Occupational Therapy for Autism

Ever wonder what OT can do for your child?

Occupational Therapy uses techniques developed to help children within Autism Spectrum of Disorders to better control their bodies and mind for achieving independent living. More info -->

DSM-5 Changing Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

The way in which Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, are diagnosed are going to radically change in May 2013. At the moment the DSM-4 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) criteria is being used to diagnose and categorise Autism Spectrum Disorders, within the Spectrum there are currently 2 main categories – Autism and Aspergers.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Puberty

At some stage your child within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders will reach puberty. It can be a difficult time for a child and parents of a child without a disability, and so for a child with a disability like Autism it can be all the more difficult.

Read about our experience and how we managed this delicate issue:

Coping with Autism Spectrum Disorder Meltdowns and Behaviours.

A child with Autism can be very prone to meltdowns in public and unfamiliar places. Meltdowns can be described as a tantrum or fit of rage as the child may be confused or stressed due over loaded sensory inputs or an unfamiliar place and situation. So how do you handle such a situation?

The Ten Best Books for Understanding and Treating Autism

Hi all.

We have done a great deal of research and reading over the years to get the best knowledge, understanding and methods for treating our daughter with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Here is a list of the ten best books we can recommend for information, ideas, methods and treatments for Autism. These are the books that we have read or have been recommended by others.


Exposing an Autistic Child to Social Events and Outings

As many of you may already know,exposing an autistic child to social events or outings can be a real challenge.
Many autistic children are susceptible to hyper sensitivity and a melt down is always a grim possibility when faced with unfamiliar sites, sounds an smells.

Here are a few tips on how to tackle this sometimes difficult task!

Lessons for the NDIS from Indigenous programs

Governments are working through COAG to plan and implement a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Based on past experience with the Closing the Gap initiative for Indigenous Australians and similar initiatives, COAG involvement may be very bad news for people with a disability.

A damning review of federal spending on Indigenous programs found billions of dollars paid out had dismal results. The previously secret Cabinet review says past approaches to fixing Indigenous disadvantage clearly failed.


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