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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

“Understanding and supporting my child with Autism Spectrum Disorder” is an information handout about Autism Spectrum Disorder for parents, carers and teachers.

All the information enclosed will help parents, carers and teachers to firstly understand what ASD is and how it might affect their child or a child they care for. For those awaiting a diagnosis, it will also cover what to look for in the professional who might complete this assessment.

The handout will then look to address ways to help your child in the following areas:

  • Language and communication
  • Play and interaction
  • Using visuals and schedules to assist learning, communication and behaviour
  • Using praise and rewards to motivate your child
  • Ways to prioritise parental self-care

About Claire:

I’m Dr. Claire Conlon and I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience from both the UK and Ireland. I fell in love with psychology whilst working in Great Ormond Street Hospital over 10 years ago and have not looked back since. I studied psychology as an Undergraduate, before completing a Masters in Psychology and obtaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

When providing support for parents and children, I draw on attachment theory, developmental psychology, infant mental health, mindful parenting, behavioural support, and cognitive behavioural therapy. I also provide much-needed support for parents around coping with being a parent and the added pressure of additional stress, trauma or parenting a child with physical, medical, neurobiological or additional needs.

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