“CUES” programme for ASD

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I consider myself very lucky to get a place on this course. It is a new programme with content which has been subject to considerable evaluation. It was developed by people with a solid background in practical clinical research and therapeutic approaches with people with ASD.

Its aim is to help parents with children who have ASD, so that they can cope better with uncertain situations. It has been well received by parents and appears to have considerable benefit for their children. I now have the training manual and presentation slides and am ready to go (almost).

I was keen to go on the course because of the gap in provision for people with ASD and severe anxiety, and I wanted to help them and their parents cope better. It will be difficult deciding on where to run the course: hospital, local charity, college, or school?

This is just one of the decisions to be made. Given I am one of the lucky ones to get a place on the training, I want to make sure that I make the best use of the opportunity I have been given.

Get offline and start talking

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A  super podcast from Australia’s All in the Mind with Dr Kerr confirming what I wrote about a few years ago that relationships provide the brain with a boost of “feel good” hormones. But of course, it has to be the right relationship.

Her report is full of exciting material – empathy reduces short termism and relationships offer the possibility of increasing the ability of “mind reading” in others through the boost in oxytocin. The report isn’t as well referenced to satisfy me, but a great read regardless.

 She observes that professionals (and others) have the opportunity to calm other people’s stressed brains (via the amygdala) using mirror neurons; so that anxious people become calm. What isn’t explained is whether it can also happen the other way: if others are anxious why don’t we just become anxious. Must look into that.