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Homebase Hope: All About Autism
53 minutes | a year ago
HBH 43: Defiance & Challenging Behaviours with Ariella Lew
Welcome to the very last episode of Homebase Hope. What a journey it has been! I have loved every minute of this podcast – from the interviews to the editing – knowing that this is a resource that will live on forever for parents of children on the spectrum. I started this podcast to reach more parents and to give you a smorgasbord of ideas and interventions – so you can pick and choose what works for you and your family (and what doesn’t)….because there is not a one-size fits all approach to the complexities of autism. I hope that you have gotten as much out of it as I have. Thank you for your support. You are all amazing. Today, in our last conversation, we are talking to Ariella Lew – a qualified paediatric nurse and Director of Kids on Track Consultancy, based in Melbourne. Ariella specialises in child’s behaviour and is simply incredible. We dive into defiance and the kids who say ‘no’ to everything, or simply refuse to follow instructions. How can we best support them? How can we change our thinking? This final episode is not to be missed….. See you on the flip side guys. Head to @homebasehope on Instagram to continue to follow my personal journey. Big love xxxx Kids On Track: Website: https://www.kidsontrackconsultancy.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kidsontrackconsultancy/ The post HBH 43: Defiance & Challenging Behaviours with Ariella Lew appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
45 minutes | a year ago
HBH 42: Big Feelings And Self Regulation with Katie Crosby
Today we are talking about one of the most important topics I think we can cover – big feelings and self regulation! It doesn’t matter what age or stage your child is at, this podcast is going to be relevant. I’m super excited to be speaking with Katie Crosby – an Occupational Therapist based in the States. Katie specialises in emotions, behaviours and relationships through the lifespan. I connected with Katie over Instagram (as you do these days) and I was just blown away by her wealth of knowledge and how much brilliant content she shares with her community. So if your on Instagram go check her out @thrivinglittles. Get ready to open your mind and learn how to think differently when it comes to your child’s ‘big emotions’….. The post HBH 42: Big Feelings And Self Regulation with Katie Crosby appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
68 minutes | a year ago
HBH 41: Puberty & Relationships On The Spectrum
Masturbation, erections, orgasms, puberty and sexual relations are NOT taboo in this podcast episode!! We cover it all in an open conversation with Nelle Francis, special needs educator and mum to a 29-year-old autistic son. We talk about how puberty presents in both girls and boys on the spectrum, common vulnerabilities, how to initiate these difficult conversations with your child (because they need to know the facts!) and practical strategies to support your child during these major life transitions. Above all, Nelle will give you SO many things to think about…..things you have never even considered! Join us – not matter what age or stage your child is at….trust me, you need to hear this! The post HBH 41: Puberty & Relationships On The Spectrum appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
61 minutes | a year ago
HBH 40: Sensory Processing Disorder – The Lived Experience with Allison Davies
Today we are talking all about sensory processing disorder and I am thrilled to be talking to Allison Davies on this topic! Allison is a Neurologic Music Therapist, educator, advocate and speaker. She has 15 years experience working as both a therapist and educator in childhood intervention and aged care, and specialises in anxiety and meltdown management. Allison is also autistic and has sensory processing disorder. The post HBH 40: Sensory Processing Disorder – The Lived Experience with Allison Davies appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
41 minutes | a year ago
HBH 39: Calming The Chaos At Homebase
You can go to all the therapy sessions in the world, but at the end of the day if the family home environment isn’t functioning well…..therapy certainly won’t be as helpful! Meet Sharon Collon. She’s an ADHD coach passionate about helping parents create home environments that are functional and joyful and by streamlining the day to day tasks with innovative systems and routines, you can get back time for the important things like enjoying your children. Sharon’s husband and eldest son have severe ADHD. She tried everything for her son; occupational therapy, speech therapy, GAPS Diet, RPA Diet, Paleo Diet, Integrative Paediatricians, Developmental Paediatricians, Child Psychologists, cutting out all colours and preservatives, behavioural therapy and then different medications. Everything helped to a certain degree but home life was exhausting. So Sharon began developing routines to try and make my home life easier. She noticed that the more routined and organised her family became the calmer the ADHD family members were. Listen in to learn more about how Sharon has calmed the chaos at home and all about her course that can help you do the same. The post HBH 39: Calming The Chaos At Homebase appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
60 minutes | a year ago
HBH 38: Time To Train The Brain with Jeremy Samson
Today we are talking to Jeremy Samson who has turned his tough childhood experience into a learning program for children on the autism spectrum. As a kid, Jeremy had trouble understanding sarcasm and jokes. He says his brain worked in a curious way that often got him into trouble. He was bullied and he engaged in self injurious behaviours such as head banging. Eventually testing revealed why Jeremy found life more challenging than other kids his age, he had Aspergers syndrome. Jeremy’s mother, his greatest support and mentor, explored many avenues (traditional and non-traditional) to support his development. Based on the programs and experiences Jeremy had growing up and based on his extensive research in the area, Jeremy founded ‘Time 2 Train’ – an internationally recognised program for autism, health and fitness. The program is based on the understanding of neuroplasticity and not only has benefits for fitness and emotional management but also in clarity of thoughts and concentration The post HBH 38: Time To Train The Brain with Jeremy Samson appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
45 minutes | a year ago
