Today we are diving into the world of Asperger’s with none other than Professor Tony Attwood. We delve into how our understanding of autism has changed over the years, what autism actually is, how you can celebrate Asperger’s, managing your child’s ‘challenging behaviour’, supporting your child through anxiety and depression ….and SO MUCH MORE! Tony … Read more
Do kids with autism benefit from homework? Is it really doing them any favours? In many cases it just adds to the after-school stress and meltdowns. We think it’s better to ditch the homework and replace it with more time to relax, connect, move and play. When we’re able to deliver this, children begin to thrive.
Music and movement combined has the power to re-map the brain! Autism Movement Therapy® is a program based on interhemispheric sensory integration to help children reach their potential. Music and movement can literally rewire the brain to benefit a child’s communication, cognitive function, behaviour and motor skills.
Essential oils can be used as a therapeutic sensory tool to promote self-regulation. When we breath in an aroma, this sensory information is sent straight to the limbic system of the brain – this is our our emotional switchboard. This may be why smells are so successful at influencing emotions….. and therefore behaviour.
Children with autism often experience very high stress levels which can lead to problem behaviours and a decline in their physical and emotional health. Dr Terry Hamlin discusses a revolutionary empowering approach which can be used on the most complex cases of autism, yet the approach itself is quite simple in nature. It focuses on a lifestyle approach.
We live in a toxic soup of EMF (electromagnetic fields). We’re surround by mobile phones, phone towers, wireless Internet and power lines. It is almost impossible to escape in todays technology driven society. EMF interferes with our very biology and may even contribute to autism. Today I have the pleasure of chatting to Dr. Libby … Read more
Holly Bridges, author of ‘Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism’ and founder of Autism Reframe Technique (A.R.T), shares her new and optimistic approach to working with children on the spectrum. Her method is founded on the advances in neuroscience and our understanding of mind-body connections. A.R.T seeks to change the narrative: from one of ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘how to grow and thrive’. Rather than working from a ‘brain deficit’ model of autism Holly starts from the premise that every student can upgrade their mind/body connection, if they are given the right tools and are treated respectfully, positively, and creatively.
It’s time we talk all about toileting. Poos and wees. Yep. We’re going there! Because the reality is, toileting is often a big deal for kids – particularly kids on the spectrum. Today I chat with the ever so knowledgable Occupational Therapist, Di Collis. We cover the topics of chronic constipation, soiling, poo withholding and … Read more
Richard experienced chronic bullying and completed high school without ever making one friend. This broke his mother’s heart, but served as rocket fuel for her autism mission. Randa developed a program called MATES (Mates Assisting To Engage Socially) to promote a sense of belonging and inclusion in the school community. Randa is a beautiful passion driven mum who is changing the the landscape of how children on the spectrum experience school life.
Gut health and autism – how do they relate? Autism is a brain condition, right? If you are curious about how the health of your child’s gut can impact the core characteristics of autism – then you have to tune in to today’s informative and empowering chat with the wonderful Kirsty Wirth. Kirsty is the … Read more
Kari Dunn Buron, the inventor of the Incredible 5-Point Scale tells us how to use this practical scale to teach self-regulation skills and reduce challenging behaviours in children with autism. Kari explains how this tool can be used for children on the spectrum – with or without language, as well as adults. Listen in to hear how you can implement this simple incredible scale in your everyday life to reduce stress and improve quality of life for your child and your family.
Dear Fellow Mum on the Autism Journey… life is definitely not all easy though. I miss being able going to the park while the kids play and enjoy a coffee. He is a runner and my eyes at all times while we are out and about must be on him. I miss that at the age of 4.5 yrs he has still not called me Mum. I miss being able to go out for dinner and not be on edge the whole time, sitting still is not his strong point.
Dear Fellow Mum on the Autism Journey, ……. When Clay was born, right from the get go he had issues we now know are part of him being autistic. He couldn’t latch on while breastfeeding. He was the quietest, happiest baby though. At six months he struggled to transition to solids. We had to attend a feeding clinic for me to learn how to introduce solids to him.
Today I chat to the ladies from My Diffability Australia who discuss a range of resources which may support children with; anxiety, difficulties with self-regulation, speech or language delay, sensory challenges and those who do not cope well with transitions. They also share their most popular items to help children on the autism spectrum! If you are uncertain on which products may best help your child, tune in! This podcast is sure to point you in the right direction.
In this week’s podcast, I chat to Darrielle Maree – a special needs mother and the founder of “Mums Reborn”. Darrielle shares her personal story of sadness, exhaustion and burnout following her daughter’s diagnosis. She recognised that this was not serving herself or her family well. Darrielle made a conscious decision to find a happier … Read more
When did it become okay to spray the food we eat with toxins? When did it become okay to use so many poisonous chemicals around the home? When did it become okay to pollute the air with synthetic substances detrimental to human health? Most new-to-nature chemicals have not been through rigorous testing.
Autism is behaviourally defined, which means that there is no biological testing, no blood test, no DNA test or brain scan that can be done to diagnose the condition. There are currently no identified biological markers. A diagnosis is based heavily on anecdotal reports from family, therapists and teachers.