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Episode 135: The Importance of Role Models with a Lived Experience – For You & the Kids you Know

The Importance of Role Models with a Lived Experience - For You & the Kids you Know Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDContinue spreading the holiday share this week - Give the Gift of Understanding! Role models are so important for promoting understanding, especially for children. I have found that hearing from someone with lived experience, and seeing what they have achieved can be so empowering for the kids I know. Do you think it can help you too? For more on lived experience, check out Podcast Episode 115. Looking to do some holiday reading? Why not read books by authors with lived experience - click here for more information. What this Podcast Contains: Page numbers refer to the Holiday Newsletter - download it HERE (no sign up required) ✅ Sharing Diagnosis - Why, When and How to tell my Child (pages 8-9)✅ Promoting Understanding (page 5)✅ Using Picture Books to Educate the Whole Family (pages 6-7)✅...

Episode 134: Give the Gift of Understanding this Holiday Season – Ideas and Tips

GIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON - IDEAS AND TIPS Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDThis podcast is all about celebrating diverstiy this holiday season, as well as providing heaps of tips for end of year activities (including concerts, big gatherings, etc.). Click here to jump straight to the holiday sale! Let's celebrate ALL our differences!!It's ok to be different - WE ALL AREWhy the Holidays are a Great Time to Discuss Difference Holidays Season is a great time to talk about differences. There are so many different celebrations, traditions, religions, languages, countries, cultures & more. We should always be celebrating difference and this is a great time to be talking about it. Click here to jump straight to ideas for activity! It's a great time to start conversions about differences. End of Year Celebrations can be stressful for Neurodiverse Children. This can be due to Sensory,...

Episode 133: Strategies for Support Workers – Sue Larkey & Anna Tullemans

FREE E-BOOK FROM SUE LARKEY & ANNA TULLEMANS Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD A new E-Book: Top Strategies for Support Workers - Top Tips for Supporting Adults with Autism Spectrum This free E-Book is full of tip sheets and ideas to assist support workers in looking after adults on the autism spectrum. This E-Book also perfectly compliments a brand new book by Anna Tullemans and Sue Larkey: A Manual to Provide Support and Care for Adults with Autism Spectrum.   Discussed in this Podcast ✅ Why we have written this new book for Support Workers, Participants, and their Families/Carers ❤️ The changes we have seen in Disabilities Services and Autism Spectrum. From Institutions to Individualised Programmes - From Autism being considered part of Schizophrenia to having separate diagnosis in DSM 3 in the 1980s to today where we use the term  Autism Spectrum Disorders. ⭐️ Why Switching Tasks can be...

Episode 132: Understanding Challenging Behaviour, ODD & PDA

UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR, ODD & PDA Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDThis week's podcast I discuss ODD and PDA, and tips and strategies that can help understand challenging behaviour! Not sure what ODD and PDA are? Click here to find out! Discussed in this Episode ✅ Specific Strategies for ODD and PDA kids✅ What to do if your current strategies aren't working✅ Recommended Resources✅ Online communities to connect with Other Podcasts Mentioned in this Episode Episode 34: 50/50 Learning and Behaviour ProgramsEpisode 112: De-escalation Strategies to use Before, During and After a MeltdownOnline Courses Mentioned Sue Larkey - Emotional Regulation - click hereDr Tony Attwood - A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotinos - click here Check out a testimonial from an online course graduate below!"I think your courses should be known to everyone. We have worked with physiologists, early...

Episode 131: Free Webinar Replay – Everything you Need to Know about Transition

FREE WEBINAR REPLAY - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRANSITION Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDEverything you need to know about Transition Including Back to School after Learning from Home & Preparing for 2022 Did you make it to my free webinar on Wednesday?? If you missed out, it's not too late - you can still sign up to watch the replay (available until Wednesday 3rd November 2021)! Don't forget there are STILL prizes to be won by watching the replay!!! Sign up now to watch it HERE and win FREE courses and resources!Sign up includes these FREE timesavers and tipsheets: 👉 NEW Social Script - what to do when your teacher is away👉 Handout with all slides👉 Transition Ebook - including tips for separation anxiety, starting school and secondary school👉 Key document to share with staff - Transition Programme👉 10 Things to Know about MeWhat this Webinar Covers: ✅ Transition Tips including - Back to School...

Episode 130: Cheat Sheets for Transition – How to Use Sue Larkey’s Cheat Sheets

CHEAT SHEETS FOR TRANSITION HOW TO USE SUE LARKEY'S CHEAT SHEETS Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDIt's starting to get to the end of 2021, and you might already be starting to think about how you will ease the transition for the children you know. Or if you are just coming out of learning from home and moving to in-person teaching, these transition tips will help reduce anxiety and stress! Transition can be big or small changes: it includes change in teacher, change in room, change in students in the class not just starting preschool, school, high school and beyond. The nature of autism is such that transition can be extremely stressful, no matter what age or how BIG or SMALL the change maybe.   Changing Teacher is like…. Moving to a Foreign Country For children with autism, moving to a new teacher, classroom or campus is like moving to foreign country. There is a different language (e.g. old teacher says...

