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‘Autistic’ or ‘Has Autism’


‘Autistic’ or ‘Has Autism’

Is a person ‘autistic’ or do they ‘have autism.’ Find out how you can get it right, because yes, words do matter, and each person with autism has a different preference as to what their preference is.


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How to positively encourage your child

Children need positive encouragement on a daily basis, multiple times a day. Let’s face it, we all like to be praised and told we’re doing a good job, we’re appreciated, or that someone is proud of our achievements. 


Some days it’s easier than others to give praise. If your child is having a good day and is playing well with their sibling you should encourage them by stating: “I love seeing you both playing nicely together.”


If your child comes to you with a new idea for something, or has drawn a creative picture then give them a compliment like: “That’s really good, you have a great imagination.”


When your child does what they’re told, like cleaning up their bedroom or putting their clothes away thank them for it by saying: “Good listening, I love it when you help around the house.”

It’s all about finding the little things and saying something positive at the time. Get up close to your child and look them in the eyes and give them praise and encouragement and see what a difference it can make to their life and their behaviour.


There will still be negative behaviour that you will have to deal with, but if you can focus more on the positives and less on the negatives, you may not only see a change in your child, but also in your family and the harmony within your household.


Here are a few words and phrases of encouragement that you can start using today:

  • Great effort
  • That’s awesome
  • I’m proud of you
  • Fantastic achievement
  • Good job
  • I love it when you do that
  • You make me smile
  • You can do it


Most important of all, remember each night as they go to bed, forget about the trials of the day and tell your child that you love them. Your love and encouragement is so important to your child/ren, even if they can’t show it or say it back to you, they need you to say it and show it to them.


If you have any other ideas for showing your child encouragement and praise please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Diagnosed with ASD, now what?

The autism journey is a lifetime one and is different for every person and their families.


This article looks at the autism journey for a number of people and provides information about what parents wish they knew when their child was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


Image courtesy of abc.net.au

Why Autism and ADHD often coexist

More than half of people who are diagnosed with Autism (ASD) also have signs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

This article explores why the two often coexist and what are the similarities between the two.

Autistic man all set with his own business

20 year old Brodie Lunn has autism and was unable to find a job until his Mum set up up with his own lawn mowing business.


Photo courtesy of ABC News

Could gene modification be the answer?

Scientists have found that a cancer drug can alter the top risk gene for autism. The treatment has boosted social interest in mice.


Image courtesy of Spectrum News

Museums are becoming autism friendly

Many museums are working towards becoming autism friendly and creating a positive experience for all visitors by providing resources to help support people with autism.


Image courtesy of Museum Next

Aggressive Behaviour in Autistic Teens

When you become a parent no-one gives you a book on how to do it, with all the answers to everything you’ll ever need to know.


You’ve managed through the first 10 years or so, and now you’re dealing with a teenager with autism. Good luck! Here’s a few things to help prepare you for the ‘wonder years.’


Hormonal changes can cause mood imbalance, aggressive behaviour, self-injury/harm, unreasonable behaviour and the lack of ability to calm themselves. They may become argumentative at the smallest issue, probably not unlike other teenagers really, however having the ability to calm down and regulate these outbursts is something that most autistic teens are lacking.


My advice is to call a ‘time out’ when these behaviours happen. Allow your teenager to retreat to their ‘safe place’ and for yourself and other family members to retreat to yours. Give your son or daughter time to calm themselves, and approach them when they have come down from their outburst. I’m not suggesting to tread on eggshells, but pick your battles and try to keep your calm in the event of an argument.


This is often easier said than done, and in the moment, when your angry teen is pushing your buttons, it is difficult not to react.  Psychologists can provide you with every strategy under the sun, but if they’re not there in the moment they cannot truly understand the situation you’re faced with.


Your child may try to physically attack you, another family member, or pet. They can make threats and although they may be empty threats with no intent, you still have to treat them seriously. They may also threaten to kill themselves. In this instance take all sharp objects or anything of danger away from them.


If you or a family member feel threatened by violence at any time, or you think your child is at risk of self-harm, don’t hesitate to call 000. You can request Police or Ambulance, or both depending on the situation.


It is important that you think about safety first. Ambulance and Police officers are called to situations that relate to mental health on a regular basis and they are equipped to deal with the situation and will be able to make the call regarding the type of assistance your child requires at the time.


The good news is, they won’t be a teenager forever. For most families this will hopefully be a passing phase. In the meantime look after yourself and your own mental health and wellbeing, make sure you have supports around you to help you and to provide you with occasional respite. Once again, good luck.


If you have any other suggestions you’d like to make to help other parents with strategies to manage aggressive behaviour please leave them in the comments section below.

Calls for teachers to be ‘autism trained’

With rates of autism on the rise it is important that teachers are properly trained so they are better equiped to help students.

Autism and Sleep Problems

Children with autism are more likely to have sleep problems than those without autism. Problems may relate to falling asleep, bedtime resistance, waking during the night or early in the morning and tiredness during the day.


We are putting together a team to join us at the Irabina Superhero Fun Run. You can Run or Walk the 4k or 8k. Come by yourself or with your family, its a really fun day for all ages.

After the race there will be entertainment, a Rotary BBQ, ice cream and dancing for the kids.

Date : 2nd April 2017
Time : From 8:00am

Tan Track Melbourne Botanic Gardens,
Pillars of Wisdon,
Lawn 9

We are looking for expressions of interest, please contact me if you would like to join in!
Email : reception@sasi.org.au Phone : 9773 6044


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