Parenting Perspectives

Scouting and Special Needs

How Can Scouting Help Children with Special Needs?

If you're like I was and have never been involved with scouting, you probably have the impression that scouting is all about camping and testosterone and that there is absolutely no place for children...
advocating autism diagnosis

Why We Need to Advocate Against Our Children’s Labels

One of the quieter moments in the much maligned Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace, is the first conversation between Padme and Anakin. Listening to him talking about his past, she suddenly exclaims in...

Shopping Can Be More “Kid-Friendly”

One of the big news stories in Australia a while back, was about a shopping centre which had decided to "ban" badly behaved children.  It was a move which had parenting groups up in...

Sibling Rivalry Can Be a Positive

Part of the genetic makeup of any siblings seems to be that there is some sort of rivalry between them. I have a brother, and we were competitive when we were living in the...

Emotional Interpretation of Children with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs and particularly parents of children on the autism spectrum, are often led to believe that their child has "no emotions or no empathy". Unfortunately, this is a stereotype based...

Managing Expectations and Reactions During Visits and Gift Exchange

There are several occasions when we are expected to give and receive gifts, with Christmas being one of the most obvious. At these times, often parents and children are judged for their "poor" child...

Teaching Your Special Needs Child to Swim

I've heard it said that it's best to get your child into swimming lessons as early as possible. In fact, age one was suggested within our mother's group. As it turned out, this was poor...

Help Your Child See Past their Own Point of View

Most children struggle with understanding another's point of view. It has long been thought that people with autism have "no empathy" and it's really only now that this concept is beginning to be understood. These children...

Discipline and Kids with Special Needs

Current thinking suggests that spanking and shouting are not acceptable forms of discipline but show me a parent who has done neither and I'll show you one who has either given birth to a...

Teaching Basic Life Skills to your Special Needs Children

Lets face it. As a parent, you simply won't be around for your child's entire lifetime.  Sooner or later your child is going to have to become independent and the earlier you start teaching...