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My child doesn’t play. Or talk. – What does NOT help

We have become a electronics and TV-culture, and many people have the TV on all day and/or spend hours in front of computers, mobiles or other electronic devices. Everyone does.…

My child doesn’t play. Or talk. Effective Play Ideas – Solution #3: What you already DO every day.

Your child doesn't play with you. He doesn't talk and is difficult to engage. Engaging him in 1-1 social interaction games, as I described in my earlier post YOU ARE…

My child doesn’t play. Or talk. Effective Play Ideas – Solution #2: What you already HAVE at home.

You want to interact and play with your child. But your child is difficult to engage. He doesn't talk and is not interested in most of the toys you've bought.…

My child doesn’t play. Or talk. Effective Play Ideas – Solution #1: WHO you ARE: YOU are the best toy.

You want to play with your child. But all he wants to do is run to and fro endlessly vocalising loudly or fiddling with an object or sitting absentmindedly on a chair or…

My child doesn’t play. Or talk. 6 easy Solutions & effective Play Ideas

You've tried to interest him in toys or play activities. But all he wants to do is run to and fro endlessly vocalising loudly or fiddling with an object while…

‘Make it bigger!’ or ‘Walking the tightrope between fear and delight’

There are two guiding ‘principles’ to keep in mind that help a child to focus and share attention. One I call ‘walking the tightrope between fear and delight’, using suspense…

When your Autistic Child Seems so Far Away: What Can You do?

Being with a child with autism or autistic-like behaviours often leaves us feeling lost or helpless, because the child is uncooperative and rejecting, not responding affectionately, rarely accepting anything that…

Problems with understanding language

Understanding language Understanding language begins with the child feeling like a powerful communicator and the repeated experience of people around him who love and understand what he means when using…

How to create an Indoor Gym for a young Child

It's winter or autumn and miserable outside. You've all been indoors all day. Or you've been out, but your child is still full of energy, running around aimlessly or loudly…

Mouth and Face Games

Mouth-and-face games, which really are a larger-than-life version of the baby face-to-face-games of ‘pure interaction’, are probably the most important ‘games’ to help an autistic child towards speech and being…

A game for Patrick

Patrick & Mouth-and-Face-games Patrick (age 4 ½ ) adopted ‘mouth-and-face-games’ as if he had been craving for a game like this: Always active, it took some time to get Patrick…

Discovering language

A child needs to discover language for themselves In order to be able to discover in himself his own ability to use vocal sounds in order to speak, a child…

Expanding your child’s diet

Involve your child in preparing food. This helps increase their interest and enjoyment of food. Try not to focus on the amount of food consumed or any ‘messy eating’, but…

10 Essential Language Strategies

Human language is not just a learnt behaviour, but consists of complex social communications about emotional/ mental states, thoughts and ideas using symbols, representations and cultural meanings. Shared attention When…

What are the 2 kinds of ‘Understanding’?

There are 2 different kinds of 'understanding' according to Geoffrey Waldon, a developmental neurologist who developed the idea of ‘Functional Learning’ and described 2 complementary kinds of understanding: ‘General Understanding’, the universal…

Pointing is a child’s first sentence

Joint attention Joint Attention is the process of sharing one’s experience of observing an object or event, by following someone else’s gaze or pointing gestures. It is the mental progression…

How to reduce the severity of a child’s autism?

How to reduce the severity of a child’s autism? There are 6 Factors for positive outcomes as identified by 'Ramey and Ramey 1998': the earlier the better long-term (usually 2-3…

Getting an Autism Diagnosis is not a Therapeutic Intervention

Getting a diagnosis of autism is not a therapeutic intervention. It doesn't even allow you 'access to services', as is often said, if there are no therapeutic services! It sometimes…

The child’s gestures are his meaning

Gestural communication Long before a child learns to speak, i.e. for at least his first 15 months, he communicates by GESTURE: using his hands, fingers, pointing, giving, reaching, pushing away,…

DIRFloortime principles

DIR-Floortime Principles: Circles of communication/interaction are the back and forth of non-verbal ‘ping-pong’ or turn-taking that is the basis of all conversation, and we want the child to take his…

Did you know that autistic-like behaviours do not necessarily mean your child has autism?

Did you know that autistic-like behaviours do not necessarily mean your child has autism? are all human behaviours, that make sense and are very common? can often change, when we…