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Mum with Twins shares Her Autism Experiences

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Discussed in this Episode:

Interview Joanne Copeland

Why she had written book “Footsteps of Two”

Joanne shares how she hadn’t even heard of the word Autism when diagnosed

Importance of focusing on one thing at a time & do not worry how long it takes to achieve you will get there.

How finding Autistic Mentor for her daughter helped her understand many of her daughters challenges and how to support her

Supporting her with Twins finding Post School options

Explore the importance of Communicating as a Parent Today!

 Why did you write the book?

Basically, I had a lot of information within me I wanted to share with other people, the experience and knowledge I had gained from 18 years of assisting my twins with Autism to ‘find their road’ and to believe.  I felt a had a story that needed to be heard. A story that would help others, not just those who know someone with Autism, but also for anyone who may suddenly find their life has been turned upside down.

What do you hope people will learn from the book?

1. Acceptance

2. Commitment

3. Determination

4. To believe in yourself and understand you can make a difference. 

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Products Mentioned in the Podcast to help Communicating as a Parent

Joanne Copeland’s ‘Footsteps of Two’:

There are times when the path you thought you were travelling in your life becomes unclear.You feel challenged, overwhelmed and out of control.Not everything goes the way we plan or want it to. In this must-read book, Joanne Copeland shares her journey and the life-altering moment when her twins, Zalie and Flynn, were diagnosed with autism. Joanne shares the challenges she faced following the unexpected double diagnosis in her honest, heartfelt account of what life has been like since – without hiding any of the raw emotions of denial, blame and guilt she encountered along the way.Through the challenges, Joanne shares hope that things will be OK. You will discover how to develop a never-give-up attitude, even in moments of difficulty and self-doubt. The lessons shared will enable you to find inner strength even on the darkest days.Footsteps of Two is a personal story of two children whose lives were turned upside down and how having the right understanding and support made such a difference. An inspirational read for anyone who wants to smile.A must-read for everyone affected by autism.

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| by Jennifer Cook OÕToole | An insiderÕs guide to loving, understanding and teaching children with Asperger Syndrome. If is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger Syndrome. Affirming that different doesnÕt mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.

Talking to Family and Friends about the Diagnosis

| by Anna Tullemans | "Anna has thoughtfully chosen a style that is succinct, easy to understand and practical, which means that this book is unlikely to remain unread and gather dust on someoneÕs bookshelf. Talking to Family and Friends about the Diagnosis will be frequently used for advice and words of wisdom." Excerpt from foreword by Professor Tony Attwood

Practical Communication Programmes

| by Jo Adkins & Sue Larkey | Communication is the biggest area of skill deficits in nearly all children on the autism spectrum - whether it is little to no verbalisation, social skills or simply understanding spoken language. This book offers hundreds of ideas and strategies to improve communication skills - including picture exchange, teaching literacy skills, and emotions. It includes activities and resources you can photocopy.

Tips for Toileting

| by Jo Adkins & Sue Larkey | A guide for parents and professionals toilet training children with an autism spectrum disorder. Contents include: When to start toilet training, getting started, the use of rewards, techniques, dealing with accidents, sensory issues, bowel motions, generalising, night time training, frequently asked questions, pages of visuals all ready for you to cut out and use! And lots more! 60 pages of helpful hints and ideas.

Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew | by Ellen Notbohm | code: B43 | 3rd Edition Revised and Updated. Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book in their back pocket. Framed with both humour and compassion, the book describes ten characteristics that help illuminate - not define - children with autism. A gift of understanding.

The Essential Guide to Secondary School

| by Sue Larkey & Anna Tullemans | Revised and expanded in 2016. A practical guide to secondary school. Ideas for
all staff, from curriculum engagement, accommodations, group work, homework, using technology, behaviour support, organisational skills to building independence. Includes proformas to photocopy and save you time. This book has over 100 pages of proven ideas and strategies. MASSIVE TIME SAVER for busy Teachers & Parents

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What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child with Autism

| by Bobbi Sheahan & Kathy Deornellas | A mother and a psychologist offer heartfelt guidance for the first five years. From the moment you realise your kid is different, to the self-righteous mums on the playgroup, to holding your marriage together in the realm of routines. They candidly tackle ASD issues such as picky eating, bedtime battles, potty training, speech delays, discipline, early intervention, sibling rivalry and much more.

Autism Every Day

| by Alyson Beytien | Stemming from a wealth of both professional and personal experience, this guidebook combines real-life stories of challenges and successes with practical ideas for handling autism, every day. Autism consultant and mother of three sons on the spectrum, Alyson Beytien outlines over 150 tried-and-true techniques for home, school, and community.

Plan B: Empowering the Single Parent

| by Karra Barber-Wada | This book is full of concrete examples and practical tips to help the single parent who is dealing with the unique challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum. Plan B will help you make your own roadmap as a solo parent by offering interactive lists to create your own emotional, practical and actual Plan B. Topics covered include coming to terms with your ex, establishing the same routine in both homes, coping with the death of a spouse, dating and remarriage, meeting the needs of your other children, and more.

Parenting without Panic

| by Brenda Dater | Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situation, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis, to advocacy and disclosure, behaviour, building independence and resilience, making friends, holidays and vacations, homework, supporting siblings, how to garner support from extended family and friends, and how parents can look after their own well-being. This book extends the vital lifeline of a support group to parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum everywhere.

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The Loving Push

Dr Temple Grandin joins psychologist and autism specialist Dr Debra Moore in spelling out what steps you can take to restore your child’s hope and motivation, and what you must avoid. Eight life stories told by people on the autism spectrum, including chapters on subjects like how to get kids off their computers, how to build on their strengths and get back to caring about their lives, and how to find a path to a successful, meaningful life make this a must read resource! An essential resource to prepare our youth for being successful adults in today’s world.

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