Social skills learning and incorporating social choice

Social skills programs are ever growing in their popularity, for people of all ages – offering opportunities for people to learn about themselves, social situations and being around other people. When faced with the choice of many different social skills … Continue reading

Communicating when words disappear – what is the alternative?

Communication, generally speaking uses a combination of verbal and non-verbal behaviours to express or convey a message. Speech is often used to get our message across to another person and can be supplemented using various non-verbal behaviours and gestures. Speech allows … Continue reading

Planning for a life-stage transition – Assessing where to begin

It’s the beginning of June and in about eight months time one of my family members will be in the midst of a life-stage transition. What do I mean by life-stage? A transition that takes a person into a new stage of life. A … Continue reading

Executive Functioning in day to day living and learning

What is executive function? And why do we need to know about it? Executive functioning relates to our ability to regulate, plan and organise ourselves, as well as concentrate and hold things in our working memory. These skills are controlled by a … Continue reading

What does behaviour tell us about support needs?

When we see a behaviour, there is an underlying reason for why that behaviour is occurring. Whether or not it’s an appropriate behaviour, it’s letting us know that the person is asking for help or support to get what they need. Behaviour … Continue reading

Why we learn from the Autistic Perspective

For many years, autism professional development has been dominated by professionals who have spent their time studying and learning about autism or working in the field of autism. Often it has been the professionals teaching the community about what they have learned about autism and … Continue reading

Gathering Information – Using a Profile

To understand what a person needs that will provide the best possible support, it is important to find out as much about them as we can. We recommend using a personal profile that establishes who the person is and what makes them tick (so to … Continue reading

Are you ready for the year ahead?

In Australia, it’s that time of year where parents, teachers and support workers are all readying themselves for the beginning of the new school year or a new year of programs and activities. It’s that time of year where we … Continue reading

Supporting Change is more than just an end of year Transition

We recently spent some time on our blog focussing on the importance of supporting change and transition – it’s something that is often on people’s minds at this time of year (particularly in those places where a new year brings about a move … Continue reading