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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   Depression and other mental health difficulties are common amongst people on the autistic spectrum and their carers.   People who are affected by general mental health difficulties are encouraged to receive and share information, support and advice with other forum members, though it is important to point out that this exchange of information is generally based on personal experience and opinions, and is not a substitute for professional medical help.   There is a list of sources of mental health support here: <a href="http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=18801" target="_blank">Mental Health Resources link</a>   People may experience a more serious crisis with their mental health and need urgent medical assistance and advice. However well intentioned, this is not an area of support that the forum can or should be attempting to offer and we would urge members who are feeling at risk of self-harm or suicide to contact either their own GP/health centre, or if out of hours contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or to call emergency services 999.   We want to reassure members that they have our full support in offering and seeking advice and information on general mental health issues. Members asking for information in order to help a person in their care are seeking to empower both themselves and those they represent, and we would naturally welcome any such dialogue on the forum.   However, any posts which are deemed to contain inference of personal intent to self-harm and/or suicide will be removed from the forum and that person will be contacted via the pm system with advice on where to seek appropriate help.   In addition to the post being removed, if a forum member is deemed to indicate an immediate risk to themselves, and are unable to be contacted via the pm system, the moderating team will take steps to ensure that person's safety. This may involve breaking previous confidentiality agreements and/or contacting the emergency services on that person's behalf.   Sometimes posts referring to self-harm do not indicate an immediate risk, but they may contain material which others find inappropriate or distressing. This type of post will also be removed from the public forum at the moderator's/administrator's discretion, considering the forum user base as a whole.   If any member receives a PM indicating an immediate risk and is not in a position (or does not want) to intervene, they should forward the PM to the moderating team, who will deal with the disclosure in accordance with the above guidelines.   We trust all members will appreciate the reasoning behind these guidelines, and our intention to urge any member struggling with suicidal feelings to seek and receive approproiate support from trained and experienced professional resources.   The forum guidelines have been updated to reflect the above.   Regards,   The mod/admin team

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  1. Hi Karen, that's a great decision youve made <'> . I hope J settles down soon <'> and I'm sure he'll love HE! I know my boy would! Evaxx
  2. My friends don't like me...

    Hi Nikki, my son says the same things too - he's 7 and has AS. He goes to a local primary school and is falling through that social gap. He says other kids don't like him and he has no one to play with. It's not true about other kids not liking him - they ask him to play - but the trouble is he doesn't know how to play their games, and prefers to wander around 'daydreaming'. (Unless it's an organised game on the play equipment or hide and seek or something like that). My son told me that he gets confused and doesn't know what to do and it's too difficult, (playing with other kids.) The school has been sort of helpful. Twice a week at lunchtimes he's allowed to use the computer, another day he goes to Artclub, and there's the Dr Who club. He now also has two older 'buddies' who will go to the clubs with him at lunchtimes. My son is happiest in class too because it is structured. It's heartbreaking when your child is so unhappy <'> Is there a teacher at school who can organise games/books or something at lunchtimes for him - and other kids? It took ages for the school to listen to us and acknowledge that my son needed more structure. Eva <'>
  3. Hi, I used to give my son Movicol and it was great. I gave it to him after school so there was no worry about accidents and now he only goes to the toilet to poo in the evenings - sort of trained his bowels. We've weaned him off it now but it was a life-saver! Eva
  4. New here.

    Hi Enissa, I have a 7 year old son with AS and I live in Australia too - Victoria. Please to meet you! Eva
  5. Total meltdown at school

    Hi Karen, just thought I'd send you some <'> <'> <'> . I like your point that J's always autistic - we have that problem at school too, that my J looks like he's coping, therefore how could there possibly be a problem? The teacher asks J how he's going and he says, 'good', so everything is just fine, according to them. <'> Evaxx
  6. Listening in class

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if people had any ideas/strategies about how to help my son listen in class (My son is 7 and has AS and he's in a mainstream primary school). Yesterday I was helping out in class and the teacher was telling the children about fiction and non-fiction, (this is a prep/grade 1 composite so the kids range from 5-7 years old). As she was talking and asking questions, I watched as my son turned around and ended up staring out the door, daydreaming, so eventually he was sitting on the floor, facing the other way . The teacher wrote what they were all saying on the board, but my son had tuned out from the very start . What would be an effective way to make sure my son is tuning in to the important part of the lesson? Or should I ask the teacher to give me any new topics the day before so I can go over them at home with my son? Any ideas welcome! Eva
  7. Tea or Coffee what are you having?

    Hiya Fran, yeah, going to pick up J from school soon so thought I'd have a look here instead of doing the dishes...is it too late in the day to have a coffee? Eva
  8. Another newbie intoroduction..

    Hi MOTB, I'm in Australia (Victoria) too - I can't remember how I found this site originally, but it was through a link somewhere. I have a 7 year old son who is diagnosed with AS. Welcome to the forum - it's a very supportive place! My other son is trying to help me type so that's all from me now - look forward to getting to know you more. Eva
  9. Tea or Coffee what are you having?

    Well now, strong lattes I like but not instant coffee. The local bakery makes such good coffee that I have one before doing housework - extra energy! I've gone off Earl G tea for some reason and now drink loads of Bushells or English Breakfast, white no sugar. I haven't had a coffee today . Eva
  10. Son withdrawing

    Hi BusyLizzie, my son calls his internal world 'daydreaming' too! He spends a lot of time daydreaming and as he's getting older, (he's 7 and diagnosed with AS), he seems to be doing it more. (If he's daydreaming in the evening, he calls it 'nightdreaming'). My son does the same sort of thing as yours, as he's walking along he's living out a different world in his head, and he hums and sort of sings. He'll answer some questions sometimes, but most of the time he's thinking and talking about Ben 10. School is getting hard socially for my son now and I suspect he's daydreaming a lot there. He finds school very tiring and exhausting and he has no idea why the other kids do the things they do . Just wanted to let you know that my son is a bit the same <'> and I'm interested in people's thoughts too. Eva
  11. Greenwich Meetup

    Have fun everyone in Greenwich! Is that pronounced 'Green witch'? Eva
  12. my positive thread

    My children ate everything I made for dinner, without gagging/turning pale at the sight of the food/clutching at their throats/saying it's disgusting... Well done loobylou2! That's great about your daughter's transition Bagpuss - I always get stress headaches and a sore neck from worrying, and a sore jaw.
  13. Feel like I've failed miserably.........

    Hi Marion <'> <'> I know how frustrating this is. In my son's first semester school report a couple of weeks ago, (he's 7, diagnosed with AS, has auditory processing disorder, possibly innattentive ADHD too and goes to a mainstream ps), the teacher commented that he needs to, 'listen more in class', and he 'needs to learn to work more independently', but with no comment how she is actually going to help him - such as more visual cues like written instructions. Hmm. The teacher has been to two professional development days with Tony Attwood this year. I wonder if she nipped out to the local cafe instead and sat there sipping on cappucino's the whole time. Oh yes, my son was very unhappy during the last week of school before the holidays, and didn't want to go to school - social issues in the playground - and the teacher said, 'he looks fine to me'. So I know how frustrating this is I'm sorry to hear that you lost <'> <'>. Eva
  14. brilliant news!!!

    That's unreal Hev!! <'> Eva
  15. So much for logical reasoning

    Hi Karen, that's so funny! Evaxx
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