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Car Seat Safety: Do Not Restrain Your Child’s Head

CAR SEAT SAFETY

A photo popped up on my news feed that made my heart skip a beat recently. It was a friend’s son in his booster with a sweatshirt’s sleeves tied in front of his head to keep it from flopping forward as he slept. What was scarier to me was the number of people who unknowingly endorsed what was an incredibly dangerous idea. Lots of “Yeah great idea”, “Good job mate” etc.

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Self Care While Caring for a Child on the Spectrum

SELF CARE

April is Autism Awareness Month and we continue with our series. This week we are focusing on self care…

What is sanity when you have a child on the spectrum?

I ask because these special children can be very difficult to manage, especially if/when you haven’t yet been able to translate their individual language and implement effective strategies. You live your life on high alert as you work hard to meet their needs and cope with frequent meltdowns. By necessity, your definition of sanity needs to be an ever-changing, flexible thing that moves according to what is happening on any given day. On some days, you can feel like you’ll explode if it continues for a second longer, and on other days it’s positively blissful by comparison, even when everything seems to be going wrong!

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Surviving School with a Child on the Spectrum

 STARTING school on the spectrum

April is Autism Awareness Month and we continue with our series. This week we are focusing on schooling…

If you’re a parent in a developed country it’s almost certain you’ll be required to put your child/ren through school, in whatever form that takes. For most of us that can be a challenge at the best of times. When you have a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be a nightmare. The kids are (mostly) expected to follow rules and instructions, listen quietly, contain themselves physically by sitting still, complete work tasks from a prescribed curriculum, play in identified parts of the playground, and generally remain inside strict boundaries. Classrooms can get noisy and chaotic, with a lot of movement, bright lights, (often) nasty uniforms and other restrictions.

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You’ve got an ASD diagnosis – what now?

YOU HAVE AN ASD DIAGNOSIS

April is Autism Awareness Month and we are running a series on managing autism. This week it’s what to do after an ASD diagnosis…

Last week we talked about some of the things to think about when looking at getting an assessment and diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder for your child. This week we are taking the next step and looking at what happens now that you have the ASD diagnosis. What do you need to be aware of and how can you meet your child’s many needs? Hopefully this information will help you to get your child into the therapies he or she needs, manage meltdowns and support them to manage their own behaviour and emotions.

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Does my child have Autism? How do I find out?

does my child have autism?

April is Autism Awareness Month. An entire month devoted to raising awareness and understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s). According to the Autism Spectrum Australia website, “Autism is a lifelong development condition characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory sensitivities”.

My aim with this article is to provide you with a brief outline of how you can go about obtaining an assessment for your child, to either confirm or eliminate an ASD diagnosis. I’ll give you links to several websites for more background reading, as well as some great tips and resources for support through the very daunting and overwhelming assessment process.

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