Issue 31: Spring 2016


At AuKids never let it be said that we avoid tackling issues that people feel uncomfortable discussing. If your child permanently has their hands down their trousers, this season's Ask the Experts is for you!

When we read a book that we love, we usually ask the author to write something for us. Jed Baker, author of Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens, writes us a step by step guide to de-sensitising a child from a fear that is getting in the way of their every day life.

Tori and Debby teamed up over a coffee to solve your homework problems. We also share advice on what to do when you lose your temper. Everyone does it, but you might be relieved to know that what you say and do afterwards counts for a lot.

Olga Bogdashina's blog is on a common autistic perceptual difference - fragmented vision. She explains how one dramatic morning led to her understanding why her son became so confused when a tiny detail in his environment changed.

We've also interviewed the brains behind Autcraft, a Minecraft server designed especially for young people on the autism spectrum.

Enjoy our spring issue!


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Table of Contents

Reviews and Prizes

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman; I Am Aspiengirl by Tania Marshall; How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler by Natasha Daniels; The Blue Bottle Mystery graphic novel by Kathy Hoopmann; The Loving Push by Temple Grandin and Debra Moore and Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD Autism Spectrum, Tourette's, Anxiety and More! by Martin L Kutscher. Plus win a Mr Tumble soft toy from Golden Bear.

Ask the Experts: My son thinks his willy is the centre of the universe

Help is given by Dr Heather Mackenzie, Dr Luke Beardon and author Kate Reynolds.

Cause for Alarm? What to do when anxiety gets out of hand

Step by step guide to tackling fear by Jed Baker, director of the Social Skills Training Project in the USA

Homework: How to win the battle without making enemies

To understand the problem that autistic children have with homework we only need to look at the word itself. It requires a child to take a task that they are used to doing it at school and perform it in an unrelated setting. Combined with that is a deadline. Oh good. What can you do? Here's our advice...

Virtual World Becomes Autism Friendly Thanks to Dad's Minecraft Makeover

Dad Stuart Duncan, himself on the spectrum, noticed that parents of autistic Minecraft players were craving a safe haven for their kids. So he created one - Autcraft was the result.

Oops I did it again...

We all shout at our kids sometimes. But when you're wrong do you ever admit it? How mistakes can become a great learning ground for you and your child.

Blogdashina by Olga Bogdashina

The international speaker and author recalls a very personal journey coming to terms with her son's fragmented perception.

Return of the Elusive 'Top Form'

Co-editor Debby Elley shares some honest truths about feeling down in the dumps

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