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 […]

Theatre Performance – Kaleidoscope

Annie’s Centre is pleased to share information about an autism-friendly performance, “Kaleidoscope”, that is showing at Sydney Festival in January. The performance is inspired by the experiences of Ethan, a boy who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. On stage, Ethan is joined by five circus performers and together they explore the beauty of his world […]

Our team has expanded!

We have some exciting news to share – the Psychology team at Annie’s Centre is growing! There are now 6 Psychologists, who are all thrilled to be part of the team! The Psychology team now consists of: Dr Anne Chalfant, Clinical Psychologist- with an interest in developmental, emotional, and behavioural difficulties Dr Andrew Sheridan, Clinical […]

Is Smacking Smart?

We asked…the kids told: “It’s naughty to smack” (4 year old boy)  “Only God is allowed to smack” (6 year old boy) “It’s wacking someone. You do it when someone is being rude to you. But I never do that…no one should do it” (7 year old boy) So why do we smack? “Smacking is […]

Top 5 List for Reading for the school holiday

Written by Sarah Welling, Receptionist. Please enjoy and share our Top 5 list for school holiday reading: Top 5 story books that target confidence building in kids: 1. Baby Tiger by Susan Hellard 2. A Very Proper Fox by Jan Fearnley 3. Wanda’s First Day by Mark Sperring 4. Silly Billy by Anthony Browne 5. […]

Top 5 (Free!) Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids

Written by Dean Spirou, Senior Behaviour Therapist and Early Intervention Consultant 1. Deliberately schedule in some one-on-one time Sounds straight forward but how often do we really spend uninterrupted one-on-one time with our children?  Children crave our undivided attention.  Deliberately scheduling in individual time with them is one of the best ways to build a […]

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 […]

Top 5 Tips for Getting Children Back into the School Routine

​​Written by: Emma Ballantyne, Senior Behaviour Therapist and Early Intervention Consultant Are you still feeling like it is hard getting on top of the school routines now that Term 1 is underway? Here are our Top 5 suggestions for ways get back on track: 1. Plan ahead. Work out what needs to be done, what’s […]