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Pragmatics: More than just words!

by Ms Naomi Francis, Speech Therapist You may have heard of the term “pragmatics” before, but never thought much of it. In its simplest form, pragmatics, or “social communication” is…

Thinking You May Have Autism Yourself

By Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett When a child is diagnosed with autism, the parents will be asked detailed questions about how their son or daughter is different…

The Latest Research on Camouflaging

By Professor Tony Attwood Children who have autism will know at quite a young age that they are different to their peers with regard to the ability to read facial…

What is Interoceptive Awareness?

By Sarah Ormond, Psychologist Our ability to feel what is going on in our body is an important skill; tuning into to our physical sensations can give us important clues…

Understanding Girls on the Spectrum

By Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett Many women on the autism spectrum deliberated about whether or not they should seek a formal diagnosis, weighing up the potential costs…

What Exactly Is Camouflaging?

By Professor Tony Attwood & Dr Michelle Garnett Until recently, the gender ratio for autism was estimated as four boys for each girl. However, clinicians are increasingly receiving referrals for…

How Playing Minecraft Can Help Social Skills

By Luke Blackwood, Registered Psychologist 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…

Autistic Women in the Workplace

By Barb Cook Typically, 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.…