By: Rebecca Hunt, Therapy Assistant and Child Educator, Autism Swim The beach is a great place to spend the weekend or afternoons with the family during the summer months. However, the beach … [Read more...] about Top Tips for Preparing Your Child for the Sensory Experiences of the Beach – Part 1
Ensure you have time to yourself, purely for relaxation or recreation. Even it is one hour scheduled a week for you to have a cup of tea and read a book, stick to it. Schedule it in so that the … [Read more...] about A guide for surviving the holidays (self-care and tips)
By Erika Gleeson, Senior Behaviour Specialist & Harry Hawkins, Behaviour Support Practitioner 1. Choose to reduce/eradicate sensory experiences at a stipulated time/day each week. Dim your … [Read more...] about How can you create an ASD-friendly experience for those visiting your workplace (retail or hospitality for example)?
By Erika Gleeson, Senior Behaviour Specialist & Harry Hawkins, Behaviour Support Practitioner 1. Consider sensory sensitives. Could you modify the lighting and acoustics of your office to make it … [Read more...] about How can you make your workplace more ASD-friendly for colleagues?
Why Autism Swim lessons are not ‘recreation’. Recently, one of our AS-Approved instructors contacted the NDIS concerning the constantly changing guidelines for registering … [Read more...] about Why we’re not recreation; swimming and the NDIS.
We have talked previously about what drowning actually looks like; that the media has led us to believe that those are drowning put their hands in the air and call out for help, which we understand is … [Read more...] about Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning
Yet another alarming newspaper article on the use of seclusion in our education system; the frequency of these reports is clearly increasing. Although incredibly distressing to read, they serve as … [Read more...] about ‘The kid in the cage’. The use of time-out strategies in our schools.
Written by Alexandra Newmarch, Provisional Psychologist & Chiu Lau, Principal Psychologist (http://psychpossibilities.com.au/) "Separation anxiety" is the technical term for when a baby, toddler, … [Read more...] about 5 ways to ease separation anxiety
These suggestions are aimed at increasing your swimmer’s contact (or exposure) to the pool environment, and help them feel more comfortable when they attend their swimming lessons. This will also help … [Read more...] about Tip Sheet – How to increase water exposure at home in early stages of swim education.
In this month's blog, one of AS' Occupational Therapists, Jarrod Gist, sheds light on some of the less-known benefits of swimming for individuals with ASD... Swimming and water therapy are … [Read more...] about The benefits of swimming beyond the pool.