Autism survey results

Chris Bonnello, author of the Autistic Not Weird blog, wrote and advertised a survey a few weeks ago.  He received 477 responses, some of which surprised him, others were very predictable. Questions were across a range of topics, including public understanding of autism, willingness of Autistic people and/or family members to discuss autism with others, school accommodations, religion, language preferences (person with autism vs Autistic, and the use of mild/moderate/severe/high-functioning as descriptors), maths abilities, cure, vaccination, and whether autism has taken away or added to the respondent’s life.

How many elopements?

Is there an official number for autistic elopements?, by FlappinessIs.

We know how many traffic fatalities there are. We have data on stroke and cancer. We even have some numbers on dementia related wandering deaths. But in a diagnosis that affects 1 in 68 people – half of whom are at risk for wandering/elopement – we have little hard data on how many have died as a result. And nobody keeps track of how many children have wandered from schools. (Read that last sentence again.)

Baby Bridges and a Developmental Tracker

Baby Bridges is a free program for 0-5’s with disabilities and/or developmental delays, and their parents/carers. The standard program consists of two components: children’s play and specialised therapy sessions with qualified therapists; and parent information and training sessions. It is offered at several locations throughout Queensland, however, the location at Auchenflower (Developing Foundation) incorporates the Developing Childhood program and Funtastic Creations.

The Developing Childhood program designed by child development experts (which is available independently of Baby Bridges) is a fantastic opportunity for parents of children to track and enhance milestones from birth to a functional age of 3 – and there are 342 of them in the first three years of a child’s life!  This detailed record-keeping is invaluable for parents who may be concerned about developmental delays, to track and to share with their paediatrician or therapists.  In addition to charting milestones, the program offers a personalised program ofactivities to help stimulate and encourage your child towards their next milestones.  The site offers a one month free trial (which I highly recommend checking out!), and the full cost of the program is $95 (total).  

Autism Clips and Movies

Temple Grandin: Life story of one of the world’s best known Autistic women.  I found it very eye-opening to “see” what I’d read about previously. Highly recommended, particularly to understand visual/sensory issues.

UK’s National Autistic Society presentation by Sarah Hendrickx called “Autism: How anxiety affects everything“. Informative and funny, warmly presented by an adult with Aspergers.

UK’s National Autistic Society presentation from an OT, called “When is behaviour not behaviour?“, explaining about each of the senses, behaviours people may see/notice, and some suggestions to help.

Recognising glass children – Alicia Arenas. (The “good” siblings of special needs children, and how to help them).

A very informative talk about what researchers know so far about the causes of Autism – Wendy Chung: “What we know and what we don’t yet“.

A second opinion on developmental disorders – Aditi Shankardass. Looking at diagnosing developmental disorders neurologically rather than by observing behaviour.

AutismHangout interview with Dr Tony Attwood about girls with Aspergers.

Bring on the learning revolution – Sir Ken Robinson. (Not specifically Autism related, but advocating personalised learning, and celebrating diversity of intelligence).

Approaching Autism Theatrically – Stephen Volan.

What is Aspergers? – presented by Aspies.

The Aspergers Sensory Funnel – explains how addressing sensory issues is the key issue to many Aspies.

Getting people with Aspergers into the real world – presented by an Aspie.