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Using Cooking To Teach Children with Autism

USING COOKING TO TEACH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM Cooking! One of the best ways to Teach Everything from life skills, social skills, maths, science, english and more! Cooking is a daily activity for everyone. It is a wonderful activity to teach ALL ages and stages. Cooking is an activity families, schools, community groups - indeed anyone can do it, and it provides long time recreation and independent living skills.  Through cooking you can teach all curriculum areas. By providing a structured programme with goals/ learning outcomes you can develop a cooking programme that addresses the learning style and needs of the individual student. One child may use the programme to learn to read while another may use it to communicate, using visuals. I have worked in may schools where Teacher Assistants/ Aides/ Support Staff take groups to do cooking activities. It is a FUN way to teach lots of skills.10 Ways to Use Cooking To Teach Children with AutismSequencing: cut up recipes and get the child...

Tips and Strategies For Girls With Autism

TIPS AND STRATEGIES FOR GIRLS WITH AUTISM Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD Girls with autism are often undiagnosed or diagnosed much later, because original diagnostic criteria have a boy bias. The challenge of receviving a proper diagnosis for their daughter is a early hurdle faced by many parents. The reason for this late diagnosis is that the criteria for diagnosing autsim was created by examining mainly boys, and the girls can be very different. I think we all know ‘neuro-typical’ boys and girls are very different in their social, communication and behaviour. There are many characteristics that are very similar to boys with autism spectrum but I thought I would list the main differences to girls with autism spectrum. 9 Ways Girls with Autism Differ to Boys with AutismTheir special interests are usually animals, music, art, literature.They often have a very good imagination which includes imaginary...

Strategies for Common Behaviours in Children with Autism

Strategies for Common Behaviours in Children with Autism Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD Today I will be interviewing Beth Aune! Beth is a pediatric occupational theraprist with over 22 years experience, which includes working in the Special Education department in many schools. This vast experience and knowledge shines through in her easy to read books which are jam packed with tips & strategies that you can quickly implement. Her books are called Behaviour Solutions however I personally call them ‘See a Behaviour Look It Up’ as they are such easy references and allow you to try strategies on the go. Beth has kindly answered a number of questions from my Sue Larkey Podcast Community so please listen if you would like to hear what she said! In my interview with Beth we discuss How parents inspired her to write her first book How to help kids who mimic behaviours from other people How to overcome body...

How Do I Tell A Child They Have Autism?

HOW DO I TELL A CHILD THEY HAVE AUTISM?  Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD Argh one of the number one questions that parents have and a very complex one! This week for my podcast episode I interviewed Dean Beadle. Dean has toured the UK and internationally for fifteen years as an autistic speaker and trainer. He is also a proud promoter of the autistic voice, encouraging and empowering other autistic people to share their experiences and insights too. In this episode Dean explains when he found out his diagnosis and his advice and guidance for parents who are wondering about when to disclose a diagnosis to their child. In my interview with Dean we discuss Autistic identity – follow Dean’s personal account of reclaiming his own identity Why Dean doesn’t like the word “label” and why we should call it a diagnosis The negative narrative which surrounds autism and how to positively reframe it How to make children...

How to Use The Red Beast to Teach Children About Anger with K.I. Al-Ghani

HOW TO USE THE RED BEAST TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT ANGER WITH AUTHOR K.I. AL-GHANI Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDToday I will be interviewing K.I. Al-Ghani. Kay is a lecturer in autism spectrum at the University of Brighton, Autism Transer, Specialist Teacher, Author of multiple books and most importantly, mother of a son wtih autism who will soon be 35! Kay is the author of many books but the one which most of you will know best is “The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger’s Syndrome”. Kay’s other books help children understand anxiety, disappointment, jealously, ADHD and her most recent book focuses on PDA. All her books are available on my website and below  In my interview with Kay we discuss How Kay was inspired to write by one of her students who had violent rages and they couldn’t find the trigger  How Kay got her son to draw as a method of communication when he was younger and how...

Top 10 Tips to use when Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism

TOP 10 TIPS FOR TEACHING SOCIAL SKILLS TO STUDENTS WITH AUTISM Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD Everyday social interactions are complex and multi-layered. Everyone makes some social mistakes but on the whole we are quick to recognise our errors and act to repair them. However, students with autism are seriously disadvantaged socially as they have great difficulty understanding non-verbal communication, such as facial expression, body language and/or tone of voice. Their literal interpretation of language means that they frequently misunderstand the actual words. I have put together 10 Top Tips to help you when teaching social skills to students with autism Social skills are not easy to teach as they are complex and so much depends on ‘reading’ an individual, and adjusting to the individual situation as it evolves. We often do not realise exactly what is involved in a social skill but we immediately...

