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Sue Larkey enlightens, and entertains with valuable insights into Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ODD and PDA. Covering strategies from the Early Years to Teens Years and Beyond.

To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my websites below.
Australian website: https://suelarkey.com.au
Rest of the world: https://www.autismspectrumelearning.com/

Join Sue as she shares simple yet effective tips, supports and strategies on a range of topics including social skills, communication and positive behaviour support.

Sue Larkey is uniquely positioned within the education system having taught both as a primary school teacher and a special education teacher. She combines this practical experience with extensive research, having completed a Masters in Special Education and currently undertaking a Doctorate of Education, focusing on inclusive education.

Sue is unashamedly passionate about her mission – to inspire parents and educators and teach them how to Make it a Success.
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My rant about the amount of kids with ASD being sent out of the classroom, sent to the office, sent home or suspended from school per year and my thoughts about teaching emotional literacy to help reduce these incredible numbers through better emotional regulation. Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-044-warning-this-is-me-ranting To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au
For all children, a good night's sleep is necessary in order to learn effectively the next day. Research has found that two thirds of children with autism have sleep problems, fragmented sleep and early awakenings. I recently did a poll on my Facebook page here most parents identified the issue for them was going to sleep. Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-043-16-key-strategies-for-sleep To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au
Nocturnal enuresis is involuntary urination while asleep. This can be very challenging for kids with autism, and their families and carers. Most kids aren’t able to stay dry through the night until they’re 5 or older because their bladders are too small, they lack muscle control, or they sleep too soundly to sense when their bladders are full. The best thing for you and your family to do would be to try to tackle nighttime toileting. However, I am aware that some of you have tried everything available and had no luck. I have put some bedding strategies below to try and make it slightly more manageable. Over the years I have found that nighttime toileting and sleep issues are often interconnected, so I have put some strategies for sleep below. PLEASE remember that a combination of strategies is often the best way forward!   Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-042-bedwetting-and-nighttime-toileting To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au
It is through play that young children learn about and make sense of the world. They experiment with being a Mum or Dad as they act out what they have observed in daily life, e.g. feeding the baby and going to the shops. As children play they develop their cognitive and motor skills, increase their communication and social ability and above all have fun. Play for young children with autism is frequently centered on repetitive actions, e.g. spinning car wheels rather than pushing the car, lining blocks up rather than building towers. They don’t seem to know how to do what comes instinctively to other children. A young child with autism needs to be taught how to play step by step. Be dramatic as you play with your child in order to attract and maintain their attention. Add to the richness of the play by making noises, e.g. ball going down (wheee) doll crying (waa), car horn (beep, beep). Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-041-the-importance-of-play-for-all-ages-and-stages To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au
Sometimes you need to be a detective to recognise sensory difficulties as the underlying cause of a problem. If possible see an Occupational Therapist as they are great at assessing the child’s sensory processing. Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  slp-040-understanding-sensory-processing-disorders To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au
Special interests, fixations and self-stimulation are often a very important part of life for someone with autism. They are usually their only form of relaxation and down time. Special interests and fixations often give the child something they can control and is predictable to them, bringing order to their world. Special interests can include drawing, Lego, Minecraft, Music, YouTube and so much more. Self-stimulation can be more sensory based like rocking, hand flapping, twirling, vocal stimming and more. If you are unsure what their special interest or self-stimulation is, watch what the child is doing when they are left alone. These can often be quite bizarre – over the years I have seen collecting bottle tops, filtering tan bark, fans, lights, light bulbs and vacuum cleaners. It is very important that we have in place the rules and routines around special interests, as they find it hard to finish and self-regulate. Special interests should also be used to motivate and engage students. By using a child’s special interest we can teach them just about anything! Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-039-using-special-interests-to-motivate-engage/ To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au
Some Q & A and general information for Teachers Assistants or as I alike to call them my 'Angels'. Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-038-teacher-assistant-appreciation-week/ To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au
Dr Tony Attwood, world renowned psychologist on Asperger’s Syndrome / High-Functioning Autism, has written a number of best selling books. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals and The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome are in over 22 languages and are world best selling books for ASD. I always find Tony’s workshops and resources practical, informative and engaging.   Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-037-dr-tony-attwood/ To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below.
Puberty is part of natural development for all children. Puberty usually starts in girls around 10-11 and boys 11-12. Menstruation for girls typically occurs between 12 and 13, while voice changes for boys is often around 15. We ALL need to have on-going discussions with the child and this is where having both home and school helping the child’s understanding is vital. Boys and girls need to know about their changes and changes in the opposite sex too (particularly, if they have opposite sex siblings or are at co-ed schools). It is important to start sharing this information with them before the changes occur otherwise the children may worry that something is wrong with them. I know some parents who talk about the changes before they happen and then as they happen their children tell them and they celebrate! Open, honest and on-going information is most effective, and not too much information all at once! That being said some children want to know everything and that is where books can be wonderful.   Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-036-puberty-preparing-for-success-at-home-and-school/ To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au/
Have you noticed these signs in a child you know: Unorganised, often loses or forgets homework Rarely completes tests on time and leaves multiple questions unanswered on timed exams Can't perform simple maths problems, sequences and calculations Turns in incomplete homework because they don't understand the instructions Need a quiet area to study and is often distracted by background noise Lacks focus with reading and taking notes Tries to avoid multi-step problems Needs extra time to make decisions This child might have slow processing speed. This means they may have difficulty remembering instructions in the classroom or retaining important details for an assignment or exam. These children are often labelled “dumb” or “lazy” when they are often very intelligent, but don’t process information as quickly as their classmates. This can lead to anxiety as it impacts on their ability to engage in learning. So it is important to put in place accommodations so they don’t feel like they are struggling. Understanding the link between anxiety and slow processing speed helps you to best support the child and for the child to know why they may take longer than their peers. Join the facebook group specifically for this podcast - https://www.facebook.com/groups/suelarkeypodcastcommunity/ Show notes for this podcast are at:  https://suelarkey.com.au/slp-035-slow-processing-speed-what-is-it-what-to-do/ To learn more about teaching or understanding ASD please visit my website below. https://elearning.suelarkey.com.au/
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toffeesock

I can't stress enough how much your podcasts are helping me - much more than if I read the same information in a book or on a website. Thank you so much for presenting your wealth of expertise in this format.

Nov 27th
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