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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksThe best way to describe the term ‘hidden curriculum’ is the information in life that everybody automatically knows without ever being explicitly taught. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations within different Read more

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder impacting social skills, language and communication, sensory sensitivities and rigid or repetitive behaviours. Autism is a spectrum disorder meaning each person with autism may present differently and therefore can require different supports. While the disorder is a lifelong condition, there are Read more

Beth Saggers, Queensland University of TechnologyIn our series, Better Teachers, we’ll explore how to improve teacher education in Australia. We’ll look at what the evidence says on a range of themes including how 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

Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability.  The only consistent attribute - the inconsistency.There is little argument on any level that autism is baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it.  The child who lives with autism may look ‘normal’ but his behaviour can be perplexing and downright difficult.Autism was once thought an 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

Think of an uncomfortable situation - the weather is cold, you are wearing a scratchy woollen jumper, it is the end of the day, dark and the lights are irritating your eyes. Not only that, you've just picked the kids up and you are now stuck in rush hour heading home.The traffic is at a stand still and the sirens that are whirring past are really getting on your nerves. To top it all off, the Read more