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melt downs

Sun 30 Apr 2017 6:58pm

Hi all, first time I have posted on here but just after a bit of advice. Mason has only being diagnosed 2 weeks so all very new to us. My main issue is when we go on days out which I must admit are very few due to Mason being such hard work when we do go out. How do people go about helping their child to understand what they can and can't do and reasoning with them. Mason lacks understanding when we talk to him and has no awareness of danger. All becomes very stressful for him and for us. Many thanks masonsmum

michaelz's picture

micro-pigs for all

Sat 15 Apr 2017 8:59am

if you haven't got one - acquire one soon!!
Meet the miracle micro pig who taught a non-verbal autistic child to TALK

A GINGER micro pig became the talk of the town during today's This Morning as a beaming mother recalled how the beast taught her autistic five-year-old to talk.

Sam Bailey was born bilingual, but his speech soon deteriorated until he was eventually diagnosed with classical autism.

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tongue clicking

Thu 13 Apr 2017 7:37pm

Hi. My five year old who has autism developed a bad stammer in his speech over the last eight months, and recently ( over two weeks) he's begun to tongue click, a lot, couple of times each hour.
I was wondering if any one had any advice about this or experienced something similar?
I'm going to book him in with our gp but am unsure whether this is most likely to be a part of his autism or a part of his stammer(stutter). I don't know if it could be classed as a tic but he tics by blinking and head and body movements during bad times of anexity and when his stammer is bad.

Mullybum's picture

Struggling with asd/adhd sons behaviour

Tue 11 Apr 2017 6:49am

Hi ive not been on for a while, my son was diagnosed with typical autism at 29 months. Hes now almost 7 and is non verbal, still in nappies, needs feeding, doesnt sleep, requires constant supervision. He was also diagnosed with severe adhd last month. We are waiting for an appt with a different paediatrician to try adhd meds. But atm im really struggling. He whinged and cries from morning till night and has at least 4 or 5 big meltdowns a day. I have severe depression and anxiety and im not coping well. His behaviour at school (special school in autism unit) is fine. Its all at home.

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Challenging behaviour

Sat 8 Apr 2017 1:31pm


It has been a really long time since I've been on the site. I have come a very long way, and now have a paid job helping an 8 year old girl who almost certainly has autism, but the professionals around her are not keen on diagnosis as they see it as labelling.

I think diagnosis would be helpful, she is in a mainstream school and it would really help to explain some of her behaviours and difficulties to her classmates, at the very least. I have accepted this is unlikely to happen for the time being.

michaelz's picture

zelda west-meads answers reader's aspie husband dilemma in mail on sunday

Thu 9 Feb 2017 11:54am

Does my husband have Asperger's?

michaelz's picture

alix generous

Sat 4 Feb 2017 11:56am

How does the media impact our worldview and knowledge of different kinds of minds? Alix Generous - neuroscientist, author, tech consultant and comedian - discusses how global attitudes towards mental health affect each other. Using accessible scientific research and observational humour, she paints a picture about how the media shapes our perspective on mental diversity.

Alix advocates for scientific literacy, child welfare and the advancement of mental diversity. Her TED talk My Inner Life has received over 1.4 million views.

michaelz's picture

kaylee rogers - hallelujah

Wed 28 Dec 2016 11:01am

The voice of a 10-year-old girl from Co Down is being heard around the world after her version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah took the internet by storm.

Kaylee Rodgers has autism and ADHD, but has been growing in confidence with every performance after starting to sing at the age of just three.

The little girl, from Donaghadee, is a pupil at Killard House Special School and it was a video of the school choir’s version of Hallelujah that attracted more than 100,000 views.

michaelz's picture

unexpected joys of raising autistic child - dancing with max - emily colson

Wed 28 Dec 2016 10:32am

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max.

Her father, author Chuck Colson (now deceased), joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life.

audio part one -

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Al B

iPad obsession

Sat 17 Dec 2016 4:50pm

Hi, I have 3 children and my middle child is a boy aged six who has recently been diagnosed with level 1 autism. He had been excluded from school for violent outbursts and a few weeks before Christmas he had his hours reduced to 8.45 - 10am. It became increasingly difficult to get him to go at all and all he wants to do is watch YouTube minecraft videos on his iPad. I told this to the headmaster who said without being condescending take it off of him. Your the adult. Not helpful advice but I tried that evening. And my son didn't stop screaming kicking, biting, spitting and throwing things.

A beddow


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