Homebase Hope is a place to foster hope, create a driving vision for healthier habits at home, and above all to enable mothers to feel empowered, not passive in the intervention process. It is a place to encourage and motivate mothers to strive towards their own health and fitness goals to better equip you to face life’s daily challenges.
Here you can find a series of videos to help you create your own home base. For more information on each topic, follow the links.
Getting a diagnosis of autism
What do you do when you first get a diagnosis of autism for you child? Where do you start? How do you navigate the autism maze? It can seem quite overwhelming at the beginning of your journey, but when you are equipped with the knowledge, tools and support you are able to help your child reach their full potential. Never give up hope, you CAN make a difference.
Stimming - What is it & what can we do?
Stimming, also known as self stimulatory behaviours is very common in children with autism.’Stimming’ stimulates one of the 7 senses; vision, sound, touch, taste, smell, proprioception or vestibular sense. Common stims include hand flapping, toe walking, humming, spinning, body rocking, biting, lining up objects and turning light switches on and off obsessively. Your child may stim to help manage anxiety, anger, fear or excitement. They may stim to block out other sensory input when they are experiencing an overload. I do not discourage self stimming behaviours, however I recommend that the child seeks an appropriate form of sensory input which does not
impact on their ability to successfully participate in day to day life.
The over sensitive child
A child who is over sensitive to sensory information may avoid movement, be a fussy eater, avoid playground activities, avoid touch or dislike certain tactile experiences such as brushing their teeth or hair. They may cover ears when they hear loud unexpected sounds. If this sounds like your child I would recommend that you start documenting your child’s behaviour to try and make sense of what triggers their outbursts. Once you have figured out the trigger you can understand the behaviour and try to reduce or eliminate the trigger and make environmental modifications. The aim is to increase your child’s tolerance to the sensory experience in a controlled and safe manner.
The under sensitive child
Children who are under responsive to sensory information may not notice their name being called. They may be withdrawn and difficult to engage, floppy, uncoordinated or don’t seem to notice pain or touch unless it is very intense.
For the children who under respond to sensory input and seem to watch the world go by, it is important to enhance task features, increase contrast of stimuli and reduce the predictability of routines to enable them to notice more and respond to sensory information.
For the children who seek out sensation it is important to “feed the need”. The goal is to provide the child with the sensory input they are seeking in socially appropriate ways prior to learning, so that they can stay alert, calm and focussed during a task.
Sensory processing is the ability to take in information received from our 7 senses, for our brain to interpret and make meaning of this sensory input and our ability to function effectively in our day to- day life. Many children with autism have difficulty processing sensory information. They may be over sensitive, under sensitive or sensory seekers.
Tantrum vs meltdown
A brief overview of a meltdown vs tantrum and behavior meltdown vs sensory meltdown. ! !
Your important role as a mum gives you the opportunity to be the detective to find out what is triggering the tantrum or meltdown so you can start to implement strategies at Homebase to make life easier for your child……and you!
Why nutrition, nature & nurture matter
I believe nutrition, nature and nurture are key factors in addressing the ‘whole child’ and making a difference from homebase.
What is autism?
It depends on who you ask! Let’s discuss the medical view of autism and how Homebase Hope views autism.
Epigenetics - you can make a difference!
Autism is highly genetically influenced, but this does not mean the environment does not play a massive role in how genes are expressed. Lifestyle and environmental pressures determine epigenetic traits. This is empowering – because it means you CAN make a difference….and it all starts at home base.
Don't hesitate! Get an assessment
I have been asked by many mums whether or not they should have their child assessed for autism. Some parents feel that something “isn’t quite right” or their child is “different” to other children their age, but hesitate about the assessment process. Getting an assessment by a health professional can serve as such a valuable tool – whether your child gets a diagnosis or not. Early intervention is key.