Just over a year ago, I was privileged to be invited to the offices of the wonderful Sunshine Support team to take part in a training video for GP’s, organised by Cathie Long, an Autistic/ADHD social worker, and good friend of mine. This training video was sponsored by Health Education England and was intended to provide advice and guidance to General Practitioners when working with Autistic adults.
The story of Noah really highlights how, with the right support, autistic young people can flourish, and how self-esteem and confidence can be developed in a way that taps into the positive aspects of being autistic.
The inspiration for this blog article came from three separate directions. First, I have noticed on many Facebook group forums that young girls have not been given a diagnosis because ‘they don’t meet the Part B criteria of the DSM 5’ or that they have never even reached the point of being assessed because they [...]
Parents disagreeing about the need for exploration/identification of Autism in a child or young person, is possibly one of the most frustrating and anxiety provoking situations that diagnosing clinicians face. It is inevitable that parents will have different styles of parenting, often based upon their own experiences and family influences. It is also sadly inevitable [...]
The impact of COVID 19 lockdowns on children’s development and the early identification of possible Autism. As a company, we have not historically tended to assess children under the age of four for possible Autism. The reason for this was because, in the past, very small children with developmental or speech delay tended to be [...]
We have received a number of enquiries recently from people concerned about changes to the DSM 5 Autism diagnostic criteria. For those who are not aware, the DSM, (which stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), is the guideline where the criteria for diagnosing Autism are written down. The DSM is the American [...]
Article Updated - September 2022 Since this article was first written in 2017 we have published two journal articles related to PDA. The first is titled "Modification of the Coventry Grid Interview (Flackhill et al, 2017) to include the Pathological Demand Avoidant profile" The second is titled "An exploration of the Pathological (or Extreme) Demand [...]
This article is an update of our original article written in 2017 – long before we, and our children, were faced with the prospect of COVID 19 and the associated disruptions to school and everyday life. I am talking about about Autism and anxiety, an issue which has taken on a new meaning in the [...]