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Episode 237 Dr Tony Attwood – Understanding Autism Diagnostic Criteria and Why Girls often Overlooked

Dr Tony Attwood -  Understanding Autism Diagnostic Criteria and Why Girls often Overlooked Understanding Autism Diagnostic Criteria Key Insights for Understanding Autism Diagnostic Criteria: ✅ The diagnostic criteria for ASD are laid out in the DSM-5. It requires persistent deficits in social communication/interaction and restricted/repetitive behaviors. ✅ To meet the diagnostic criteria, the symptoms must be present in early childhood even if they are not recognized until later. ✅ There are 3 levels of ASD severity in DSM-5 - Level 1 is "high-functioning" autism without language or intellectual impairments. The transcript refers to this as Asperger's syndrome. ✅ The diagnostic assessment involves exploring social relationships, communication difficulties, sensory sensitivities, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors. ✅ Co-occurring conditions like ADHD, anxiety, OCD are common with ASD. An individual may have multiple diagnoses. ✅ Standardized diagnostic tools like the...

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Episode 236: Replay of Webinar – Reduce Behaviour by Setting up your Classroom for Success

  Reduce Behaviour by Setting up your Classroom for Success:  webinar relay Learn Classroom Success Strategies Today!  ************************************** Join me for an upcoming Workshop: Sue Larkey Workshops Can't make these Workshop dates? Join me for a self-paced on-demand course: Sue Larkey On-Demand Workshops ************************************** My live webinar last week was a success! If you missed it, it's not too late to sign up HERE and watch the replay of the hour of power! FREE sign up includes: ✅ E-book✅ Webinar Replay✅ Handout   Classroom Success Strategies You Will Learn in this Webinar: ✅    How to Structure your Classroom to Reduce Behaviour✅    Quick and Easy Adjustments to Implement e.g. where to position a child✅    How to Make the Most of your Support Time✅    Using Students’ Strengths to Reduce Their Stress✅    Supporting Students Socially and Emotionally✅    How to Identify the Underlying Causes of Disengagement/Behaviour✅    1 hour of POWER –...

Episode 235: Behaviour Solutions for Setting up your Classroom for Success

Behaviour Solutions for Setting up your Classroom for Success Classroom Preparation and Neurodiverse Learners Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDBehaviour Solutions for Classrooms Did you know the how you set up your Classroom can influence behaviour? I always say "It's easier to change the structure than change the child". Setting up your classroom at the start of the year for a new class of neurodiverse learners is always a challenge. Not sure what 'neurodiversity' means? Listen to my podcast on why I love this term! I always find it is so important to prepare your classroom properly for children who learn and engage differently. This helps get the best out of your students, as well as helping to reduce behaviour. I am hoping to help you set up your classroom with a FREE live webinar and FREE E-BOOK to make sure your 2024 is a success! This free E-book has over 100 tips and strategies to help you this year....

Episode 234: The Overlooked Tools of Learning: Importance of Routine and Repetition for Neurodiverse Students

The Overlooked Tools of Learning: Importance of Routine and Repetition for Neurodiverse Students Neurodiverse Learning: Routine and Repetition  ************************************** Join me for an upcoming Workshop: Sue Larkey Workshops Can't make these Workshop dates? Join me for a self-paced on-demand course: Sue Larkey On-Demand Workshops ************************************** Routine and Repetition Resources Discussed in this Episode: ✅ Why use repetition ✅ How to us repetition across all ages and stages ✅ Why use routines ✅ Key routines to support engagement ✅ Why repetition and routines will save you time ✅ Quick tips and strategies to implement this week Harness the Overlooked Strategies of Routines and Repetition!Why Harness the Overlooked Strategies of Routines and Repetition? 1. Predictable (No more lost things & No more not knowing what to do)   2. Increase Independence (Helps getting started & builds confidence as know what to do when)    ...

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Ep 233 – Navigating Neurodiversity in Education: Practical Tools and Resources for Educators

Neurodiversity Education Tools Resources: Practical Tools and Resources for Educators Neurodiversity Education Tools Resources Join me this week as I talk you through my FAVOURITE resources to support neurodiverse students. So, grab a cuppa and download the catalogue and let's chat. ✅ Sue Larkey books (pg 2) ✅ Visual Supports (pg 5) ✅ Social Skills (pg 6) ✅ Understanding Behaviour (pg 8) ✅ Anxiety & Mental Health (pg 9) ✅Early Years (page 10) ✅ Helping Children Manage their Emotions (pg 11) ✅ Teaching Children about Autism Spectrum (page 12) ✅ADHD- Organising & Planning (page 13) ✅ Teen Years & Beyond (pg 15) ✅ Puberty & Sex Education (page 16) ✅ Sensory Books (pg 17) ✅  Sensory Tools (pg 18) ✅ Workshops (pg 19) These are all excellent Diverse Learning Support Materials to Support our students! 🎁 Inclusive Teaching Aids and Resource From understanding the autism spectrum to implementing behaviour support strategies, these resources cover all the bases. Not only are...

Episode 232: Principal Shares – Setting Up a Hub For Neurodiverse Students – Amazing Whole School Initiative

Principal Shares - Setting Up a Hub For Neurodiverse Students - Amazing Whole School Initiative Subscribe to this podcast via your favourite app Join my newsletter for more awesome information about ASDHub For Neurodiverse Students This week's Podcast is an interview with Principal Renea Dunleavy. She shares about a fantastic initiative at her school -  "The Hub." From anchor points for high-needs children to structured starts that set the tone for the day, they have reduced anxiety and school refusal, clearing the path to educational success. Renae shares insights and strategies for fostering a positive learning environment. This initiative is a testament to the power of effective classroom behaviour management and student engagement. By implementing innovative strategies, we've seen a transformation in how our students interact and learn.************************************** Join me for an upcoming Workshop: Sue Larkey Workshops Can't make these Workshop dates? Join me for a...

