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Benison O'Reilly

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Benison O’Reilly is a Sydney-based writer, blogger and mum to three boys. The youngest of Benison’s sons is on the autism spectrum, and the inspiration behind her first book, the best-selling Australian Autism Handbook, which she wrote with her good mate, Seana Smith .

Finding herself bitten by the fiction bug, Benison published her first novel Happily Ever After?, a tongue-in-cheek look at myth of the fairytale marriage, in 2010. Her other book, Beyond the Baby Blues, co-written with Seana Smith and Catherine Knox, was released in July 2011. 

A new edition of the Australian Autism Handbook will be released in April, 2013

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Missing the Moments– Feeling Sentimental As Children Grow Up

05/08/2013 - 13:56

A couple of months ago I attended a performance of Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play, Fury. Read full post
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Breaking News - We Had Birthday Party Success

07/03/2013 - 13:07

Recently the Huffington Post featured an Read full post
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Reporting on Gun Crimes? Leave Autism Out of It

25/01/2013 - 13:51

I have an 11-year-old son with autism. Read full post
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Why Do So Many Teenagers Get Into Trouble?

13/11/2012 - 10:08

Everyone has worries with their children, dear.But yours have come early. Read full post
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How My Husband Raised a Good Man

19/06/2012 - 11:13

I’m just about to reveal myself as an appalling hypocrite. I think I can justify myself, however. Read full post
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Educating School Children about Autism

04/08/2011 - 12:42

A 2007 study found that 1 in 160 Australian children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read full post
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Sensitive Kids

16/11/2010 - 12:20

Yvette knows that I recently had a conversion on the road to Damascus when I read 'How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk'.

I have a sensitive child and a husband just like yours - someone who has been brought up with traditional ideas of discipline and punishment. The difference is my sensitive child, also male, also very bright and articulate, is now 16 years old. It is only recently that I have been able to convince my husband that his methods do not work with my son. In fact, now my son is a teenager they just provoke more oppositional and defiant behaviours. And without going in to detail, I can confirm that all the stuff they say about challenging teenagers is true!

There is actually a chapter in this book (which was written way back in 1980) that is called Alternatives to Punishment, and it pretty much agrees with what your son says!

I would strongly recommend you get hold of this book and if you can, get your husband to read it. I'm so glad I was pointed to it (by a psychologist, no less) as it's changed my parenting style and I feel so much better about my relationship with my son now.

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