Did you know that autistic-like behaviours do not necessarily mean your child has autism?
Are you worried about autistic-like behaviours because your child
• does not talk, play, interact, eat, respond or behave as you would expect at this age?
• shows repetitive or controlling behaviours like lining things up, flapping hands, tantrums or insisting on sameness?
• sometimes seems lost, shut off, passive or withdrawn, prefers to play alone and has no friends, or is overly active and unable to settle to anything?
Did you know that autistic-like behaviours
• do not necessarily mean your child has autism?
• are all human behaviours and responses, that can be seen in so-called normal people?
• can often change, when we understand what is really going on to create these difficulties?
Autism diagnoses are continue to rise, - and there is much confusion as to why this might be. Before considering a formal diagnostic process many parents are therefore looking for someone with a therapeutic outlook to help them explore what is really going on to create their child’s difficulties, and to help them to find the most effective solutions.
For over 20 Years I have witnessed unbelievable changes in children and their families. I believe that autistic behaviours are really coping strategies and an early sensory stress/trauma response that has got stuck with the individual unable to get out. Over 20 years of witnessing so many unbelievable changes in children and their families has only confirmed my conviction that
• autism isn’t a genetic or otherwise fixed ‘disease’ in need of behaviour modification, but a form of a meaningful emotional communication that can be understood, and can change
• the standard deficit checklists for establishing or diagnosing autism are ineffective and undermine the healthy developmental potential of child, parents and family
• defining someone as the sum of their deficits reduces them to a general ‘diagnosis’, instead of valuing them as a unique person with a human mind that is designed to change and develop