Published Sunday, May 28, 2017 by

ASD & SEND Roundup #26

weekly round up of autism and special needs blog posts & articles

This week I was invited to join Autistica & IBM for a day of exploring how advances in technology could be used to help people with language and communication difficulties. This technology is already being used to help treat cancer and is being trialled to detect early dementia based on speech patterns. The promise of what this could mean for helping people interpret the world around them, or even help in the diagnosis process, was pretty exciting. I am looking forward to what comes next. I'd love to hear from you if you have an idea about the language and communication challenges you would tackle if you have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.

The news that NHS SW London has been discussing the idea of limiting autism diagnosis to those who also have a mental health issue has been spreading this week, and has been causing much concern to everyone in the autism community. I am closely following this news story as I believe that if the idea if allowed to become a reality, it sets a very dangerous precedent for everywhere else. You can follow the story via my FB post or Twitter moment, as I will be updating these as the story develops.

This week I have been reading the posts from Steph Nimmo of Was this in the Plan. Steph is in one of the boroughs which would be impacted by the NHS SW London decision, her post on needing to increase not reduce services is worth reading as she brings to life the importance of having a diagnosis.

With the Bank holiday and the sunshine, I hope that you are able to find a moment for yourself and recharge for the week ahead.

Helen xx

Articles included in the roundup this week:
  • How mentally unwell does my child need to be to get an ASD assessment? 
  • Diagnosing autism - services need to be increased, not reduced. 
  • Know when to stop flogging the dead horse. 
  • Communicating without words 
  • Meltdowns 
  • Fidget Spinners: Good Or Bad For Kids' Concentration? 
  • Silent Sunday 
  • Why Playing The Autism Diagnosis Lottery May Be Getting Even Harder 
  • Why Diversity Can Be Bad For Business (And Inclusion Is The Answer) 
  • The difficulties that get overlooked when your autistic child is verbal 
  • The Meaning of a Meltdown - Someone's Mum 
  • 9 Things To Keep In Mind When The Going Gets Tough 
  • SEND Round-up: Undiagnosed & fitting in | BritMums 
  • 13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down 
  • I Am Breaking. They Are Breaking Me. 
  • The impact of one special day 
  • We are all different, not less. 
  • To Every Exhausted Mom Out There, You Are Enough. 
  • For The Mom Headed Into Her First IEP Meeting - Not The Former Things 
  • Autism Events - ASD Workshops and Seminars in London and Nationwide