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

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

10 ways visuals help

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Last week we looked at areas where kids struggle at school. One strategy that helps kids in lots of areas is to use visuals. Visuals can help school aged children with daily activities, learning, behaviour and social skills. Why are visuals helpful? Visuals are … Continue reading

Stranger danger

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One of our Talking Matters Facebook friends asked for a post on “stranger danger” for ASD kids. Leah wrote ” I have an idea for a blog post – Stranger danger awareness for kids on the spectrum. I’m trying to teach … Continue reading