THE BLOG

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.…

Mindfulness: Why is it So Important?

By Dr David Zimmerman, Clinical Psychologist 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…

What is Involved in An ADOS Assessment?

By Nicola Stigter, Provisional Psychologist 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…

How Can We Support Gifted Children on the Spectrum?

By Dr Wesley Turner, Clinical Psychologist Often, ASD individuals who are also Gifted present with a combination of cognitive abilities and executive function difficulties that result in a ‘perfect storm’…

The Three Adaptations to Social Situations

By Professor Tony Attwood 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…