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Welcome to The Why!   Why do we need to do these things in the way we do to get the right results?   In order to understand this obviously we're going to talk a lot about autism.   Not everything about autism, there are plenty of websites and books doing just that in great depth, we're just going to look at the bits that are relevant to the task in hand.

We're also going to talk a bit about people, and I bet you learn something new about yourself too.   Hopefully you'll also see how you would probably do the same things your child does that cause you such problems if you were in their position.   Once you understand that, and you think about what would help you in those situations, maybe we can apply some of your ideas to your child.

I won't go into too much detail, just enough to give you the understanding you need to support your child creatively, but I will point you towards other resources on the web should you wish to know more about a particular area.

We'll think about time, have a look at learning styles (with a chance to understand your own), take a peep at the relevant parts of the triad of impairments, delve into the world of sensory integration, explore anxiety and its many sources, and I'll even throw in a bit of psychology for goodOur Supports measure.   As we go you'll see how all of these things are interlinked.

We know that many people with autism have difficulties with communication, information processing, time, memory etc.   But so do we all!   That's why we have diaries, address books, shopping lists, calendars, maps & satnavs, recipe books, the list goes on.   How well could you function beyond tomorrow if you lost your phone or diary?   We all need visual supports!

Behaviour is a form of communication, not a very pleasant one and usually a last resort.   That goes for most people, for the person exhibiting the behaviour as well as those on the receiving end.   We just need to understand the message.