Autism What Next – Navigating an Autism Diagnosis NDIS

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Join Barb Cook, Nicole Rogerson and Dr James Best with Hireup for a two part series on Autism and the NDIS. This session is on first time autism diagnosis and where to find the right information. Length 58:07:00   Date 10 November 2021 About this recording: Have you/your child recently received an autism diagnosis and you’re …

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Masking and Camouflaging: The Where, When and Why by Barb Cook Developmental Educator

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Autistic people often mask and camouflage as they feel uncomfortable about showing their true selves, or, to avoid standing out in the crowd. This occurs due to a lack of understanding and acceptance of difference within society, and the autistic person feeling they must hide who they really are, in fear of being seen as …

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The Vagus Nerve and the Reason for Starting a New Business

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Social Space Community is a social venture. The organization was established as a recreational hub for young individuals on the autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental conditions to nurture strengths, support social and community participation, facilitate connection with like-minded peers and increase social-emotional well-being for all participants. The idea took shape during my PhD candidature. I …

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What is Yoga and Why Would it Help People on the Autism Spectrum? – Dr Michelle Garnett

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Yoga can be beneficial to people on the Autism Spectrum in a number of ways, including helping us to be more aware of and in tune with our bodies and sense of self. For nearly 30 years, I have specialised in autism, working directly with autistic people as a clinical psychologist. People say to me …

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An Introduction to Self-Advocacy & Self-determination Skills. What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

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by Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc. Neurodivergent people often experience challenges in exercising skills associated with self-determination and self-advocacy. Being pinnacle life skills that drive their success in education, employment, independence and within society, with the right supports, tools and strategies, they can develop high levels of self-determination, providing a firm sense of self-confidence. When neurodivergent …

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Reducing Workplace Stress: Working Together on Self-Care by Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc.

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How often do we hear ourselves saying “I just need to finish this job and then I can take a break”, or “If I can get this project finished, I can then take a couple of days off”? When we tell ourselves this over and over again, without taking action to ‘look after ourselves’, the …

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Autism, Neurodiversity and Employment: Working Together for Positive Futures by Barb Cook, M.Aut.

Autistic people are confronted with an array of barriers in many situations throughout their life. These situations centralise around what general society expects of all people, a one size fits all model, without the distinct consideration of disability, difference and inclusion. With the added individual challenges of effective communication skills, lack of self-advocacy and self-determination …

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