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‘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…

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…

Every Child Can Learn

Every child can learn, if our focus is on the child’s potential, i.e. on what the child CAN do rather than on what they cannot do, whatever his challenges, diagnosis…

What is DIRFloortime?

What is DIR-Floortime? Floortime (www.floortime.org) is a child-centred approach that focuses on building relationships through interaction and play. Floortime is a specific technique to both follow the child’s natural emotional…

Eating issues: 10 tips for picky eaters

Children issues: 10 tips for picky eaters If children’s nutrition is a sore topic in your household, you’re not alone. Many parents worry about what their children eat — and…

Minimal Diet for a Child under 5

Minimal Diet for a Child under 5 ( adapted from Brazelton ' Book ‘Touchpoints’ 1992) According to American paediatrician Dr. B. Brazelton, a well-known infant-researcher, this is the minimum a child…

What about speech therapy?

When a child isn't talking or interested in talking, parents often think that daily sessions with a trained speech/language therapist would solve the problem. But even a trained speech-therapist cannot…