Episode 129: How to Address your Biggest Challenge – 3 Steps to Success

HOW TO ADDRESS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE 3 STEPS TO SUCCESS Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDWhat this Podcast Contains ✅ How to Address your Biggest Challenge & What to do✅ The 3 Steps to Success I swear by✅ Lots of Case Studies✅ A hilarious Personal Anecdote about my DaughterWhat is your biggest Challenge? Acheive success today using the simple guide below: click to download your Pathway to Success WorksheetJoin me for a FREE Live Webinar On Wednesday 27th October 2021: Getting Ready for 2022 - Top Tips for Transition Sign up essential - only a limited number of people can join the Zoom (last time people missed out)!Can't make it in person? NOW AVAILABLE: free webinars on-demand for 2 weeks only (close Sunday 24th October 2021) - click hereTAKE A QUIZ Which free webinars & resources are perfect for me? I have so many resources available to help now, it can be overwhelming. Take a Quiz to help develop a...

Episode 128: Depressive Meltdowns – What they are and What to do

DEPRESSIVE MELTDOWNS WHAT THEY ARE AND WHAT TO DO Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDThis Podcast and Blog covers content on depression and may be sensitive to some listeners/readersDisclaimer: I am not a Psychologist and highly recommend you do seek help from a Psychologist for students or your children if this Podcast brings up any concerns.Depression and Autism One in three autistic adolescents has the signs of clinical depression. Understanding the signs of depression in autistic teens is the first step to improving their quality of life.Personally, I am seeing this in younger children especially as a result of COVID-19. What is a depression attack: "An implosion of despair and hopelessness with an intense need to end it all right then and there" - Dr Tony Attwood Discussed in this Podcast ✅ What Signs to Look out For✅ What can we do?✅ Excerpt from Q&A with Dean Beadle - Lived experience of Depressive...

Episode 127: Using Games to Teach – Part 2: Social Skills, Emotional Regulation and More

USING GAMES TO TEACH PART 2: SOCIAL SKILLS, EMOTIONAL REGULATION & MORE Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDPart 2 of Using Games to Teach - check out Part 1 here. Games are great for teaching kids social skills, including winning & losing, turn-taking, sharing, and much more. What this podcast contains: ✅ "Emotional Literacy" explained ✅ Why talking about your own emotions is important ✅ Sue reads an excerpt from the book, The Red Beast (check out my podcast where I interveiw the author here) ✅ How to use the Socially Speaking Boardgame at home & school ✅ How to make your own fun Emotion Game the whole family /class will love   Check out my previous podcasts on Social Skills: Episode 126: Using Games to Teach - Part 1: All the Skills you can Learn Episode 73: Top 10 Tips to use when Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism Epsiode 4: Promoting Social Understanding - Social Scripts...

Episode 126: Using Games to Teach – Part 1: All the Skills you can Learn

USING GAMES TO TEACH PART 1: ALL THE SKILLS YOU CAN LEARN Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDWhat can Boardgames and Card Games do for the children you know? Over the next two weeks I am going to do a deep dive into how to use Boardgames and Card Games to make learning fun and teach lots of skills along the way. Using Games to Teach - Part 1: All skills you can learn 🧠 Maths - Counting, Adding, Money (Monopoly, any Dice / Card Games)🧠 Reading (ie. Scrabble, Social Speaking, Cluedo, Pictionary, etc)🧠 Comprehension (same as above)🧠 Fine Motor (ie. Pictionary, Operation, etc) Next week: Social Skills, Emotional Regulation & More   Ideas discussed in this Podcast ✅ Let children watch others play first or give them a job like rolling the dice✅ Take current interests and buy games or make your own to motivate them to play✅ Make your own Guess Who using class photo or family photos✅ Learning at Home: send...

Episode 125: Replay of Setting up Learning From Home for Students with Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ODD, PDA & Neurodiversity

REPLAY OF SETTING UP LEARNING FROM HOME FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM, ADHD, ODD, PDA & NEURODIVERSITY Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDParents / Carers & Educators, you have a very complex role, supporting children to learn from home during lockdown…..aghhh Discussed in this episode replay With the COVID-19 pandemic and lots of changes, it's all very confusing, stressful and uncertain. Especially when we keep going in and out of lockdowns. To reduce some of this stress I have created 11 Top Tips to Support Learning from Home with a podcast explaining these tips. I highly recommend you give it a listen. This podcast is aimed at providing you with strategies and solutions to help to support the children you know & make learning from home a success. Lovely Feedback from using Timers after listening to Podcast   Resources Mentioned in this Podcast & For Recommended for anyone who...

Episode 124: Teacher Assistant Tips for Supporting Learning at School and Home – Your Questions Answered

TEACHER ASSISTANT TIPS FOR SUPPORTING LEARNING AT SCHOOL AND HOME - YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDWhat you can learn in this podcast ✅ Swearing - What you can do? ✅ Motivating & Stretching students ✅ Building Rapport with students & what to do if they don’t want help ✅ How to frame things in positive ✅ How to reduce overwhelm ✅ How to engage students in lockdown / learning from home ✅ How to build confidence and accept making mistakes This podcast includes the answers to these questions asked by you! Don't forget to sign up to the Sue Larkey Podcast Community to ask your questions! Teacher Assistant Course Part 2 “Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Neurodiverse Students” If you have already completed the Teacher Assistant Course - please check your emails for access to NEW Free E-book, Webinar & Information on New Course. If you haven’t got the email please email...