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Parenting with confidence: An area that Enda constantly speaks about: the importance of being able to parent your child in society. How to get out there and enjoy your family 

Conor goes canvassing with Hildegarde

By |2020-02-02T17:13:28+00:00January 30th, 2020|4. Parenting, 5. Questions answered, 6. Sport and autism, 7. In the media, 8. Advocacy, 9. All posts|

Conor goes canvassing with Hildegarde: Autism power! Hildegarde Naughton at work For anyone that knows Val and I, they will know we place huge importance on making sure our boys stay active in the community and understand the importance of giving back. And where best can anyone do this, than to participate [...]

Autism conquers ocean racing

By |2019-09-11T04:57:35+00:00August 6th, 2019|4. Parenting, 6. Sport and autism, 9. All posts|

Conor takes on the sea: autism conquers ocean racing! As many of you know, Conor and his sailing team had been busy preparing for another major sports challenge: To be the first Aphasic autistic adult to helm a racing cruiser in a major ocean race. This endeavor has been followed by several blogs written [...]

Autism no limits, Conor takes on Galway Bay

By |2019-07-22T17:11:29+00:00May 14th, 2019|4. Parenting, 6. Sport and autism, 7. In the media, 9. All posts|

For those who are regular readers of my blogs, speaking about the abilities of autistic children is a common theme. And in many of these blogs you will see sport pop up frequently particularly as we head into the summer months, as we are now. These blogs cover a host of outdoor (and some [...]

Helping kids with autism to speak their mind: RTE brainstorm

By |2018-05-08T15:03:23+00:00May 8th, 2018|4. Parenting, 7. In the media|

Helping kids with autism to speak their mind Opinion: to mark World Autism Awareness Day, Enda Dodd talks about the tools which have helped his kids communicate a way out of the isolation of autism For those who have come to know our family around the world, they will tell you that we invest [...]

Opportunities in autism

By |2018-04-10T10:56:01+00:00April 9th, 2018|4. Parenting, 5. Questions answered, 9. All posts|

Opportunity comes in strange places Many people today ask me how I knew the boys were intelligent as toddlers. I remember back in those early days when the only difference between the boys’ assessments were the degree of how bad it was going to be. And by this time in my career, I had spent over [...]

Managing Children’s Behavior in Public: 5 Strategies that work!

By |2018-01-30T18:07:42+00:00January 30th, 2018|4. Parenting, 9. All posts|

Managing children’s behavior in public is a timeless struggle for parents. Having a child throw a major temper tantrum or act out in a public place, like Wal-Mart or Chili’s, is a horrifying event that most parents experience at least once, if not repeatedly with preschool and elementary children. It does not have to [...]

Managing behaviors and the token economy

By |2018-08-22T11:20:18+00:00January 30th, 2018|2. Therapies, 4. Parenting, 9. All posts|

Once we got the boys communicating through our work with Disney videos, we needed to get their behavior under control. A wonderful therapist who worked largely with the deaf community recommended a token economy. It saved our lives! Here are some of the basics..... Token Economy "One of the most important technologies of behaviour [...]

Sport and the language impaired child.

By |2018-05-15T13:18:44+00:00November 3rd, 2017|4. Parenting, 5. Questions answered, 6. Sport and autism, 9. All posts|

As parents of language deficient children we know how incredibly isolating this condition can be. Yet a great many children with this and related disorders like autism can be highly visual and with the right strategies can participate in and grow from exposure to sports. While our boys were clearly very visual, they were globally [...]

Shopping with an Autistic child: Dealing with awkward situations

By |2017-11-18T21:32:47+00:00November 2nd, 2017|4. Parenting, 5. Questions answered, 9. All posts|

Feel you can't go shopping with your autistic child? As parents of language impaired children with the kind of behaviors that this brings, I frequently get asked about family activities. We all live in a society that is constantly checking the P's and Q's of life, what is acceptable and what is not. Despite all [...]

Autism, parenting and learning readiness.

By |2017-10-30T20:19:53+00:00September 10th, 2017|4. Parenting, 5. Questions answered, 9. All posts|

Autism, communication and parenting: our journey to learning readiness.   One of the most frequent questions I get asked by parents is 'how do I get my son to co-operate with me?'. If I were to translate this question into a term more familiar to teachers, it would be how to get 'instructional control' [...]