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Computer Gaming and COVID

Computer Gaming and COVID The following article is Tony’s chapter from the new book:Life After Lockdown: Resetting Perceptions of Autism Strategies and ReflectionsEdited by Rebecca Silva, Ruth Prystash, Rene DeLoss, and Carol Burmeister (Foreword by Peter Vermeulen)Available to purchase here The past year has marked us as one of the Read more…

Depression Attack Strategies

Depression Attack Strategies Checklist for Your Parent/Teacher/Manager The following are strategies that someone can use to help you while you are experiencing a ‘depression attack’. Your support person should … Stay calm and reassuring The agitation or confusion of another person will intensify your depth of despair, adding ‘fuel to Read more…

Adolescent Autistic Friendships

Adolescent Autistic Friendships By Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett Typical adolescent friendships Typical children go through four stages of friendship from pre-school to adolescence, with the fourth stage becoming apparent from around the age of 13. During the previous stage of friendship (9 to 13 years) there is usually a Read more…

Autism and Addiction

Autism and Addiction By Tony Attwood It used to be assumed that those who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder are not at greater risk of developing an addiction than those with any other developmental disorder. However, in my own clinical practice. I have seen an increasing number of adolescents and Read more…

Autism in Couples

Autism in Couples By Tony Attwood There are many qualities associated with autism that are appealing to a prospective partner. The person can be attentive, knowledgeable, creative, kind, endearingly immature, physically attractive, quiet, and inexperienced in romantic relationships. There can be compassion for their naive social abilities and having been Read more…

Managing an Autistic Meltdown

Managing an Autistic Meltdown By Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett Why do meltdowns occur? Autistic people often have a different way of: sensing internal and external stimuli problem-solving learning and organizing information understanding and relating to The daily challenges inherent in these differences can lead to the buildup of stress Read more…