Not many people have ever heard of it but the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) 5, (American Psychiatric Association 2013) is used by paediatricians and psychiatrists world wide as an aid to diagnosis. In the DSM, ‘echolalia’ (immediate or delayed) is listed as a significant symptom leading to a diagnosis of autistic syndrome disorder (ASD). The DSM describes echolalia as an example of a repetitive pattern of behaviour that may include verbatim repetition of words, phrases or more extensive parts of dialogue or songs. The DSM says that these utterances do not appear to be relevant to the current situation. Echoing (echolalia) is seen as a symptom of an underlying condition, a sign that something is wrong.
All children can and do experience anxiety at some point. Yet, for children with autism, anxiety can manifest in a range of different behaviors, some of which can be harmful and dangerous. As well as identifying the common triggers of anxiety for your child, here are a range of proactive and reactive strategies which you can implement to help your child cope with and overcome anxiety…
Colin and Elliot Newton launch a series of 4 workshops with 60 EP and SEN colleagues in Bristol on person centred planning featuring the use of PATH. Wonderful and moving engagement and lots of full inclusion talk!
Taken from Sensory Smarts website
Most kids with mild sensory problems and no other issues do just fine learning and socializing at school with a bit of understanding, extra support, a sensory diet, and a few simple accommodations. You may be able to work this out informally with your child’s school. However, a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) may need more help to thrive in the classroom and elsewhere at school (the cafeteria, gym, art class, etc.).
10 years on from the original study and the messages that 3 gay teenagers tell about their time in school are still relevant today
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The last session in our Children’s Mental Health series: Inclusion and Promoting Mental Health in mainstream schools – run by Colin and Elliot Newton and featuring Marnie Aston via Zoom webinar was well received.
An online Teachable course for this topic is coming soon. In the meantime, check out our other available courses HERE