Reframing autism

Recently I had to think about when I had had a stressful time in my life and turned it into a positive experience. This is known as reframing. Of course, autism came to mind immediately. Continue reading

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Down the hatch: 7 sure-fire strategies to encourage your child to take their supplements and eat new foods (part 7)

Guest post from Sean Fitzgerald, Autism International

So here we are at the final sure-fire strategy. And it’s a doozy. Continue reading

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What about the siblings? Growing up with ‘different’

I grew up with an intellectually disabled brother, who I’ll call B (because actually, that’s his nickname in our family). For the most part, my experience of being his sibling was overwhelmingly positive. Continue reading

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Down the hatch: 7 sure-fire strategies to encourage your child to take their supplements and eat new foods (part 6)

Guest post from Sean Fitzgerald, Autism International Continue reading

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Step awaaaay from the chaos: plucking, push-ups and other life-saving circuit breakers

So we’ve just had our annual summer holidays down here, and it was wonderful to break out from the usual routine. Continue reading

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Down the hatch: 7 sure-fire strategies to encourage your child to take their supplements and eat new foods (part 5)

Sean FitzgeraldGuest post from Sean Fitzgerald, Autism International

There’s an old Japanese proverb that goes something like this:

“Fall down 7 times, stand up 8.” Continue reading

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The 3 things you need to raise a child with autism

Welcome to another year of love and goodness at Alive & Well. We hope you enjoyed your holidays. We certainly did! Continue reading

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Get your Gianduja on: a recipe for nutty, chocolatey holiday indulgence

Chocolate and hazelnut. Together. It’s a match made in heaven. You know, like wine and cheese. Book and hammock. Horse and carriage, apparently. Continue reading

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Down the hatch: 7 sure-fire strategies to encourage your child to eat new foods and take their supplements (part 4)

Sean FitzgeraldGuest post from Sean Fitzgerald, Autism International

So far we’ve talked about the importance of attitudetiming and playfulness when it comes to encouraging your kids to try new things. Continue reading

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Medication, dedication … or something else entirely? Why are so many of our kids unwell?

Last weekend I read an opinion piece in The Australian about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that children diagnosed with ADHD could be treated with the psycho-stimulant drug Ritalin from the age of 4. Continue reading

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