Phatics Communication Style

Phatics Communication Style

The type of communication style adults use with children can influence their speech and language development There is a communication style between adults and children researchers call Phatics   In this style, the adult tries to say nothing with any ‘content’ apart...
What does high functioning autism look like?

What does high functioning autism look like?

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.

ASD – it’s not all the same

ASD – it’s not all the same

Autism is referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which acknowledges that the disorder has is variable and affects people to different degrees. It is often helpful to parents to know that their child probably does not exhibit all the symptoms that can be...
ASD – Should I get my child diagnosed?

ASD – Should I get my child diagnosed?

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.

We are all “on the spectrum somewhere”

We are all “on the spectrum somewhere”

People sometimes comment that we are all “on the spectrum somewhere”. Autism Spectrum Disorder acknowledges that people can demonstrate recognised “traits” to a greater or lesser degree. This post takes a look at how people with ASD in particular find it difficult to...