Journal Articles

Survey results show Journal readers overwhelmingly positive

10 July 2018 – INFORMATIVE, interesting, relevant. These were the three words our readers chose most often to describe the Altogether Autism Journal in the latest reader survey. A total of 176 readers completed the survey we ran on our website from January 9 to February 28. This is a 36 per cent increase in […]

Sophie fearless in seeking out new challenges

10 July 2018 – Actor. Singer. Gymnast. In show business terms, 14-year-old Tauranga performer Sophie Turner is what’s known as a triple threat, reports Pip Stephenson. FANS of perennial New Zealand children’s television favourite What Now may recognise her as Izzy, the smart, bossy and often sarcastic girl from ‘Mysteryville’ — a 10-minute segment about […]

Asperger’s no excuse when it comes to challenges for Tauranga teen

10 July 2018 – Katherine Speidell is not afraid to be different, as Altogether Autism writer Pip Stephenson discovered when she visited her in Tauranga recently. KATHERINE SPEIDELL’S close-cropped, pink hair is only temporary, a reminder of her inclusion in the recent ‘Shave for A Cure’ for blood cancers. It is yet another example of […]

Gold medal-winning Special Olympian still challenges herself

10 July 2018 – Kym O’Grady went from being bullied as a child to the top of the podium in China. Pip Stephenson finds out the Hamilton woman still doesn’t think of herself as successful, yet. THE GOLD medal Kym O’Grady won in dressage on her supplied mount at the Special Olympic World Games in […]

Gluten and Casein Free Diet and Autism

6 July 2018 – Altogether Autism researcher Rebecca Armstrong investigates the research for a gluten free casein free diet for autism. OVERALL, WHILE research has shown high rates of use of the gluten and/or casein exclusion diets, current evidence for efficacy of these diets is poor. Large scale, good quality randomised controlled trials are needed […]

We are Custodians of the Vision!

27 June 2018 – Education minister Chris Hipkins announced details of the Government’s Education Work programme earlier this year and invited participants to two summits. Altogether Autism national manager Catherine Trezona reviews the organisation’s involvement. ONE OF the six people who attended the education summits on behalf of Altogether Autism as part of the Government’s […]

Zealandia offers pendant for wandering autistic children

19 June 2018 – It is often difficult for parents and caregivers to find safe places to visit if a child on the Autism Spectrum is a wanderer. Helen Anderson and Hamish Campbell used to love to take their autistic son to Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary in Wellington but were always afraid they […]

Suzie’s Supporting Families in Bay of Plenty

13 June 2018 – With a background working for airlines and in tourism and banking, Suzie (Shizuka) Haynes’ role as regional coordinator for Parent to Parent in Bay of Plenty seems a surprising career change. Originally from Osaka, Suzie moved to New Zealand 17 years ago. She’s since had a family and it’s her two […]

Ride for Autism Awareness a Huge Success

13 June 2018 – Every teacher deserves the right training, says Sarah Blythe, and thanks to her and all those who participated in the Autism Awareness ride in Feilding on March 4, several Manawatu teachers got that specialist training. She writes about her experience. IT’S A SIGHT and a sound I will never forget. There […]

Keeping it real: Updating the ASD Guideline

13 June 2018 – The “living guideline” process keeps New Zealand’s ASD Guideline up to date, relevant and “alive”, writes Christchurch-based researcher, Marita Broadstock. New Zealand led the way in 2008 when we were the first in the world to produce an autism spectrum guideline to take a “whole of life” approach to autism. It […]