Autism And The Stress Effect with Dr Terry Hamlin

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.

The Truth About EMF And How You Can Protect Your Kids

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

Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism

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.

Feed The Need: 5 Tips To Help Classroom Fidgeter

Kids are expected to sit for long hours in their school chair and are supposed to “sit still and pay attention”. But this isn’t what their little bodies were designed to do. They were designed to move!

The Out-Of-Sync Child & Sensory Processing Strategies

Sensory processing can be a huge piece of the autism puzzle and when you can understand why certain behaviours may be occurring, instead of reacting to the behaviour you can bring a sense of understanding, offer strategies and learn to appreciate the difference. Carol Stock Kranowitz is the author of the best selling book, The … Read more

Let’s Talk Toileting

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

From Autism Awareness To Autism Inclusion

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 & Autism: Restoring A Healthy Gut

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

Social Behaviour and The Incredible 5-Point Scale

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.

Autism and My Appreciation of Life

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.

You Don’t Need To Know Everything About Autism

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.

All About Resources For Children With Autism

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.

The Life-Changing Magic Of A Mother’s Mindset with Darrielle Maree

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

Motherhood – You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup

Motherhood is a journey. We must navigate through the peaks and the valleys. We must realise that self-care is not selfish – it’s a non-negotiable. And we must realise that we cannot pour from an empty cup. So in order to look after your loved ones, you must first look after you.

How To Make Bone Broth

Homemade bone broth is a traditional food that is super healing and nourishing for the human body. Bone broth is a fantastic source of nutrients. Broth can be made from the bones of any animal including beef, fish, lamb or chicken.

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Living A Low-Tox Autism Life

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 Awareness & A Tight-Knit Community

The first podcast of the series sees Rhiannon talking with Claire Gilmour and Francine McNabb from STEPS Autism Treehouse based on the Sunshine Coast of QLD, Australia.

6 Ways To Calm Your Child With Autism

A child with autism can live in a very stressed state. Transitions, sensory overload, confusion reading facial expressions or a change in routine can leave your child feeling extremely anxious and super stressed out.

A Sneak Peek at Homebase Hope: All About Autism!

Homebase Hope: All About Autism will inspire you to think differently when it comes to autism. I will be chatting to inspirational and courageous parents and people on the spectrum who are part of a grassroots movement for autism awareness, action and inclusion.

Move Beyond The Diagnosis

Move Beyond The Diagnosis

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.

Conventional Vs Alternative

Conventional vs Alternative

There are those who provide the “traditional” therapies such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists and those who provide “alternative” interventions such as naturopaths, chiropractors and nutritionists.

Aren’t We All Different Not Less?

Aren’t We All Different Not Less?

There is a common saying in our autism community “different not less”. These powerful words were first spoken by Temple Grandin, one of the most well known and well-respected individuals with autism.

Let's Talk Toileting

Let’s Talk Toileting

Learning to go to the toilet independently is a very significant milestone in a child’s development. In general, children learn to use the toilet between 18 months and 3 years old.

The Over Responsive Child

The Over Responsive Child

We are bombarded with a constant stream of sensory information every single micro second of the day. It is our brain’s job to interpret and organise this sensory information, make meaning of it and produce an appropriate motor output or emotion.

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