How Playing Minecraft Can Help Social Skills

Minecraft is an open world video game that has become popular amongst children and adolescents, particularly neurodiverse youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Minecraft is often compared to virtual LEGO…

Autistic Women in the Workplace

Words: Barb CookTypically, autism is viewed as a male condition with stereotypical preconceptions that all autistics must, for instance, be mathematical savants and their career paths are in IT. Wrong.…

Mindfulness: Why is it So Important?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around…

What is Involved in An ADOS Assessment?

Many families who make an appointment for their child, with a psychologist or specialist for a diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Condition, are unsure of what to expect and how…

How Can We Support Gifted Children on the Spectrum?

Often, ASD individuals who are also Gifted present with a combination of cognitive abilities and executive function difficulties that result in a ‘perfect storm’ that negatively impacts on academic and…

The Three Adaptations to Social Situations

One of the central characteristics of autism in DSM 5 is a deficit in social communication and social interaction. The social and interpersonal aspects of life are a challenge, so…

The Impact of Dogs on People with ASD

There is a growing body of research exploring the positive impact of dogs (and indeed a variety of other domestic animals) on individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Many individuals on…

The Role of Friendships in ASD

Having one or more 'good' friends can prevent loneliness and increase mental health.  Many children with ASD can struggle to make connections with people they like to spend enjoyable time…