation, 4.1Mb)

2015 Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Brisbane - Cognitive and developmental assessments as an opportunity to screen for children and adolescents who require an autism assessment: Patterns of behaviours identified by Australian psychologists via an online case review questionnaire (Presentation on Youtube and tool for psychologists: Cognitive Assessment Observation Checklist)

2013 Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Adelaide - Development and Uses of the ASD Student Profile (links to video of presentation on Youtube Part 1 and Part 2)

2009 Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Sydney - Understanding Cognitive and Developmental Assessments (pdf of powerpoint presentation, 6.6Mb), Understanding Scientific Research Methods: How to recognise quality research (and choose autism interventions based on evidence, pdf of Poster, 487Kb)



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