January 2015

Not that old story again! Believe it or not there are still some dinosaurs out there who are determined to prove that a child’s autism is caused by mental health problems in the mother. Wrong! More


Get into autism training
This exciting two day course aims to provide a solid platform of training skills and training ideas for new or existing trainers to enable them to deliver autism training that is engaging, imaginative, and FUN. More


Let’s play together? Not as easy as it sounds if you are a child on the spectrum. Find out more about the unique play and learning style in autism at The Big Autism Play Day.

Take a look at this article to get an idea of what our experts will be covering on the course. More


Scouting for talent Teenager Krista Piccotti recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by writing a fictional story about a boy with autism. Her goal was to raise awareness of autism among teens and young adults. More


Snuggle up with autism It’s been well-documented that sensory therapy such as deep touch pressure can calm children and adults with autism, reducing meltdowns and hyperactivity. Enter the Sensory Chair™ and the Sensory Lounger™. A group of students in Kansas have a couple of prototypes they hope will one day be helping lots of people on the spectrum. More


Through the looking (Google) Glass A US-based start-up is developing Google Glass apps as well as hardware add-ons that can help kids with autism learn social and communication skills while at the same time providing feedback to caregivers. More








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December 2014

How autism friendly is my school? Run the rule over your school and see how it measures up. A professional competency framework has been developed by the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham. More

Stress find
At the Center for Brain Research at the MedUni Vienna an important factor for stress has been identified. Perhaps understanding the stress “mechanism” could help people with autism one day. More


Learning disability lesson People with learning disabilities in England are being kept in hospitals far from home for too long, a review says. The report, written by Sir Stephen Bubb, recommends introducing a charter of rights and more community facilities for people with learning disabilities. More


Parent first For the first time, toddlers with autism have demonstrated significant improvement after intensive intervention by parents rather than clinicians, according to a new Florida State University study published online in the journal Pediatrics. More


Francis befriends autism The pope urged governments and institutions to respond to the needs of people with autism to help break "the isolation and, in many cases also the stigma”. More


Go and play! Well you can certainly do that, and also learn how to help little folk with autism play, learn and problem solve at the Big Autism Play Day. More


Get into autism training This exciting two day course aims to provide a solid platform of training skills and training ideas for new or existing trainers to enable them to deliver autism training that is engaging, imaginative, and FUN. More





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November 2014

Siri is your friend Apple’s personal assistant has made at least one friend - in the form of Gus. Perhaps it took a 13 year old boy with autism to really understand him/her More


The making of a SuperMom Read a great blog - One mum’s quest to accept and adapt to caring for a child on the spectrum More


Double disadvantage Families of children with autism often struggle to access or fund services — but many South Asian families grappling with autism are also faced with a life of isolation More


Horse sense? What do you get if you take three Shetland ponies and team them with six disaffected pupils? The answer, surprisingly, isn’t chaos and a call to the RSPCA More


Genetic story inches along A massive international study has started to unpick the "fine details" of why some people develop autism, researchers have said More


C- section suggestion causes concern A University College Cork-led study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found children born by C-section have an “increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in childhood”. But autism campaigners have branded it a “sensationalist and inaccurate” report, and claimed it could put pregnant women’s health in danger by putting them off caesareans More


Kids need teeth to smile Access to dental care is particularly difficult for youngsters on the spectrum More



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October 2014

Getting language going Recent research at the University of Cambridge investigates how early language and brain development are interwoven More

Dr Greg Pasco, a contributor to the research will be leading a workshop on autism and pre-verbal play at The Big Autism Play Day! Don’t miss it.


Paint sensation If you haven’t picked up on all the stories about Iris Grace, a 5 year old artist with autism, you soon will. She is creating quite a sensation with her beautiful work. More


Keeping communicated Parents, teachers, and support staff all have the same goal, a child’s learning, but sometimes communication breakdowns cause inefficiency and disagreement. More


Fantastic Footballer Josh Bailey, a senior offensive tackle, who stands 6-feet-6 and weighs 270 pounds has found a home for himself and his autism - on the football field. More


Not working There is probably nothing that could improve the lives of people on the spectrum more than employment. Most sources put autism unemployment at 85% in the UK. If you are a woman with autism you might just be doubly discriminated against. More


Neurodiverse universe Neurodiversity is a term and concept that is gaining popularity. But what does it mean and how should we use the term? More


Make it personal Whatever happened to personalisation? Was a time when person centred planning and acting were at the heart of government thinking around the way that health, social and education services should be provided. Is that still the case today? More

Well we are still banging the drum because we know personalised services are the only way towards better lives. Get some
training for your staff team and get personal!



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September 2014

Autism? Just run with it Three to four times a week, Alex Schneider, 24, laces up his running shoes and goes for a run to train for his next marathon. More


iPad + kids = communication! A study of 61 children, aged 5 to 8, at the University of California Los Angeles compared communication abilities of kids who did and did not have access to tablets. The tablets seem to help with getting early language going. More

We’ll be covering iPads, play and early language development at The Big Autism Play Day. More


Parents empowered Try this free online course designed for parents who have children with autism and want to learn how to be more effective communicators and help their children become more effective communicators too. More


Get a system Kids with autism need a systematic approach to things. Take a look at this fun animated video teaching kids an easy 4 step plan for following instructions. It’s not perfect but you’ll get the gist. More


Great debate? On Thursday 17 July MPs took part in a debate in the House of Commons Chamber on the provision of education for children with autism. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee. More


There’s a book inside autism Author Corinne Duyvis was "glad" when she was diagnosed with autism because it allowed her to learn more about herself and other people. Here she explains how the diagnosis led her to writing and eventually her first novel, Otherbound. More


Comic genius Extraordinary superpowers, high-flying villains and fearless, world-saving heroes are the stuff of countless comic books. But the newest star to hit the comic circuit is different from most. Michael is a comic book character with autism - a hero with a mathematical mind, artistic gift and an abundance of compassion. More


Unacceptable risk Adults with autism spectrum conditions are at a higher risk of being sexually victimised than those without the condition, according to a new study out of York University. More




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