Issue 37: Autumn 2017


A bumper issue with some very special guests! Why do autistic people struggle with eye contact? We asked a number of adults with autism to answer this question personally, as well as approaching intensive interaction expert Phoebe Caldwell for her perspective.

Autistic author Michael Barton takes centre stage in our popular Inside Angle feature, where he discusses literal thinking and how to help literal thinkers.

Autism is often defined as having three core traits - difficulty with communication, social interaction and imagination. The imagination element is often very confusing and poorly explained - AuKids puts that right with some clear thinking on the subject.

My Son's Not Rainman comedian John Williams performs his last show for AuKids this November and we feature a hilarious extract from his book of the same title, plus a chance to win a signed copy.

Our biggest ever give away is an illuminated POD - it inflates in 40 seconds, creating a sensory room that you can take anywhere!

Plus we have lots of hints and tips for Christmas and other fantastic prizes. We really do end the year on a high!

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Table of Contents

Reviews and Prizes

Talk: Peter Vermeulen hosted by Autism Oxford; Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig; Autism in My Family - A Journal for Siblings by Sandra Tucker; Baking for Dave by Melissa Palmer; TV comedy Atypical. Prizes - Design and Drill from Learning Resources

Ask the Experts: Why Doesn't My Daughter Make Eye Contact with People?

Answers from Autism trainer (and adult with autism) Alex Lowery; Intensive Interaction expert Phoebe Caldwell, Wendy Katz - a writer for The Mighty; Autism advocate Tim Tuff plus cartoon by Alis Rowe aka The Girl with the Curly Hair

Why Parents are the Real Therapists

When you attend speech and language therapy, you may expect a clinical atmosphere - and you may be surprised by how relaxed it is. Speech and Language Therapist Tori Houghton explains what really happens in sessions, and why

Have Yourself An Autism Friendly Christmas

Top tips for the big day written by the AuKids gang

Christmas review - The Nanoleaf Aurora

A new sensory lighting system has hit the market and co-editor/parent Debby Elley puts it to the test

Win a POD worth £899 with AuKids!

Our big Christmas giveaway is a luminous, portable POD tent, a perfect instant environment for children with autism.

You're Off the Hook for Christmas! (Even if your stocking isn't)

Debby Elley reflects on Christmas social expectations, and firmly ditches them.

The Inside Angle: The Confusing World of Metaphors, by Michael Barton

Author of It's Raining Cats and Dogs and A Different Kettle of Fish, Michael Barton explains how others can make the world an easier place for literal thinkers.

Lads and Dads

WHEN your son is autistic, life isn’t quite what you thought it would be. But the dads we know have found plenty of ways to bond in a blokey way, even if it’s not playing keepy uppies in the park! Here are some great examples from our readers to make you smile…

My Son's Not Rainman: The Finale

John Williams is a dad and stand-up comic, who is performing his show My Son's Not Rainman in aid of AuKids this November. Here, we share an extract from his book of the same title, with a chance to win a signed copy.

Autism's Mystery Ingredient

When we learn the definition of autism, three key elements are mentioned, but only two of them are generally well explained. Problems with communication and social interaction are relatively easy to understand, but what exactly does ‘imagination’ refer to? Is it the same as Flexibility of Thought?

New Cat on the Block: Guest colum by Ernie the Cat

Debby Elley has a new cat called Ernie, who gives his own perspective on living with autistic twins.

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