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BUY YOUR COPY: Mary Immaculate publishes a handbook for educators – “Autism from the Inside Out”

AsIAm would like to thank Dr Emer Ring and her colleagues from Mary Immaculate College (MIC)’s Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies for their contributions to our #BackToRoutine series this month. We would also like to thank them for their considerable generosity in donating all proceeds from their new book, ‘Autism from the Inside …

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How can My Child Be Supported if They’re Having a Meltdown?

Research continues to tell us that we must view ‘challenging behaviour’ as a way in which the child is trying to communicate their needs with us. It has been suggested that we must move away from using the term ‘challenging behaviour’ and instead view the child’s responses as reactions to the environment. If we begin …

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How can I Explain My Child’s Sensory Needs to their New Teacher?

Your child’s teacher may already be aware of autistic children’s sensory needs. However, if your child does have exceptional needs, then it is important that you discuss these with their teacher. Sharing the information and resources below with your child’s teacher will help them understand the importance of allowing them to stim. Among the differences …

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Stimming (short for self-stimulatory behaviour) is a repetitive series of actions which an autistic person may do when they are excited, anxious or stimulated. Almost everyone engages in stimming to some degree in their own way. They might crack their knuckles, tap their feet, or even just hum and whistle. Autistic people are usually more …

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Check out our Sensory Checklist Tool!

It’s Day 12 of #AsIAmChallenge and things have taken a big step up! Today we are challenging members of the public, businesses, schools and community organisations to conduct a sensory audit of their environment. Autistic people can experience environments in a different way to those who are not autistic – some people experience sensory overload …

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Autism & Stereotyping

Autism is widely known yet it is not widely understood. Awareness of the condition has grown in recent years and there have been many milestones in actively including and promoting autistic people’s participation within wider society. Myths and misconception still exist however and it is important that we tackle these whenever we see and hear …

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CALLOUT: World Autism Awareness Month Blogs

Personal stories and experiences, sharing and openly discussing them, are what make any awareness campaign meaningful. Autism and the journey for its acceptance and active inclusion is no different, and AsIAm would like to hear yours.  Whether you’re a family member, a teacher, a colleague, or on the spectrum yourself, we’re always keen for people …

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Sensory Awareness in Practice

An autistic person’s brain may struggle to receive and respond to information collected through their senses. This impacts on how they respond to the world around them, in their speech, their feelings and motor skills. Some people are hypersensitive, where the slightest pitch higher in an everyday noise might cause serious discomfort. Some are hyposensitive …

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Top Tips for Being Patient

ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION AT A TIME Autistic people love routine and predictability. Knowing what to expect during day-to-day situations is a source of huge relief and self-confidence. Many autistic people will create guides and maps, whether on paper or in their minds, of how to guide themselves in fulfilling tasks and jobs. Others will …

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