Emotional Health

Helping children build inner strength to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of growing up is one of the best things parents can do. In a time when we are faced with increasing uncertainty about the future, parents feel a greater sense of responsibility to protect their children from harm and provide extra support. Many things are beyond our control, but parents have the opportunity to 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

You decide to give your child’s ‘therapy’ a miss today and take your family to the beach instead. You feel a little guilty but you also feel you and your family need a break. Everyone is tired of working on all those goals – to increase movement skills, refine hand skills, improve muscle strength and endurance, increase tactile awareness, learn concepts such as big/little, full/empty Read more