Empathy Vs. Discipline.. or is it? [Podcast]

So you have two parenting styles to choose from right? Empathy or Discipline. Well, no. In this episode we Define and discuss the three types of empathy and two types of discipline. Dismantle the polarisation of Empathy and Discipline Show how they can constructively work together. Additionally, discipline has an unwarranted reputation for being “negative” […]

Understanding Anxiety [Podcast]

An in-depth analysis of anxiety. We discuss the latest research on causes, healthy vs unhealthy, various types of anxiety disorders and evidence based treatment. We also look at ways families can support someone with an anxiety problem. Specific details are described about the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety. Tips to help […]

National Guidelines for Autism Diagnosis: Help or Hindrance?

Having publicly praised the initiative and work leading up to the release of the National Guidelines for diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I had high expectations.  I viewed them with hope.  I thought they might help tidy up the current mess that is ASD diagnosis.  Mis-diagnosis of ASD is rife.  Huge variation exists across clinicians […]

Timely call from the Australian Medical Association on Autism assessment and early intervention

The launch of this critical position statement from the Australian Medical Assiciation (AMA) is most welcome. It is also timely given that the annual conference for the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) begins in Perth tomorrow. Again, across both the clinical and scientific communities we are hearing repeated calls for: 1. Earlier detection of […]

Call for a more standardised approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment!

Alan Jones of radio 2GB Sydney spoke with Professor Andrew Whitehouse and later myself this morning regarding ASD assessment and diagnosis. I think it is important to make this discussion as public as possible and lobby for a standardised assessment process across the country given the timing of the NDIS. Some points to consider: Unlike […]