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Anxiety and Meltdowns

Conor McDermott : Autism and Airports

Conor McDermott has recently completed a research project for his undergraduate in Occupational Therapy. The project is a survey based on interviews with three autistic adults about their experiences going to airports. The findings can be seen here. Tell me about how and why you settled on this topic for your research project The research …

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Coronavirus Isolation Children’s Social Story *Text Only*

  Your daily routine of going to school will be different and this might feel stressful. This is ok, we must do this to keep everyone feeling well. Everyone is off school and you won’t miss any classes or fun.        When ‘self – isolating’, these are some things that you should do. …

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Maintaining Calmness about COVID-19/Coronavirus in the Autism Community

Michael Ryan – Counsellor/Psychotherapist While we cannot control the spread of this virus in the wider community – all each of us can do is to control how we choose to react to the situation. You only need only control your own hygiene practices and leave the general control of the situation to the medical …

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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: An Autistic Review

After all our press on Jody O’Neill’s play, we couldn’t wait to see the play ourselves. Our Vice-CEO Fiona Ferris came as part of the Q&A at the end, whereas myself and policy officer Gaibhinn attended in the audience. Unlike other articles this is more of an opinion piece. Before working at AsIAm I wrote …

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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: Eleanor Walsh Interview

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism, a play written by Jody O’Neill, will soon hit the stage. The play, directed by Dónal Gallagher, will contain a cast of autistic and neurotypical actors. Using a host of characters and storylines, the play aims to celebrate autistic identity and educate neurotypical audiences. In the lead up to …

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Autism Behind the Wheel: Teaching Teens and Young Adults on the Spectrum to Drive- Carmen Adams

*Editor’s note: Carmen’s piece, though helpful, is written in an American context. Not all situations described in the piece may apply to Ireland* Driving is an important milestone in the lives of teenagers and young adults. No longer do they have to ask mom and dad for a ride to their friend’s houses. Now they …

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Special Interest: Ian Lynam- Sherlock Holmes

I thought I’d change the pace by writing about one of my own special interests for once! Sherlock Holmes. I’m hardly the first autistic person to take an interest in him and I’m sure I’m far from the last.  Introduced in the 1887 Beeton’s Christmas Annual, the Baker Street sleuth emerged over sixty years before …

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Community Voices: Ella Durrigan on Starting College

Autism vs First Year of college May 2019: I have just finished my summer exams. I had dropped out of college twice before and this was third time lucky. I had finally completed the first year of a degree in Digital Marketing, Communication and Public Relations in Dundalk IT, a course with a mixture of academic, creative and technology skills …

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Dr. Gillian Smith on Autism Friendly Dental Practices

Dr. Gillian Smith is a Bray-based dentist. She previously made headlines in 2012 when she won the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Award. This award was due to her specially tailored treatment for Neal Dhont, which saved him from experiencing a more traumatic procedure. We talked to her about her methodology and measures made in the Dental …

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