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

How everyday interactions help with communication – personal reflection

Communication can present in many different forms and is definitely not restricted to just one method. Effective communication includes a whole range of methods that assist in conveying or receiving a message. All of us at any one time will … Continue reading

Chunking or simplifying tasks / learning activities

When we think of planning a worksheet or a written task, often we write down as much as possible and provide very detailed explanations. We might even make it look attractive to entice the learner to want to complete the assigned task or … 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

Reducing End of Year Demands

As the year draws closer to the end and the festivities of cultural and religious celebrations begin, day to day functioning can become a little harder and a little more tiring for those of us who have difficulties with social environments, … Continue reading

Create Structure (when there is less/no structure)

As we move closer and closer to that time of year of Christmas celebrations and party invitations, what we know as ‘routine’ and ‘structure’ in our day, suddenly becomes less structured and sometimes, disappears altogether. Not only does this happen in the home environment, but also out in … Continue reading

How to find Predictability in Change

Change is one of those things that is a constant in life. And change is also something that many people find very challenging. For those who need additional support around change, or who find it very overwhelming, it can sometimes help … Continue reading