Everything You Need to Know About Puberty and Periods with Robyn Steward

PUBERTY: Preparing for Success at Home and School Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite appJoin my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD Puberty is part of natural development for all children. Puberty usually starts in girls around 10-11 and boys 11-12. Menstruation for girls typically occurs between 12 and 13, while voice changes for boys is often around 15. We ALL need to have on-going discussions with the child and this is where having both home and school helping the child’s understanding is vital. Boys and girls need to know about their changes and changes in the opposite sex too (particularly, if they have opposite sex siblings or are at co-ed schools). It is important to start sharing this information with them before the changes occur otherwise the children may worry that something is wrong with them. I know some parents who talk about the changes before they happen and then as they happen their children tell them and they celebrate! Open, honest and...

Best Tips for Employment for People with Autism and Neurodiversity

Best Tips for Employment for People with Autism and Neurodiversity Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDYenn is an autistic author, speaker and advocate. Yenn is an avid writer not only writing fabulous books but also has a wonderful blog (check it out here). Yenn has authored numerous books covering everything from Women with AS, Mental Health, Education and more which are all available on my website.        I find Yenn’s writings and weekly quotes a source of insight, understanding & inspiration. Yenn has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia. For me, Yenn’s sharing of their mental health challenges helps me support the students I know and their families. Two years ago Yenn affirmed that they are non-binary and changed their name from Jeanette to Yenn. I am just letting you all know, as many of their books are under the name ‘Jeanette Purkis’ and I would hate for you to miss out on...

How to Help Children Manage their Emotions with Lauren Brukner

How to Help Children Manage Their Emotions with Lauren Brukner Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDThis week on the podcast I have the lovely Lauren Brukner. I am sure many of you have heard of Lauren or have her books in your school or home library, but for those who haven't Lauren is a wonderful author. In my interview with Lauren we discuss: ✅ Lauren’s four ways of labelling our feelings✅ Different stages on Lauren’s “continuum of self-regulation” ✅ Importance of empowering the child to communicate their needs and design their own strategies ✅ Invaluable insight into the content in Lauren’s four books Her bestselling emotional regulation series contains four books providing awesome strategies to help children stay in control and keep calm!What I love about Lauren's books is that they contain awesome visuals and tips ready to be used in the classroom or at home. Here is a peek at the episode ... >>...

Quick Results in Secondary School

QUICK RESULTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD  6 KEY STRATEGIES Strategies have been taken from The Essential Guide to Secondary School By Sue Larkey and Anna Tullemans In my experience one of the biggest challenges for staff and students with autism is the number of staff involved with the student compared to primary school. Staff should endeavour to share what works and problem solve with the whole team. Reinforcement across all settings will build competence faster and will result in more success for staff and students. All of this information is still easy to implement when we are learning from home. Teachers I know it is challenging teaching online but I really think all of these strategies can be applied over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime etc Think of each student as an individual. Support the age appropriate interests* and raise expectations towards...

Recommended Resources to Support Students with Autism Educating at Home

Recommended Resources To Support Students with Autism Educating at HomeNDIS. /NDIA / FaSCHIA : Claiming Resources Depending on your plan you maybe able to claim resources using NDIS /NDIA . We are not a provider, but can invoice your provider or provide tax invoice to claim off your child’s plan. Feel free to email my PA Dearne [email protected] if you want help understanding how to use NDIS/NDIASue Larkey's Recommended Resources List During Coronavirus Click for Link to Sue Larkey's Resource List During This Coronavirus...

Sue Larkey’s Lock Down Tips for Children with Autism

Sue Larkey’s Lock Down Tips for Children with Autism  Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASD Setting Up Learning From Home for Students With Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ODD, PDA & Neurodiversity1. Position To LearnWhere your child is seated is very important in how effective their learning will be. Students with autism often work best in environments where distractions are minimised.  I recommend finding a room with a door so they can close it to decrease/increase noise at their leisure. Ensure the student has a comfortable flat surface and chair to be working at. It is important that your child is comfortable and their individual sensory needs addressed.2. WRITING60% of students with autism have dysgraphia. This means handwriting can be messy, slow or sometimes even avoided, especially as they get older. You may need to consider allowing iPads, computers and other forms of technology as their means of writing as...