HBH 37: Making Sense Of SPD
So what really is SPD? Today we dive deep into Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), what it can look like and what you can do to help your child. We uncover the different subtypes of SPD; sensory modulation disorder, sensory-based motor disorder and sensory discrimination disorder. I’m chatting with two energetic and insightful Occupational Therapy Assistants – Rachel and Jessica. Can’t wait for you to join us on the inside! The post HBH 37: Making Sense Of SPD appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
57 minutes | a year ago
HBH 36: Supplements & Nutritional Supports with Peter Mullen
As we become more interested in a whole body, whole child approach to autism, it becomes important to look at what is happening at a biological level. Good food is good for everyone, we know that. But what kinds of nutritional supplementation may be beneficial for kids on the autism spectrum? What kinds of dietary modifications can be made? And where do we start? Today I chat with a renowned Australian Naturopath, Peter Mullen who specialises in working with children, where we talk about immune dysregulation, detoxification and nutritional supplementation including fish oil, probiotics, Vitamin D, glutathione, zinc….PLUS SO MUCH MORE! The post HBH 36: Supplements & Nutritional Supports with Peter Mullen appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 35: ADHD – Beyond The Maze With Paula Burgess
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD or if you think your child fits the ADHD criteria, or even if you’re noticing signs of hyperactivity and inattention…then this podcast is for you! Today we talk all about the behaviour you may see in a child with ADHD and what strategies you can use at home, classroom hacks and how to improve focus, the social impacts of ADHD, the positive qualities and how to use a strengths-based model. I’ll be chatting with Paula Burgess. Paula is the founder of Beyond The Maze – where she works with parents and children affected by ADHD. Paula believes that if we help the community to understand and accept ADHD …..then we will not only open more opportunities, but we will give our kids permission to fly. Paula was driven to make a change in the world after her son was diagnosed with ADHD. The post HBH 35: ADHD – Beyond The Maze With Paula Burgess appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
54 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 34: Oxidative Stress, Mitochondria & Autism
Oxidative stress & mitochondria; what on earth are they and how do they relate to autism? Today we are going to make sense of this in really easy to understand language. No need to dust off the old textbook, just listen in to find out the latest research in this area. Today’ you’ll learn what environmental factors trigger oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction and you’ll be empowered with ways to improve your child’s health today! Today I am talking with the incredible Rhonda Muller. Rhonda is a professional with first-hand experience. She’s been where you are now. With a combination of diet, nutritional medicine, behavioural, main stream and natural therapies, the health & development of her autistic son improved 10 fold. The post HBH 34: Oxidative Stress, Mitochondria & Autism appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
53 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 33: Autistic Females & A Late Diagnosis
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an autistic female? Or what’s it like to receive a diagnosis later in life? If so, buckle up, because today we are soaking up the lived experiences of the insightful Kristy Forbes! Kristy dives deep into her personal journey, why she prefers ‘autistic’ over ‘person with autism’, if there is a fundamental difference between males and females on the spectrum and the neurodiversity movement. Kristy Forbes is an autism and neurodiversity support specialist and the Director of inTune Pathways. Kristy was diagnosed autistic at 33 years. She is raising 4 beautiful daughters who are also diagnosed autistic. The post HBH 33: Autistic Females & A Late Diagnosis appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 32: Feeding Fussy Eater with Ashley Thurn
Hands up if you have a little fussy eater? Does your child only eat beige, bland carb-loaded foods? Or are they limited to certain brands? Maybe they will only tolerate crunchy foods? Do they survive on a diet of 20 or less different types of food? Do they crave junk food? Then this episode is for you! Today we are talking all about fussy eater and how to kick picky eating habits to the curb! I’ll be talking with Ashley Thurn, who is a paediatric occupational therapist and picky eating specialist based in Florida. Ashely has a background in sensory related paediatric feeding issues and is passionate about exploring how food and environmental factors impact brain development, especially for children with Autism and ADHD. The post HBH 32: Feeding Fussy Eater with Ashley Thurn appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
58 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 31: Making School A Success with Sue Larkey
Today we are soaking up all the practical advice and insights into how to make school a success, with the amazing Sue Larkey. We dive into anxiety, transitions, adjustments for tests, sensory tools and SO MUCH MORE! I have subscribed to Sue’s newsletter 7 years ago when I had my first pediatric caseload at a special development school down in Victoria. I’ve always loved Sue’s ideas because they’re super practical – and she makes everything make sense! Sue Larkey is an educator who has taught students with autism at both mainstream primary schools and special education schools. She combines practical experience with extensive research having completed a Masters in Special Education. If your child is at school – then this is one episode you don’t want to miss! The post HBH 31: Making School A Success with Sue Larkey appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
42 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 30: Dear Teachers, What I Wish You Knew with Princess Aspien
Chloe Hayden, better known as Princess Aspien, is a 21 year old girl with Aspergers Syndrome. Chloe struggled throughout her childhood and early teenage years feeling outcast and unable to connect with anyone. She suffered relentless bullying at school which landed her in hospital. When Chole was 18, she came to the realisation that she wasn’t the only child who had gone through these similar experiences. Chloe talks about what school life was REALLY like, how homeschooling changed her life in an instant, what she wishes teachers knew about her, how teachers can support autistic kids to thrive and so much more! The post HBH 30: Dear Teachers, What I Wish You Knew with Princess Aspien appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
