In this section you can find information about the effect of autism on areas of early childhood development and practical strategies to deal with many of the issues that arise for children with autism in this age group.  The files from this section are available for download and printing in PDF format .  You will need ADOBE  PDF reader.

Further information on important services and day to day coping and is available in the My Family section.

Early Years Behaviour

“Ashleigh often becomes so worked up over things that she can’t participate in activities. We don’t know what’s causing her to get so upset”. Children with autism can become anxious for a number of reasons. They may become stressed in a noisy, busy environment or by a change in routine. Difficulty interpreting and expressing emotions...


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Early Years Cognitive Skills

“Brandon just can’t settle or concentrate, he’s all over the place.” Children with autism are easily distracted, although they may display excellent concentration on their preferred interest! They may not be able to concentrate if they are disturbed by background noise, lights or movement of other children. Preschool rooms, being very bright and colourful can...


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Early Years Communication

“Zoe doesn’t talk a great deal, when she does she tends to repeat phrases or questions that others ask her.” Repeating words, phrases or questions is known as echolalia. It is a common characteristic of children with autism. Some children will go on to develop functional use of language. The child with autism may enjoy...


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Early Years Obsession & Inflexibility

“Jordan tells the other children off whenever they do something wrong. He can be quite rude about it.” Children with autism have a strong need to control their environment. They rely on rules and routines to give their life structure and make it predictable. This can be an advantage, as rules can be used in...


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Early Years Sensory

“Ben becomes hostile if someone accidentally brushes against him or touches him.” Children with autism can have an unusual response to being touched, especially if physical contact is unexpected. Adults with autism have described how a light touch or brush from another person can cause discomfort or pain. Most children with autism prefer physical contact...


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Early Years Social Skills

“Chris is always hugging the other children and touching their hair.  How can I get him to stop?” Children with autism have difficulty with social rules. They may be unsure of the appropriate level of affection for a friend, teacher or someone they have just met. Children with autism often display behaviours that are obsessive or...


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