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Mindful Parenting During The ‘Terrible’ Toddler Years’

My nephew is going through the “terrible twos” (or is it actually terrible threes?), if you could call them that – so far, it’s not so bad. Sometimes I’ll get sweet, unprompted kisses and declarations of love, and mere minutes later he’ll be calling me a farty-head. These so-called terrible toddler years are a universal …

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‘No way’: Sia doubles down on autistic character casting in Music

Sia continues to defend her decision to cast Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teen in her feature film Music, despite copping a large amount of backlash over it. During an interview with 10 News First about the project, the Aussie singer was asked about the criticism she faced from the autism and wider communities for choosing not to …

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New York feature for Cafe Mom: Christmas is beautiful & overwhelming

As a parent to children with high additional needs, it can be a roller coaster of emotions. It’s beautiful, overwhelming, terrifying, and rewarding all at once. There are days where we don’t know how we survived and days that we want to relive over and over. We are not able to just celebrate any given …

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bounty Parents: 20 gift ideas for children with autism, by a mum of three autistic boys

With one in 70 people with autism, most people know children with autistic, whether they be friends of their children, family members, neighbours – and it can be difficult to know what to buy. Kathrine Peereboom, is a mother of three autistic boys. She is also the founder of Spectrum Support, one of the country’s leading …

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Kidspot: An expert’s guide on Christmas gift ideas for children with autism

With Christmas fast approaching and parents already being whipped into a frenzy over what presents to buy their kids – another issue emerging is for people buying gifts for kids, teens and adults on the autism spectrum.  One in 70 people in Australia are on the autism spectrum and parents, extended family and friends across the country are not sure what to buy them for Christmas. To assist …

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Mum reveals her ongoing struggle at Christmas with three autistic boys

Kathrine remembers a Christmas party last year that was particularly difficult. “We walked into the room and the music was blaring and the lights were flashing and there’s decorations everywhere so my eldest son, Oliver, just walked in and walked straight back out. He had complete sensory overload. We had to follow him and leave …

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