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Subject: Parenting

  • Help me to empathise with my Autistic child

    Help me to empathise with my Autistic child

    In this sequel to her earlier webinar on understanding Autistic empathy, Autistic Autism researcher, Jessica Harrison, gives us practical tips and information about empathising with our Autistic children during meltdowns and sensory overwhelm.

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  • Help me to understand Autistic empathy

    Help me to understand Autistic empathy

    In this webinar, Autistic Autism researcher, Jessica Harrison, talks to us about what empathy actually is (and what it is not), what Autistic empathy might look like, and she examines the research evidence for the ‘standard’ view that Autistic people have an empathy deficit.

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  • Position statement on therapies and interventions

    Position statement on therapies and interventions

    As an organisation, Reframing Autism has grave concerns about the provision of any therapy or intervention which “normalises” Autistic people or suppresses intrinsic Autistic behaviours. Read our full position statement on therapies, including ABA and EIBIs here.

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  • Tips for talking to children about Autism

    Tips for talking to children about Autism

    Don’t have time to watch the full video on Talking to Children about Autism on the Reframing Autism You Tube channel? Catch our top tips for sharing your child’s Autistic identity with them, their friends, family and peers here in this short animation.

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  • Joy with no surprises. Or, one family’s journey to a Merry Christmas.

    Joy with no surprises. Or, one family’s journey to a Merry Christmas.

    • Blogs
    • December 07, 2019

    This Christmas, put aside traditions and preconceived ideas of what Christmas “should” look like, and let your child lead. Make new traditions… Find new ways of being joyful. And never let the pressure of expectation ruin the beauty of your family’s unique way of being together.

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  • The importance of parents

    The importance of parents

    • Blogs
    • December 01, 2019

    “With their [parents’] love, support and advocacy, we learn to value ourselves and different ways of being.” Read the impassioned insights of Tim Chan, delivered at Reframing Autism’s official stakeholder launch, NSW Parliament House, 28 November 2019.

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  • What is play?

    What is play?

    Play is synonymous with enjoyment: it implies engagement, fun, immersion. The definition does not — and I say again, emphatically NOT — prescribe what play is. It describes the feeling that we experience when we play (enjoyment); it does not prescribe what activities constitute ‘play’.

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  • Passions and motivation: Why passions aren’t rewards

    Passions and motivation: Why passions aren’t rewards

    Although I have had some very positive feedback about my Manifesto for Allies, one part of the Manifesto has prompted more questions and discussion than any other section. My stance on Autistic passions has caused some consternation (or at least uncertainty), so I wanted to spend some time expanding and explaining my thinking on this matter further. Bear with me: this post is another long one!

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  • The gift of unconditional love

    The gift of unconditional love

    Very often when I talk with parents of Autistic children, especially parents of Autistic children who are non-traditional communicators, one of their deepest and most abiding fears is that their child will never say the words, ‘I love you’ to them. It seems to many parents to be such a fundamental and profound need, to hear those words, spoken by their child, in their child’s own voice, like it is the ultimate proof of the bond between child and parent, the paramount evidence of shared devotion.

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