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Books

Ido In Autismland Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison by Ido Kedar

This book is an insightful (and short) read on what it’s like to live inside a neurodiverse mind from someone who was non-verbal for most of their life, but I think it’s an important perspective on someone who had difficulty expressing what their engagement in some therapies was like.

Find it on Amazon

 

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

This book is the perfect tool for coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief. This picture book for all ages offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times.

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The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

This book recommendation is from one of our Music Therapists at Creative Therapy Adelaide, Rowan Harding. He says, “Many children’s books have metre or beat to them and you can make up your own melodies. When we add melody to words we unintentionally elongate our sounds and accentuate the intonation of words making it easier for children to integrate the new information.”

Find it on Amazon

Videos

This video is a great explanation of how we can lose control of our bodies and behaviours and that once we reach a threshold it’s difficult to come back, so it’s our responsibility to notice the signs that we’re becoming overwhelmed and need a break.

We’ve included this as a great piece on how one of the leading ASD experts in the world didn’t notice his son was autistic. Every autistic person is unique and we love Tony Attwood’s views on ASD generally. 

Websites

Australian Autism Alliance: We are a diverse national network combining representative, experienced and expert voices. The Alliance brings together key autism organisations representing people on the autism spectrum, their parents and carers, service providers and researchers who aim to realise the potential of autistic Australians.

https://australianautismalliance.org.au/autism-snapshot-2/ 

Fact SHeets

Parent programs

Facilitated online: Now & Next is facilitated by trained parent peer workers with lived experience in raising a child with a disability or developmental delay. By learning through shared experience and connecting with other families, the program complements the therapists and professionals you work with, to deliver great outcomes.

https://plumtree.org.au/for-families-by-families/now-next-ndis/

For siblings

Podcasts

Two Sides of the Spectrum (Meg Proctor)
A place where we explore research, amplify autistic voices, and change the way we think about autism in life and in professional therapy practice.
Launch it on Spotify

All Autism Talk
Connecting the Autism Community One Podcast at a Time” Our podcast offers a friendly conversation with inspiring individuals in the autism community.
Launch it on Spotify

The Parenting Spectrum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Launch it on the ABC website

Free resources

Interoception

Ready to Learn Interoception Kit: Interoception is our ability to understand our body’s internal cues, such as needing to go to the toilet, feeling hot/cold, hunger etc. Often people on the autism spectrum have difficulties with these cues. This is an excellent resource about interoception:

https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/ready-to-learn-interoception-kit.pdf

Short on time? Here’s a 45 min presentation Dr Emma Goodall (researcher/author) gives on interoception:

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