ADHD and ASD – A review of co-morbid diagnoses in children by Ms. Toneya Ashby, Psychologist

Individuals on the Autism Spectrum often present with additional diagnoses, which are referred to as co-morbidities. One of the most common co-morbid diagnoses for an individual with ASD is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Research suggests that between 37-85% of individuals with ASD will also present with features of ADHD (Leitner, 2014). As a result of this statistic, ADHD is commonly screened…

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Transitioning to the Workforce, Three key elements to success for students on the autism spectrum by Mr Jay Hobbs, Psychologist

The goal for any student moving from secondary school to employment is to establish a career path that utilises their strengths and interests. Finding a fulfilling career often ensures a sense of purpose, independence, confidence and financial security. However, finding a career path that fits both your interests and strengths is often challenging and this can be particularly true for…

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Building Better Relationships By Ms. Sonya Blandford, Psychologist

Both choice theory and reality therapy were created by Dr William Glasser, a Psychologist.  A chief tenet of choice theory is that, while people are ultimately in control of, and can thus choose, almost all of their thoughts and behaviours, they do not have control over other people' thoughts or behaviours.   Glasser believes that you do not have control over…

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Sibling Influences on Theory of Mind by Amy Cleator, Provisional Psychologist

Theory of Mind (ToM) can be defined as the ability to understand that people (including self and others) have thoughts, beliefs, desires and emotions, which influence and explain actions and behaviours.  In typically developing children, advances in ToM occur between the ages of 3 and 5 years, whereas ToM is often delayed in children with ASC.  A number of studies…

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