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Hello and welcome to About ASD!

My name is Jade and I am a 36 year old married mum of two boys (4 & 2). We are based in the West Country between Bristol and Bath.  I am a stay at home mum in the day and work at a local supermarket part-time in the evening.  This blog is focused on sharing information our life filled with pictures, puzzles and paperwork.

About ASD – what is it all about?

At two years old my eldest son was diagnosed with autism (autism spectrum disorder – ASD).  I have learnt so much about autism in the past 2 years and want to share it with others.   #autismawareness

I feel strongly about the benefits of sharing information.  Before I had children I used to work in strategy and information for a government housing agency.  I have a background of researching and sharing factual information, so I am trying to put those skills to use here.

After spending many hours on other people’s blogs reading about their experiences to help me with mine.  I want to share with you everything I have learnt about autism so far and the things that have helped us.  So I set up About ASD to do it.

I am sharing practical information on how I have implementing things like PECs (Picture Exchange Communication System) and help to get  through paperwork like the DLA (Disability living Allowance) form and the EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan).

My son is non-verbal so I write about speech and language and the different phases of PECs, different therapies or resources we have looked at and tried such as Attention Autism and Social Stories, also sensory activities and messy play which both boys love although I hate cleaning up afterwards.

The first thing I added is a glossary to explain all the acronyms and terms relating to autism in young children as this was my first stumbling block in the world of autism.

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Disclaimer

This is a personal blog, I am not an expert and every child is different, I can only share what has worked for us and hope that it is informative and useful to others getting to grips with autism in young children.

I have also learnt with my son that what works one day may not the next, so having a lot of information and things up your sleeves makes a huge difference.  I really want to provide some support for parents and others out there working with children with ASD.  As I am not a professional and am only offering advice I am not responsible for actions taken as a result of information or advice on this site, please consult professionals (i.e. GP, Teacher, Health Visitor) you have access to where relevant.

I am only human and may well make mistakes, if this happens please let me know as I will be happy to amend them.  The content of this website is my own opinion and is protected by copyright. No portion of this website may be copied or replicated in any form without the written consent of the website owner.  However I am very happy for you to link to the site.  I am also not responsible for the content of websites that I have linked to or that link to this site.

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Meaningful ways to help to manage challenging behaviour right now!

Does your child hit, kick, bite, scream?  Does your child have sleeping or eating problems? It is really difficult to manage challenging behaviour and young children are very good at testing us.  Persistent challenging behaviour can be very stressful for everyone involved.  It is also very easy to get upset and angry and not deal …

Glossary

Everything new in life seems to come with a new language, autism spectrum disorders are no different and come with tons of confusing terminology and acronyms.

Here are some of the common ones that I have come across with very brief explanations, I will also link to more information when it is available.

I could have used this a year ago so I hope it is helpful to you. However if you are in a meeting or with a group and people that are using terms you don’t understand please ask what they mean, most people will be happy to explain it for you. 

 

ABA – Applied behavioural analysis: this is the use of interventions based on behavioural analysis.  An intensive and interactive approach usually on a one-to-one basis.  It is used to teach basic and social skills in a systematic manner to create a change in behaviour.

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule: a tool for assessing and diagnosing autism. It is a semi structured assessment looking at social interaction, communication and play for individuals suspected of having an autistic spectrum disorder.

ASD – Autistic spectrum disorder: Everyone with autism has different traits and different aspects of autism.  Autistic spectrum disorder / ASD is an umbrella term that covers all types of autism, it is sometimes referred to as autistic spectrum condition.

Asperger Syndrome OR Asperger’s: An autistic spectrum disorder that usually presents with people having a higher level of intelligence, often without specific learning difficulties.  People with Asperger’s tend to have difficulty with social interaction and non-verbal communication. Continue reading “Glossary”