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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: First day of school, back to school, first day at new school

Posted: 08 Feb 2009, 11:39 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,213


Excellent news! We've also had a great start to the new school year ... no meltdowns in 2 weeks from the boys!! My second son started Occupational Therapy during the school holidays and using a fidget toy and his exercises during class time have really helped. It makes a world of difference when the...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Weighted Blankets

Posted: 08 Feb 2009, 11:35 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 3,515


I sewed a weighted blanket for my 10 year old because they were so expensive online. I found instructions online on how to make it. We are in a hot climate so it needed to be cool. I used some old sheets, velcro, and aquarium gravel to make the weights. My son loves it and has been sleeping really w...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Mini-laptop for 8 year old

Posted: 14 Oct 2008, 9:10 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 9,159


Thanks everyone!

I feel confident to go shopping now.

Helen

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autistic Empathy versus Neurotypical Empathy

Posted: 14 Oct 2008, 9:02 pm 

Replies: 40
Views: 6,050


Sorry, I can't remember which WP members said this but I think it's a brilliant quote. I use it in presentations I give about Aspergers'. I believe empathy is one of the biggest problems for aspies. Others' feelings, motivations, hidden agendas, interests, plans, goals are a mystery to us, we lack t...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Mini-laptop for 8 year old

Posted: 14 Oct 2008, 4:09 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 9,159


I don't know what you expect it to do or why you want or need one. There are a lot of junk toys out there that look like laptops, just like there are toy cell phones that ring and say " Just for word processing - his handwriting is awful! You may have been misled by looking for "1LPC" rather than "...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: eight year old's teacher thinks she is a psychologist

Posted: 13 Oct 2008, 9:33 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 2,418


We had an 'expert' teacher last year. He told me my son didn't have Asperger's but was reacting to my anxiety. If I calmed down, my son would be fine. Great 'cure' for Asperger's .... benzos for Mum! I found it was a complete waste of time talking to this teacher ... he wasn't going to listen to any...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Mini-laptop for 8 year old

 Post subject: Mini-laptop for 8 year old
Posted: 13 Oct 2008, 9:29 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 9,159


We are going to buy a mini-laptop (sorry, don't know technical name for it) for my 8 year old to use at school. Do you recommend a particular brand? I've had a look in the shops but they all look the same to me. We want one that is reliable and will withstand our 8 year old! The paediatrician has re...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: NT model for an Aspie life

Posted: 12 Oct 2008, 4:42 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,156


If I were the parent of an Aspie child, I'd focus my main efforts regarding him on helping him build a life according to an Aspie model of success and not an NT one. Would you describe an Aspie model of success please? I find parenting challanging - trying not to impose my NT ideals on my Aspie son...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: My 7 year old and his possible Aspergers...

Posted: 08 Oct 2008, 6:59 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 2,048


Hello, I have 2 sons with Asperger's (aged 10 and 8). Both have said they were going to kill themselves during meltdowns/tantrums. It is upsetting but once they had calmed down they had forgotten they'd even said it. My sons have had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which helped enormously. They also h...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Verbal Communications Differences and Difficulties Sticky

Posted: 08 Oct 2008, 6:53 pm 

Replies: 499
Views: 213,254


Wow, thank you Helen - that's just too nice. About UbbyUbbyUbby; I had/have lousy handwriting too. The great part about AlphaSmart is this problem, with the anxiety, is subtracted. I guess learning good handwriting is important and I've improved, but communication is the ultimate goal. AlphaSmart h...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Verbal Communications Differences and Difficulties Sticky

Posted: 07 Oct 2008, 7:35 pm 

Replies: 499
Views: 213,254


I just checked out the link and saw your Dana. It was good to see a photo of it. In Australia we are lucky to get a carer's allowance ... any parent of a child with Asperger's gets this allowance. We receive $90 per fortnight, plus an annual bonus payment of $1000. It means we don't have to stress a...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Verbal Communications Differences and Difficulties Sticky

Posted: 07 Oct 2008, 7:31 pm 

Replies: 499
Views: 213,254


http://www.alphasmart.com/index.html Link to alphasmart and there is an International division as well - there are many versions of speaking/writing devices here. Great for those of us (ie: the Lab Pet) who have lousy handwriting...... I found this link via the magazine 'Autism/AS Digest' by Future...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: 10 year old (Asperger, ADHD) having trouble with friends

Posted: 07 Oct 2008, 7:05 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 2,100


My 10 year old son with Asperger's has difficulties with making friends but has managed to make a few. Going to Taekwondo has helped with his social skills. Our Taekwondo school is amazing - we have an annual social camp, an annual training camp and an annual trip to a water park. Many of the younge...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Verbal Communications Differences and Difficulties Sticky

Posted: 03 Oct 2008, 5:15 pm 

Replies: 499
Views: 213,254


Mostly my professor doesn't say too much (about my autism) but he did. He said, "For a Neurotypic this wouldn't have occurred to us, or at least taken a long time to figure out." I think that was really nice of him to say. Sometimes others (like students) can just ignore me. It's fantastic for him ...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Verbal Communications Differences and Difficulties Sticky

Posted: 24 Sep 2008, 11:50 pm 

Replies: 499
Views: 213,254


Labpet,

What is a DANA?

Helen

P.S. Great thread! I've only skimmed through because the kids are on school holidays and running around. I'll read in more detail later!

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Australian Government - New Medicare Help for Autism

Posted: 24 Sep 2008, 4:04 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 1,053


The 20 is total, not each profession. Still, it's a start.

Helen
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