Autism questions for parents to ask schools

Richard Hastings Here are seven questions parents of children with autism need to ask schools to ensure they get the support needed to develop their child's academic and social skills.


Jack Robbins, non-verbal autisic boy, sings Katy Perry's Roar


Eight-year-old Jack Robbins can only communicate using single words about his basic needs, but after six years his parents are finally hearing him roar.


Fairfield Lego club Inside the Brick helps children with autism to build bridges

Rob Deakin founded Inside the Brick, a space for kids and adults to play LEGO.

Clare Kermond Lego clubs are a haven for those children who take a little time to fit in.


My son was misdiagnosed with autism


Anonymous* One mother discovered how easy it is for your child to be misdiagnosed with autism and how you can take steps to prevent it happening to you.

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Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome


Scottish singer Susan Boyle has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.

Hope for a little boy with autism

Pets and autism

Joan Wickersham My friend Holly was never a dog person, until, suddenly, she was. His name was Zeus, and he was a Bernese mountain dog . She was crazy about him.

Study raises doubts over autism treatment

Autism study raises questions over effectiveness of treatment ...

Lucy Carroll Oxytocin - the so-called ''love hormone'' - may not improve the symptoms of children with autism, a new study has found.

The 'over diagnosed' debate


Nicole Rogerson There is no denying that we have seen an increase in the number of children being diagnosed with mental health disorders, but are there more children with these disorders – or are we just better at diagnosing them?

Scheme will cover cost of autism treatment


Kathryn Wicks, Dan Harrison The national disability insurance scheme will cover ''most'' people with autism and could pay the full cost of early intervention programs, Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin has declared in the latest clue as to what the $22 billion-a-year scheme will cover.

Learning to live - and thrive - with autism

Natalie Nazzari Jo Russell has two children with autism. It hasn't always been the easiest of roads bringing them up, but she says she wouldn't change a thing.

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Living with autism

Kathryn Wicks and her son photographed for Sunday Life March 2013

Kathryn Wicks Having a child with high-functioning autism doesn't mean living with a genius. These children have their own unique challenges.


Food for thought


LINDY ALEXANDER Suzanne's arms bare the scars of her preschooler son's daily meltdowns but since she found the answer to his behavioural problems they now serve as a reminder of how far he has come.


The kids will be all right

Amanda Curtis

MICHAEL SHORT Amanda Curtis is the author of a pioneering book about Asperger's syndrome. She wants to promote understanding and celebration by explaining to children why their classmate is different.


Mummy on a mission


Brooke Tasovac When Chloe Maxwell and Mat Rogers welcomed their son Max in 2006, like all new parents, they were convinced he was a perfect baby.

DIY autism treatment raises alarm

Molly Edington with her 8yo boy Dominic Shakeshaft who has Autism, at their home in Wombarra. Wednesday 9th May 2012.

Rachel Browne Some parents with autistic children are using a DIY hormone treatment to improve their learning, one of Australia's leading researchers has warned.

Her life inside the whirlwind

 Mandy Licciardello

David Sygall and Katie Cuttriss Quiet moments are few for this mother in her 'cyclonic' life with four sons on the Asperger spectrum.

Autism: One family's journey

Autism is a growing global health crisis

AMBER ROBINSON April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. Current statistics indicate that one child in every 160 is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia. Here, grandmother Pamela Maie Young shares the story of her grandson Ben, who was recently diagnosed with the disorder.

Help autistic to stay afloat


Without specialist school staff, these children will go under, writes one Sydney mother.

Kimberley O’Brien

Disciplining children with ASD


KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Many parents experience disbelief, anger and typically a sense of grief and loss following an ASD diagnosis. This process often impacts on your desire to set limits with the child in question and consistency can also become an issue between parents who had previously been rock solid.

Children of the rainbow need support


Ebru Yaman It's time to break the silence surrounding the autism spectrum tells Ebru Yaman, a former education journalist and the mother of two children, one of whom has Asperger's syndrome.

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