Aspergers and Domestic Violence

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Optimized-Dollarphotoclub_70959734For an aspergers female finding the right partner who will  and support her socially and help and understand her sensory overload quickly and efficiently is very important.

They have to know that if they are out socially and get overloaded their partner will be willing to leave with them or at least wait patiently while they go somewhere to regulate.They may also experience the meltdowns we have which ...

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More Than Just a Sandwich

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It’s never just a sandwich.

As an adult on the spectrum and a mother of children with autism, I am often asked about meltdowns and how they feel. I can tell you how it feels to have a meltdown from my perspective and how to help your child.

When you have a meltdown, it’s as if the world is ending. Everything is too much and you feel like an overwhelming darkness has engulfed your very being. Irrepressible anger that may seem completely ...

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This is what Sensory Overload feels like.

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As an adult on the spectrum, I am often asked what a sensory overload feels like. I can tell you from my perspective what it feels like, as well as how I think you can help your child.

Here’s an example of an overload for me: I have a nice day planned, something I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Let’s say an open-air concert. The weather may be fine, and the company pleasant, but a dull pain starts behind my eyes.

It’s ...

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Intestinal Detachment

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A screenshot of intestinal detachment from a five year old child.

by Emma Dalmayne

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Scrolling through my newsfeed I was confronted with this screenshot.


It’s from a social media group full of parents and carers who believe they can ‘heal’ Autism by giving their children Chlorine Dioxide, a water purification agent used to sanitise swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas. I was once told I could not take my daughter into a hot tub as the ...

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A Letter to my son

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The other day we posted an article link on to our Facebook page from The Guardian, featuring a letter from a Dad to his child who has autism. It was a heart-felt, almost despairing and searingly honest letter about how their lives had utterly changed and how distressed parenting a disabled child could make him feel.

The post struck a chord with another parent of a child with autism, but not because she felt the same way. Emma Dalmayne is on ...

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An appreciation of a very private Autistic Artist in our community

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The Autistic community has long appreciated the wonderful art and experienced voice of Sanni Rosenburg, affectionately known to us as ‘Moe’. Moe is notoriously shy yet enormously talented and I have had the p
leasure of speaking to her about her childhood, her present and her recent art exhibition in April.

Moe has told me that as a child she lived in institutions and a mixture of foster homes.

“I was diagnosed as a young child, ...

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4 Tips for When Children With Autism ‘Shut Down’

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Source: http://themighty.com/2015/06/4-tips-for-when-children-with-autism-shut-down/#ixzz3gOL6CQrT

You’re out shopping with your child. It’s busy, so lots of people are walking past with shopping carts and baskets. They’re all wearing different varieties of clothing, textures and contrasting colors. Some of them have on deodorant or perfume. Some don’t, but should.

There’s bright packaging and tins on the shelves, different smells of bakery bread and doughnuts. People are discussing what to have for dinner, a baby screams and someone laughs loudly. Tinny music plays, machines beep and the ...

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Applied Behavioural Analysis – First Hand Accounts

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pinocchioApplied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), one of the first things mentioned when your child receives a diagnosis of Autism.

The paediatrician may recommend it and you are sure to read glowing reports about it.

The ultimate goal of ABA? To make your child indistinguishable from their peers. To stop all self stimulating behaviour and enforce eye contact whether it be uncomfortable or not.

Children complying and a therapist fully in ...

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How My Son With Autism Changed Since He Started Homeschool

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Source: http://themighty.com/2015/06/how-my-son-with-autism-changed-since-he-started-homeschool/#ixzz3gOCYLgq9

I smile as a little boy’s giggles ripple through the house.

At one time my son never laughed and rarely smiled.

But his confidence has come back in abundance since I withdrew him from school and began to home educate him. He was a stammering, nervous little boy back then.


unnamed-54When he first started mainstream school, I was concerned he wouldn’t be watched closely and asked for ...

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How to Help with Meltdowns and Stimming Needs

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After my son was diagnosed with autism then subsequently myself I decided to do this piece for those who’s child may be diagnosed with autism or you may only have the suspicion that they are on the spectrum.

Apart from concerns about your child’s communication and social skills, they may also display self stimulating behaviours and melt downs. These behaviours may display as pacing, rocking, jumping and spinning. They may have oral stims they use to regulate themselves from humming, singing, ...

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