Improving Social Skills through Drama – ‘Imagining Autism’

By Dr Wesley Turner, Clinical Psychologist Though drama has long been viewed as a useful way for individuals to improve their ability to read others’ beliefs and intentions, empirical investigation into drama’s effectiveness as a means of social skills training has been fairly limited for quite some time. Two of…

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Pragmatics: More than just words!

By Ms Naomi Francis, Speech Therapist You may have heard of the term “pragmatics” before, but never thought much of it. In its simplest form, pragmatics, or “social communication” is the use of language in a social context. When communicating with others, we often think of the words we use…

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Speech Pathology Week: Communicating with Confidence

There are 1.2 million Australians with communication disability. Speech pathologists work with these Australians to provide them with the confidence to communicate. In Australia today, communication disability remains largely invisible. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the challenges faced by Australians with communication disability. That’s why during Speech Pathology Week,…

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Autism and Screen Time

By Dr David Zimmerman, Clinical Psychologist Research suggests that children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) spend more time on video games and computers than their peers (Mazurek et al., 2012; 2013; Kuo et al., 2014). Although there are evidence-based benefits identified from the use of digital and social…

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Sex Education and Adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome

By Dr Wesley Turner, Clinical Psychologist The onset of puberty is often a stressful time for adolescents and parents alike, and is typically of particular concern to parents of adolescents with AS. While the ups and downs of puberty are largely unavoidable, there are strategies that parents can put in…

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Mindfulness: A buzz word?

By Radhika Tanksale, Clinical Psychologist The term mindfulness has seeped into people’s vocabulary in the last few years. Not just adults but children too have heard the word. Back in 2004, I remember completing my predoctoral degree in psychology at the University and coming back to live with my mother…

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Dealing with conflict using the EAR technique.

By, Sonya Blandford, Psychologist Have you noticed that some people are more upset than usual during this time of social isolation?  Matching their emotional level can lead to escalation of an incident and can affect relationships in a negative way. The EAR statement (created by Bill Eddy) is one strategy that…

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Alexithymia and Autism

By, Dr Michelle S Garnett  Clinical Psychologist, Author and Autism Consultant MPsych(Clin) PhD  MAPS FCCP The term “alexithymia” is coming up more and more in the research literature on autism. You may have wondered what it is and how is it is relevant to autism? Alexithymia describes someone who has difficulties…

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Meet the Team: Dr Coralia MacHatch

Cora is passionate about delivering evidence-based treatment in a warm and supportive manner, with a client-directed focus. She is committed to achieving positive outcomes for her clients. Cora believes in working collaboratively with you to help you gain insight and understanding of the problem, and to formulate goals you would…

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Latest Research on Camouflaging

By Professor Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist Children who have autism will know at quite a young age that they are different to their peers with regard to the ability to read facial expressions, body language and social cues, and are different to their peers in the ability to make and…

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