A Mum’s ASD tips

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At Talking Matters we believe that working in partnership with parents is the most effective way to work with children with ASD (and any other kids too). We don’t have a magic wand that we use when do therapy, rather … Continue reading

Social skills 20 ways!

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Most children develop social skills much like ducks learn to swim. Simply by being immersed in interactions with others they learn how to interpret messages they receive from other people and to respond appropriately. From birth most babies are hard-wired to … Continue reading

ASD FAQ

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No two children (or adults) with autism spectrum disorder are the same and individuals can vary enormously from one to another. Living and working with people with ASD is never dull. It is filled with challenges but it is also exciting working … Continue reading

ASD Awareness to Understanding

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Let’s move on from autism awareness to understanding. The National Autistic Society stated this week “Almost everyone in the UK (99.5%) has heard of autism. But, despite this, only 16% of autistic people and families think the public understands them. If … Continue reading

10 Tips for ASD at school

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Whether you are a teacher, child care worker or support worker you want the children in your care to get as much learning from the time you spend together as possible. Whether you are in a classroom or small group … Continue reading

Autism Spectrum Disorder 101

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Are you wondering about autism but not sure what it really means? Are you concerned about a child you know and want to find out more? Here is an overview of the characteristics of autism and some answers to common questions. … Continue reading

25 talking diagnosis tips

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When a child receives a diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder one of the first questions many parents ask is “Who should I tell?”  Many ask whether they should tell, teachers, friends or family members and many wonder what to say to siblings. … Continue reading

10 Tips for HFA

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Developing Theory of mind and problem solving skills can be a challenge for kids with High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome: These skills impact on social interactions, friendships and behaviour but kids can be supported to develop their skills in these areas.   … Continue reading

14 Q & As about ASD

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No two children (or adults) with autism spectrum disorder are the same and individuals can vary enormously from one to another. Living and working with people with ASD is never dull. It is filled with challenges but it is also exciting working … Continue reading

Strategies for ASD

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To continue with our focus on autism for autism awareness month, here is a recap of some of our past blogs on strategies for working with kids on the autism spectrum. The right strategies can make a huge difference to … Continue reading