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Puma Energy Africa helping to raise awareness around autism
01/24/202001/24/2020
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Puma Energy Africa helping to raise awareness around autism

As the new year dawns with promises of sticking to arbitrary new years’ resolutions – Puma Energy South Africa (“Puma Energy”) is committed to uplifting the plight of those whom no-one talks about. Autism is a subject that remains mystical in the minds of many but is an issue that needs to be brought to...

The realities of life as the parent of an autistic child
01/21/202001/21/2020
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The realities of life as the parent of an autistic child

So many self-help books speak of strategies you can implement to help you cope with life’s stresses – including finance, relationships, health, traffic, work… the list is long. For a special needs family the stresses of parenting an autistic child, or any special needs child for that matter, is far greater because the impact that...

Quiet time and Autism!
12/10/201912/10/2019
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Quiet time and Autism!

For most autism parents the idea of ever have ‘quite time’ again seems like an impossibility.  Yet quiet time is something most children on the spectrum flourish under.  Why is this – you may be wondering? The answer lies in the fact that autism often involves difficulties in distinguishing and processing sound.  Auditory processing disorder...

You won’t always see Autism
12/09/201912/09/2019
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You won’t always see Autism

Autism must be one of the most misunderstood disorders.  Most people assume that children with autism (also known as ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder) have certain identifiable physical features.  The truth is that Autism is a complex neurological disorder (not physical) for which there is no cure. Autism ranges in severity, for example some with...

Keeping sane during the long December Holiday
12/09/201912/09/2019
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Keeping sane during the long December Holiday

Time is fast approaching for all of us to enjoy the December Holiday and whilst most are very excited about the prospect of going on holiday the reality of having a special needs child for 5 weeks at home is very daunting for others. Children with autism (in particular) are not great at keeping themselves...

Today you are 13 years old and we are so proud of you
11/27/201911/27/2019
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Today you are 13 years old and we are so proud of you

The moment you were born you where pushed from doctor to specialist – you where “casted” for a clubfoot when you where a mere 5 hours old.  Nothing you experienced in your first years was “normal childhood” – for the first two year of your life you did not experience a bath or playing in...

No fuss, no cook Paper Mache Paste for the holidays
11/26/201911/26/2019
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No fuss, no cook Paper Mache Paste for the holidays

We realise that the old fashioned (or traditional way) of making paper mache involves a stove and glue and all kinds of skills BUT we also know that Autistic children do not see danger and tend to stick things in their mouths. So we are going to keep our no cook paper mache recipe simple...

Water safety for your autistic child
11/25/201911/25/2019
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Water safety for your autistic child

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more often than not captivated by water and it is not hard to understand why this is.  Playing or being in water is a Sensory heaven for many!  The way the water feels on their bodies, the sound water makes when they splash in it and the visual reflections...