82 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 29: Unapologetically Autistic with Agony Autie
Sara Harvey aka Agony Autie is autistic and was diagnosed at the age of 26 after her sons diagnosis. Sara is completely unguarded when it comes to advocating for the neurodiverse. She openly and courageously shares what’s in her heart and on her mind. Sara is shedding light on autistic behaviours and the different experiences being autistic entails. We talk all about her personal experiences, how she describes autism, what the neurodiverse movement is all about, why masking is so damaging, and why stimming should not be discouraged. Buckle up…..and join us for one exciting ride! The post HBH 29: Unapologetically Autistic with Agony Autie appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
72 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 28: Navigating The Chemical Maze
When the brain and body are overloaded with toxins they don’t have the opportunity to function optimally. Our modern day world is full of chemicals which although are often hard to avoid, there is a great deal you can be doing to safely navigate the chemical maze. We conversation dives deep into the common toxic chemicals (‘fragrances’, phthalates & fluoride) you should be avoiding plus the everyday products you should be thinking twice about! This is one episode you can’t miss – because friends, the strategies shared in today’s episode are within your control. Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Bill Statham. Bill is a researcher and writer with an interest in health education and a commitment to making a positive difference to the health of people and the environment. Bill studied and practised homeopathy both in Australia and the UK for over ten years. During this time he became increasingly concerned about the detrimental effects on health caused by synthetic chemicals in the foods we eat and cosmetic products we use every day. The post HBH 28: Navigating The Chemical Maze appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
49 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 27: Techno Tantrums, Safe Screen Time And Raising Our Kids In A Digital World
Kids on the spectrum are drawn to digital devices, and lets face it, many kids prefer the virtual world over the real world. Electronic devices can provide predictability where kids feel safe, secure and can play a game tailored to their current interest. This sounds far more appealing than the real world which is full of unpredictability, judgement, misunderstandings, sensory overload and constant social challenges. But the tricky thing is trying to limit screen time and take back a device when time is up. This can trigger all sorts of meltdowns and behaviours. Today, we’ll be diving into techno tantrums, safe screen time and practical advice on how to manage things like social media. I’m super excited to be talking with Dr. Kristy Goodwin. Kristy is a children’s technology and development expert, speaker, author & mum. She takes the guesswork and guilt out of raising kids in the digital age and arms parents with facts, not fears, about the best ways to parent when it comes to technology. The post HBH 27: Techno Tantrums, Safe Screen Time And Raising Our Kids In A Digital World appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 26: The eyes are useless when the mind is blind- Unlearning What We Know About Autism
We need to look at autism through a completely different lense. We need to unlearn what we have known to be true. We need to challenge deeply ingrained belief systems and embrace a whole child approach to the complexities of autism. Today it’s just you and me! I chat about how my understanding of autism was challenged when I stepped out of my therapy bubble and started to look beyond the information that was handed to me. I show you why the confusing history of autism means we need to keep our minds open to interventions that don’t necessarily address ‘autism’. I discuss epigenetics and why our divided autism community needs to work together…now more than ever before. The post HBH 26: The eyes are useless when the mind is blind- Unlearning What We Know About Autism appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
68 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 25: Lifestyle Matters For Autism- Exploring Epigenetics with Shandy Laskey
We know genes play a major role in autism, but are you aware that autism is also heavily influenced by environmental factors? The more we learn about autism as an epigenetic condition – the more we start to realise that lifestyle really matters! This is a really empowering model to work from – because it means you can make a difference. We know there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the complexities of autism but there are simple and effective strategies that ALL children can benefit from such as eating real food, restoring gut health and eliminating chemicals from around the home. Tune in today as we talk to (the incredibly passionate) Shandy Laskey who will empower you with the knowledge and tools to make health promoting changes and help your child reach their full potential! The post HBH 25: Lifestyle Matters For Autism- Exploring Epigenetics with Shandy Laskey appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
HBH 24: Creating An “I Can” Network With Chris Varney
Does your child often feel isolated and have low self esteem? Chris Varney is 31 years old and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He grew up with a group of mentors who pushed him to think ‘I CAN’ and is driving a rethink of autism, from ‘I Can’t’ to ‘I CAN’!! In today’s episode Chris empowers you with ways to support your child at school and work – to boost their confidence and help them reach their full potential. Chris is the founder of the I CAN Network. The I CAN Network mentors young people on the Autism Spectrum to live life with an ‘I CAN’ attitude. They build networks across schools, universities, TAFEs, communities, businesses and governments. This is Australia’s first social enterprise founded by people with Autism! The post HBH 24: Creating An “I Can” Network With Chris Varney appeared first on The Wellness Couch.
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