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Autism and the culture of shaming

We were born in the eighties, we grew up in estates and this helped shapen and entrench our intrinsic African values of communal living and friendship. Our parents were civil servants so we lived as neighbours and grew up contented with life’s abundant blessings, we grew to value the essence of friendship and family. In […]


Discipline Strategies for Children and Teenagers with ASD

Discipline is about helping children learn how to behave appropriately. You can use a range of discipline strategies to teach your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the basics of good behaviour. About discipline Discipline is helping your child learn how to behave – as well as how not to behave. It works best when […]


Tantrums and Meltdowns: How to De-Escalate Behavior

Meltdowns represent total succumbing to Fight, Freeze or Flight behavior.  A meltdown is a catastrophic reaction to stress where the individual loses conscious control over his or her behavior.  The person becomes “disorganized.”  The emotion is usually rage or overwhelming fear.  There may be some short term intentional behavior, but there is a marked absence […]


Advice for Surviving Plane Travel With Your Child Living With Autism

The problems began when we boarded the plane and realized we had been seated in a different part than our children, and due to the adults sitting in an exit row, I was unable to sit near my son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Things went from bad to worse throughout the flight. Bad turbulence meant […]


Helping Your Child During Development

When someone has autism, their neural pathways work differently from the get go. In the brain specifically, the white matter (the part responsible for relaying signals and messages from one section of the brain to another, and for sending sensory and motor stimulus to the central nervous system to create a response) will increase greatly from ages 4 to 20.


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