Meet Fiona Curtis the owner of Fiona Curtis Speech Pathology Services in Scarborough
Fiona obtained her B.A.Sc. Speech & Hearing from Curtin University and has always maintained her Certified Practising status with SPA. In recent years, her professional development has been very focused on stuttering. She has completed Lidcombe Program Training about 14 years ago and has also done training in how to work with school aged children who stutter. She has attended the Oxford Disfluency Conference twice, in 2014 and 2021.
You may have heard of the saying, “when you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Executive functioning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders often go hand in hand, however not all children with ASD will struggle in the same EF areas to the same degree. If a child is seeing a psychologist, it may be worthwhile connecting with them to find out more information about which area the child needs the greater support.
Meet Simone Dempster the owner of Splice Therapy based in Darlington.
There is evidence that spelling and reading and writing offer mutual enhancement, and that the physical act of writing has benefits for beginning reading:
Children on the spectrum, like any other children, can have a whole range of cognitive abilities. Many children diagnosed with ASD are very bright, or gifted. They may have an exceptional vocabulary and speak in sentences that sound mature for their age. They may have particular talents that match their interests and they can perform at an above-age level in an area.
A diagnosis can be a very difficult thing for parents to accept, particularly if their understanding of a disorder is influenced by media. The media has certainly picked up on Autism Spectrum Disorder in the last decade or so, and there are almost limitless books and films depicting people with autism. ASD has also received a much higher profile in the community, as well as attracting specific funding.