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My mission is give you tips, ideas and strategies to help your child, without the overwhelm

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As a recent graduate 20 years ago, I spent that summer working on a camp for children and adults with special needs. It was here that I met my first person with autism. He was in his late teens, and was on the camp’s work training program, helping to serve food in the dining hall. Fred, as I’m going to call him, was non-verbal, liked to look at people’s watches, and would try to lick the ice-cream that he was serving!

The following summer I went back as a cabin counsellor, and that’s when I met Emma, a 12 year old girl with autism who stayed in a nearby cabin. I was completely drawn to this child who seemed to have very little interest in other people, and instead would spend hours playing by herself in the sand-box, or sitting on the swing, or blowing bubbles. She had a vocabulary of about 12 words: sand, bubbles, swing, pool, pizza …  All the good things in life!  Emma seemed so content in her own world, doing the things she loved, and often humming the tune “You are my sunshine” over and over again.

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Emma and I spent a lot of time together that summer, and every summer after that for many years. By being willing to join her in her world, she accepted and trusted me and gradually became more willing to try new things with me. I’ve lost touch with her now, and haven’t seen her for a long time. However, she is the reason I decided to work with children with autism, and the reason that I am so insistent on the play and relationship based approach that I have used so successfully with many students over the years.

I have had the good fortune to work with many wonderful children and parents over the years, and am now making it my mission to share that experience with parents like you. All children are different, and there is no package that works for every child.

My intention is to share ideas, information and thoughts that make a difference for you. I believe that, as a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. What I share is aimed at sparking your thoughts so that you come up with ideas that are relevant for your child.

I have been a teacher of children with autism for over 10 years, including 6 years as manager of an autism provision.

My book, Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents is available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

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