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All about Instinct Au

Instinct Au's team of Practitioners use brain-based and sensory-based strategies and interventions which help participants listen to their bodies and promote their authentic selves and identity. We do not use coercion, compliance, de-sensitisation, extinction, reward-based strategies and we don't use any applied behaviour analysis in any way. Instinct Au is an Autistic led company, with neurodivergent clinicians who prioritise Actually Autistic voices.

Instinct Au Practitioners are led by the work of professionals such as:

  • Dr Ross Greene (Collaborative and Pro-Active Solutions and his world renown book “The Explosive Child”).


  • Mona Delahooke PhD (her world renown book “Beyond Behaviours”). We use a lot of work promoted by Mona, especially that related to bottom up or top down approaches and incorporating understanding from polyvagal theory into therapeutic practice and counselling.


  • Dr Daniel Siegal and Tina Bryson PhD (their world renown neuroscience work in “Whole-Brain Child”). We use a lot of the work from Dr Siegal’s work regarding interpersonal neurobiology and brain-based integration.


  • Greg Santucci (prominent Occupational Therapist, working on sensory integration). Our Developmental Educator’s personal and professional interest is sensory integration. Many of our team have undertaken extensive additional training regarding sensory integration and understanding some of the less understood senses such as proprioceptive, vestibular and interoceptive sensory input and its impact on the person and how they engage and interact with the world.


  • Kelly Mahler PhD (well known for her ground-breaking work in the field of Interoception). Relevantly trained members of our team use Kelly’s Interoceptive Awareness Assessment Tool to assess the integration of interoceptive sensory awareness as an important component of the whole child/adult’s sensory profile.


  • Dr Stephen Porges and the Polyvagal Theory & Application. We incorporate much of the learning from understanding the polyvagal theory in our response to anxiety, trauma, depression and faulty neuroception.


Many of our Educators are currently completing the lengthy certification process to be acknowledged as Certified CPS Practitioner (Dr Ross Greene / Lives in the Balance) and have completed extensive training in this field and in the field of interpersonal neurobiology.


Instinct Au respects and is guided by Actually Autistic and Neurodivergent voices.

Instinct Au’s team of clinicians like to work with individual’s and their families by incorporating information regarding matters often neglected by other professionals, such as:

  • Pathological demand avoidance (PDA).

  • Attention Deficit Based Disorder (ADHD).

  • Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (which often accompanies ADHD).

  • Sensory-based dysregulation and balancing sensory input. We can also do full sensory profiles.

  • Faulty neuroception and the way trauma changes the way the brain processes information.

  • Brain-based integration and accessing upper brain, supporting neuroception and regulating brain integration.

  • Interoceptive awareness and interoceptive assessments.


Instinct Au has a particular interest in working with schools, children and families who are struggling with the impact of AuDHD and ADHD, on the schooling experience.

Services that Instinct Au provide the community include:

  • Reports to the NDIS regarding individual needs of participants, holistic reports regarding all aspects of life and potential needs regarding service provision.

  • Functional Capacity Assessments completed by our Developmental Educator.

  • Coaching to participants to respond to their individualised need to manage their own executive dysfunction and/or work out methods of managing and responding to their sensory and social environment or the way their brain perceives the world and their own neuroception.

  • Counselling to participants regarding history and/or current presentation of trauma and working on the impact of faulty neuroception (when the brain perceives danger where there is no danger) as a result of previous or current situations of trauma.

  • Counselling to participants, schools, parents, community groups, support workers, service providers, aged care facilities, early childhood education and care facilities regarding any of the areas of our specialisation.

  • Working with Schools, Guidance Counsellors, Teachers, Boards and Teaching Assistants regarding how to embed brain-based and sensory-based integration in the school and education system.

  • Identification, reports and/or Coaching regarding Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD’s) such as Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia. This work can include identifying key signs of DCD’s and providing reports for further assessment by Paediatricians or other professionals.

  • Development, and Implementation of Lifestyle Education Plans (LEP’s). These are tools which support the person to access functional literacy and numeracy as embedded into their regular (out of school) lifestyle. This is done for the purpose of helping them create more positive neural connections to learning and helping them access learning in non-school environments.

  • Presentations and Keynote Speaking. Our Educators are most happy to provide information sessions, presentations and keynote presentations at conferences, events or professional development for relevant professionals or members of the public.

  • Sensory Assessments, development of sensory profiles and education and coaching regarding sensory awareness, acceptance, strategies and access. This can also include comprehensive plans which explain the way the environment affects the person from a sensory perspective and how to help the person, and those around them, manage the sensory impact of the world


Instinct Au have Educators, Counsellors and Coaches from the Gold Coast, throughout Brisbane and up to the Sunshine Coast. We also have Therapy Assistants, who support our Developmental Educator to implement relevant support while they work through the mentorship program to become Educators, Coaches and Counsellors themselves. 

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