Autism

what are executive functions? Executive functions are a set of cognitive skills that helps people perform goal-directed actions. They allow us to pay attention, set goals, plan, organise, remember information, transition between thoughts and actions, and regulate our behaviour and emotions. These skills play a key role in how your child learns and performs daily tasks. Executive Read more

Social cues are the pieces of information we subconsciously know without ever being explicitly taught them. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations we’re aware of within different contexts. Social cues and codes are learnt from an early age through observation of repeated behaviours within Read more

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist Supporting children on the autism spectrum in early childhood can empower them to build vital skills that last a lifetime. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  is a developmental disorder impacting social skills, language and communication, sensory sensitivities and rigid or repetitive behaviours. Autism is a spectrum disorder Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children's Book Author  © Learning Links   Many parents are no strangers to the dreaded after school meltdown.  The temper tantrums, fighting, uncontrollable crying, emotional exhaustion, refusal to follow directions, and physical outbursts that follow a hectic school day can be exhausting for everyone involved.  This Read more

Some children have trouble coping with changes in routine.  Children with autism spectrum disorder in particular find changes extremely difficult and you may need special help beyond these tips. If you have a child who seems to have trouble coping with change, try to give your child plenty of preparation time when you know something out of routine is to occur.  For example, “After lunch we Read more

Being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically Asperger's Syndrome, in August 1994, I would suggest that I experience the same kinds of difficulties as others diagnosed with an ASD. For instance, we dislike change (we prefer routine), we tend to be obsessive and we become anxious very easily. We also take what is said to us literally. For example, the teacher says Read more

Sensory processing refers to the way a person sorts, interprets and responds to sensation from their body, environment and the world around them. The sensations or sensory information comes from the seven senses of touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, movement and body position. Processing occurs in the brain and nervous system (Central Nervous System). When the brain is processing sensations Read more

Sensory needs or issues occur when a child has difficulties receiving and responding to information from their senses. Children with sensory issues may have find it hard to cope with anything that triggers their senses, including sound, light touch, taste, or smell. To put it into context, think of an uncomfortable situation - the weather is cold, you are wearing a scratchy woollen jumper, Read more