Episode 231: Social worker, Bernii Godwin, on How to build connection with students by loving our students on purpose

Practical strategies for student engagement and connection Top 7 Ideas from the Podcast Simple Phrases for Classroom Management A set of simple phrases to manage classroom dynamics effectively. Restorative Teaching Emphasizing self-management and relationship restoration in teaching using practical strategies for student engagement. Promoting Student Self-Regulation Strategies to develop self-regulation in students. Developing a Strong Teacher-Student Connection: Building trust and connection as a foundation for effective teaching. Incorporating Love Languages in the Classroom: Using love languages to create a sense of connection and understanding. Understanding and Utilizing the Safety Stool Concept: A tool to assess and address student needs based on neuroscience principles. Preparation for Transition and Change: Strategies to help students cope with changes and transitions.   5 Highlights with Practical Strategies for Student Engagement "Positive behaviour management...

Episode 230: Navigating the NDIS; a guide for families and educators

Teacher and Parent/Carer Guide to NDIS Interview with Nicki Powell Link to Nicki's Website for - https://www.nickipowell.com.au/ Introduction: Teacher’s and Parents/Carers Guide to Navigating the NDIS for Your Child and how to support families This post aims to provide parents and educators with a comprehensive guide to understanding and accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for children with special needs. Understanding the NDIS The NDIS is an Australian scheme designed to support persons with disabilities, including children with conditions like Autism, ADHD, and ODD. It offers financial support for therapies, educational aids, and other resources crucial for a child’s development. The six key functional domains that the NDIS considers when assessing the functional capacity of a child, as mentioned in the podcast transcript, are: Learning Socialization Communication Self-management Self-care Mobility​​. The Journey to NDIS: A Parent's Perspective Hear from...

Episode 229: Dr. Norrine Russell’s Insights into ADHD & AS

Dr Norrine Russell's Insights into ADHD & AS Introduction: In our latest podcast episode, Dr. Norrine Russell, an esteemed psychologist and educator, shares her profound insights into the world of neurodiverse children, particularly those with Autism, ADHD, and related conditions. As a mother and a professional, Dr. Russell offers unique perspectives that resonate with educators and parents alike. Key Highlights and Timestamps 1. Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders as Symptoms (00:04:06): Dr. Russell stresses the importance of viewing behaviors in neurodiverse children as symptoms of their condition, fostering a more empathetic approach. 2.  Complexities of ADHD Treatment (00:06:04): Treatment for ADHD extends beyond diagnosis, emphasizing the need for a multimodal approach including medication, therapy, and supportive strategies. 3. Autism's Individual Manifestations (00:07:12): Recognizing autism's unique presentation in each child is crucial for effective support and...

Episode 228: Empowering Neurodiversity; Yenn Purkis’ Journey & Insights

Empowering Neurodiversity: Yenn Purkis' Journey and Insights Introduction: In today's blog, we delve into the inspiring journey of Yenn Purkis, an autism advocate and author. There story is not just one of personal triumph but also a beacon of hope for individuals on the autism spectrum. This post is a treasure trove of insights, strategies, and resources for educators and parents, aiming to enrich the learning experience of neurodiverse children. Autism Advocacy Success Stories Yenn Purkis’ story is a testament to the power of understanding and embracing neurodiversity. Their experiences shed light on the unique strengths and challenges faced by individuals with autism. By exploring Their journey, we uncover valuable lessons and success stories that can inspire and guide educators and parents alike. Top 7 Strategies for Teachers in the Classroom 1. Leverage Intense Interests for Career Planning Understanding and channeling the intense interests of autistic students into potential...

Episode 227 Why Toilet Training Neurodiverse children can be so hard & my Top Tips to Try

Why Toilet Training Neurodiverse children  can be so hard & my Top Tips to Try. Learn about Toilet Training and Autism Today!  Toilet Training Neurodiverse children Discussed in this Episode: ✅ What made the biggest difference (link to my book) ✅ What advice she would give other parents ✅ Why it was so important to get her twins out of nappies ✅ How different the twins were in what worked ✅ Importance of preschool and friends in helping with toileting Stay informed about Toilet Training and Autism Today!10 TOp TIps For Toileting 1. Avoid potties! Start out with the end in mind. Children with autism have trouble generalising and the last thing you want is to have to carry their pottie around with you everywhere you go!   2. Visuals are very important. Make up some visuals to help the child understand the toileting process and to provide a prompt.   3. Prepare lots of FUN activities to do with the child. Making going to the toilet fun takes the pressure off and...

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Episode 226: How to Share Diagnosis with Family & Friends

how to share diagnosis With family & Friends Learn about Sharing Diagnosis with Family and Friends Today!  Discussed in this Episode: ✅ What worked and didn’t work ✅ Who needs to know about the diagnosis ✅ Why people need to know ✅ How much should I share? ✅ Top Tips for Disclosing Diagnosis ✅ Why you shouldn’t hide your child’s diagnosis from them ✅ FREE Book by Anna Tullemans, ‘Disclosing Diagnosis’ with first 30 orders of books she has Authored (Value $25) Share Diagnosis with Family and Friends Today!  Talking to family and friends about a diagnosis can be a bit daunting, I am hoping this podcast with Anna Tullemans will prepare you with information and understanding to make the task easier. Begin Sharing Diagnosis with Family and Friends Today!Top Tips from The Interview with Anna 1. Before passing on information, cross out anything that is not relevant to your child and explain the points that are relevant to them and how people can adjust, accommodate and...