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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Research Looking at Strengths.

Most autism related research focusses understandably on the disabling aspects of the condition, however this recent, albeit small, study focusses on strengths. I certainly observe these characteristics in the spectrum kids I know.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mind Map.

If your teacher and child's aides are open to ideas on how best to support your child, and let's face it, they absolutely should be, this mind map provides a really useful list of strategies to keep in mind. Although it was designed with PDA (Pathalogical Demand Avoidance - see previous post) in mind, it does apply to all children on the spectrum.

Feel free to print and share with your schools.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Do You Know What PDA is?

This particular aspect of the autism spectrum is not widely acknowledged beyond the UK, yet as a parent who lives with a kid who fits the description perfectly, I'd like to see wider acknowledgement. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Autism Specific School for Perth?

I live in a large and prosperous state, yet we do not have a school dedicated to teaching kids on the autism spectrum. I know some awesome parents who are rallying to change that. If you want to show them some support you can join the FB page to stay up to date,

Sunday, May 29, 2016

An About Time, but Brave Post, from an Autistic Person

For those new to the online autism community the following article will seem perfectly logical, reasonable, compassionate and without controversy. Those of us who've been rattling around the autism interwebs for some time now however, will read it and cringe. Not because we disagree, because we know how this scene plays out.

Author writes well considered piece that suggests autism is not all beer and skittles. A select group of self advocates (concentrated particularly in the US) get wind of it, share it around, then the angry hoards descend, contradicting, belittling, outright attacking author and leaving them to wonder if it would be best they slide back into obscurity.  Wash and repeat.

I left a comment in support for this author as I know she's both right and is going to cop a load of shit in the coming days. Why not pop over and show her some support?