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Do you have therapy dog who deserves a medal

Tue 30 Apr 2013 6:07am

do you have a therapy dog who deserves a medal, we do his name is Dash & I'm hoping he lives forever as we couldn't do without him he is a JRT who is so patent & calm with our son Jared( ASD, ADHD,ODD, OCD ect). Jared cannot go to sleep unless Dash is with him, before we aloud this we had so many problems getting Jared into bed let alone to sleep(yes we use wieghted blankets) needless to say we still have our problems but they are much less due to this little wonder dog. who else has...

Hi everyone here i have a wonderful FREE ebook The Essential Guide to Understanding Autism this 32 page guide has some great general advice on autism..Grab a copy at hope you enjoy...

Tap to talk - communication devices for non-verbal children

Sat 17 Apr 2010 12:01pm

Hi all,


I saw this link on facebook and thought it may be of interest here. It is called tap to talk and apparently turns nintendo DS's and other everyday equipment into communication devices for non-verbal children...has anyone tried this, or know if it is as good as it sounds??

Here's the link

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Anxiety in Autism being different from NT anxiety (Damian?)

Fri 31 Jan 2014 2:18pm

Does anyone know of any research about how anxiety in autism differs from anxiety in NTs?

What I mean by that is that for at least some people with ASC, if you don't encounter adverse situations or environments, you are not anxious.  Anxiety is triggered by things like:

  • fear of going into social situations
  • having to deal with a problem you feel ill-equipped to deal with
  • sensory difficulties
  • lack of understanding from others
  • ...




Mon 06 Apr 2009 7:58am


Do you or does your child have any phobias? If so, have you found a way of making them less frightening or even combatted them? I have sought professional help on dealing with phobias for my daughter, who is nine, but have not got anywhere with it. My daughter can't stand loud noises, like her school bell or anything that happens suddenly - like the telephone ringing as it makes her jump. At the beginning of each school term, she lives in fear of when there will be a fire...


Autism assistance dogs

Wed 16 Mar 2011 9:40am

Hey all,

I am a third year student at the university of Birmingham.  I am currently carrying out my dissertation on the impact of service dogs on the loves of those with autism.  As part of my research I am hoping to carry out email interviews with anyone who has a dog, child has a dog or anyone else with expertise on this subject. 
If anyone has a dog and would like to help me out and answer a few questions on the topic that would be fantastic! I would love to hear from...

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