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How Sales Changed My Life

A Personal Account By Dan Trott The truth is I spent most of my childhood imagining I was anything other than the person that I was. I had two sisters, one brother and parents that divorced when I was around 7. If I wasn’t glued to the TV, I was…

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School Leavers with Autism – a longitudinal study

By Ms Radhika Tanksale, Clinical Psychologist Leaving school is a big change in an adolescence’s life, with many avenues and options often needing to be explored and considered. Given the common executive function difficulties that arise in some individuals on the autism spectrum (e.g., preparing, planning, organising, goal setting, decision-making,…

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ADHD and ASD – A review of comorbid diagnoses in children

By Ms. Toneya Ashby, Psychologist Individuals on the Autism Spectrum often present with additional diagnoses, which are referred to as comorbidities. One of the most common comorbid diagnoses for an individual with ASD is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Research suggests that between 37-85% of individuals with ASD will also present with…

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Building Better Relationships by Ms. Sonya Blandford

Both choice theory and reality therapy were created by Dr William Glasser, a Psychologist. A chief tenet of choice theory is that, while people are ultimately in control of, and can thus choose, almost all of their thoughts and behaviours, they do not have control over other people' thoughts or…

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Self-Injurious behaviours in Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Literature Review and Recommendations By Ms Lizaan Schwartz, Provisional Psychologist

As a professional working with adolescents on the autism spectrum at the clinic, I have observed an increased number of Self-Injurious behaviours being reported by clients’ parents and teachers. Self-Injurious behaviour is when a person physically harms themselves for different reasons. Self-Injurious behaviours in children on the autism spectrum can…

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“Tip Sheet for Teachers: Girls with ASD” (not Educators). By Dr Michelle Garnett, Clinical Psychologist & Mr Joshua King, Clinical Psychologist Registrar

UNDERSTANDING GIRLS WITH AUTISM Autism is characterised by social, sensory processing and communication differences, as well as rigid and repetitive behaviours, and sometimes special interests that engage the person for hours. Sensory perception differences may be apparent in the person’s hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to certain or loud noise, tactile sensations,…

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