autism social story blog

How to make your own easy Social Stories

By Alison Mooney

As a mother, I have made some really easy social stories or short stories over the years to explain different situations and events to my son. Short Stories are a fantastic resource to help people that have a poor understanding of oral communication, people with auditory processing impairments such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Global Developmental…

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How to develop eye contact, naturally – Autism, social anxiety

By Alison Mooney

Eye contact can be difficult for some people, in particular people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, shyness, social anxiety and language disorders. It has even been stated by some people with Autism, that eye contact can in fact be painful. Other research suggests, people with Autism are sensitive to eye contact or eye gazing. Non verbal…

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Autism language choice making skills

Building skills for people to make their own choice

By Alison Mooney

Building choice making skills for people with  Autism, language & learning impairments People with Autism  and language impairments will often choose the same thing and sometimes oppose change. Giving a person with a disability, opportunities to make their own choices, creates independence and more choice and control over their own lives. Hundreds of choices everyday…

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Useful tips supporting adults with a disability

By Alison Mooney

In Australia, a generation of adults living with a disability are now being offered more supports than ever before. Some of this generation of people have not received any early intervention in the past. Women and men still living at home with their parents  or in shared accommodation (group homes) are being supported to access…

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Autism communication wants and needs

Tips communicating wants – Autism Language impairments

By Alison Mooney

Imagine knowing your wants and needs but not being able to verbalise it. Would you be frustrated? I know I would be. It is heartbreaking to see your child or the person you are supporting upset and crying because they want something but can’t say or do not know, how to express what they want.…

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5 ways to prepare for the Easter break – Autism

By Alison Mooney

The Easter period is a  joyous time, a time to celebrate, spend time with family and for most, fill our belly’s with lots of yummy chocolate Easter can also mean for some a time of change, change to routine, change to structure and what makes a person feel safe. For people with Autism and language…

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Childcare Picture Daily Preschool Routine

Why a picture routine is a good idea in a Childcare setting

By Alison Mooney

Childcare and a school environment is filled with an abundance of visual and auditory stimulation. Overload of sensory stimuli can create a lack of focus and inability to process auditory information. This overload of stimulation can make it difficult for a person who has limited language retain information. Imagine not being able to understand what…

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How to increase interaction and develop your child’s skills

By Alison Mooney

As parents and carers, we are always looking at different ways on how to increase interaction and play with our children. This can be difficult if you have a child that prefers to be on their own, has obsessions, rituals and strict routines. Some people with Autism Spectrum Disorders appear to be unable to read…

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4 visual strategies to help your child prepare for Christmas

By Alison Mooney

Christmas is a time for joy and spending time with family however for some people or small children with social anxiety, communication impairments, developmental delay, Christmas can completely overwhelming. Why? because of change to routine, crowds, noise, lights, people they don’t know too well wanting to kiss and hug you, the list goes on. Here a…

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Engaging school Holiday Activities

How to create engaging opportunities in the school holidays

By Alison Mooney

School holidays are the perfect time to create engaging opportunities for you and your child or the person you are supporting. With early intervention, school and other activities taking a break during this period gives you an opportunity to work on engaging experiences in the home. Create Structure and Routine Easily said than done, right!…

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Toilet training – 6 ways to help people with limited language

By Alison Mooney

Toilet training a toddler or a person with a disability can be a challenge, for the person themselves it can be an extremely confusing time. Children/Adults with Autism and communication impairments are at most visual learners, pictures, photos, line drawings, words can help them understand what is being asked of them.  Sometimes just asking someone…

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Why use pictorial schedules for someone who is non-verbal

By Alison Mooney

Daily and Weekly Pictorial Schedules and Timetables are a visual learning tool for people with Autism and communication impairments to use to develop routine and structure to their world. Can you imagine not knowing what is happening now, what is coming next? Where you are going, who you are visiting, who is visiting you, what…

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Testimonials

I wanted to congratulate you

I wanted to congratulate you on making a wonderful communication concept for these kids. I am sure the car keyring and pictures of places to visit will help Toby relieve anxiety on his outing.

Thank you, Sherie & Toby

I really like your products

We started using the calendar and he likes it, sticking pictures on the board because it is how they do it in school. Before we had something similar but I found this much better. When he gets older, we will try using the food folder more. I really like your products and I find them very useful.

Also, my Speech Therapist recommended it.

Regards, Ines