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The incredible story of a little girl and her swim-loving therapy cat

An incredible relationship has developed between a girl and her therapy cat. Friday 20th January, 2017: For years, mum Arabella tried to encourage daughter Iris to speak. It was a tough task. Iris didn’t talk or impart. She kept away from other kids and declined to play with even her parents. One day, Arabella was doodling on a bit of paper when three-year-old Iris strolled up to her, apparently intrigued by...

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Ten Suggestions That Might Help Your Child’s Teacher

lecture theatre 2 Thursday 19th January, 2017: Teachers do an incredible job. Standing in front of children every day, inspiring them on their journey to adulthood, requires deep reserves of commitment and dedication. The reality, though, is that some teachers may not be familiar with autism and some of the strategies that can assist them in teaching children on the spectrum. It’s...

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Girls and women on the spectrum: the emotional rollercoaster

Hermione: quintessential "aspie" girl. Wednesday 18th January, 2017: Dr Lori Ernsperger, a US expert on Autism Spectrum Disorder in girls and women, says many parents of girls on the spectrum experience an “emotional rollercoaster”. While they’re excited and celebrate their daughter’s developmental milestones, they become increasingly concerned and anxious over puzzling behaviours. “Obtaining an ASD diagnosis for a female can be very challenging,...

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Things the parent of a child on the spectrum never wants to hear. And what you can say instead

child photo (3) Friday 13th January, 2017: Kelly Kemp knew people meant well when they fumbled through conversation with her about daughter Tink being on the autism spectrum. “When your child is diagnosed with autism, there’s a lot to come to terms with,” Kerry says. “Many parents go through a kind of grieving process, almost mourning the loss of the child they...

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Summer holidays and wandering can be a dangerous combination: prevention tips

Wandering near water can pose significant danger. Friday 13th January, 2017: Wandering behaviour can pose major safety risks to a person on the autism spectrum, potentially exposing them to dangerous, even life-threatening situations. There’s no better time than the holiday season, when many families spend time around water or in unfamiliar environments, to consider your strategies around wandering management and prevention. It’s worth noting that a limited...

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What does spectrum mean to you? Comic busts some myths

as graph Sunday 8th January, 2017: Rebecca Burgess, a freelance artist and illustrator, is frustrated by the way many people perceive the autism spectrum. She has attempted to cut through the confusion by creating a comic explanation for the spectrum. Burgess maintains that the spectrum can be best described by dispensing with a linear autism spectrum image. She dismisses the notion...

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Amaze Launches Online Training

Learnseat Thursday 15th December, 2016: Amaze have now introduced an online training system through Learning Seat, an exciting new training tool allowing you to learn at your own pace. On completion of your training you will be sent certification of your newly acquired skills. Our Autism Spectrum Diagnosis & History – 1 hour online training course is now open for...

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Early Days ‘My Child and autism’ workshops with translators

tea-party-300x200 Wednesday 14th December, 2016: Early Days Workshops are for parents and carers of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Amaze is available to run Early Days ‘My Child and autism’ workshop in 2017 with translators. Last year we held one for the  Vietnamese community. If you are working with CALD clients with a child who has been diagnosed with...

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