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The Polyvagal Theory focuses on our ability to be socially engaged. In order to use our social capacity, we need to be in the right physical state. When we are in a flight/fight, or more immobilised state, our physical ability to use our social system – eyes, ears, voice, connection to heart…

So much of our focus on the Polyvagal Theory centres around honouring and validating the ventral vagus and teaching people to move up from the dorsal states and into the light of the ventral states. According to the polyvagal theory the ventral vagus – the second branch of the parasympathetic nervous system…

So much of traditional autism therapy is devoted to removing variances and aligning with the typical. What if this is a false benchmark against which we judge those on the autism spectrum? For too long we have had a very narrow focus on autism as deficit without being able to see the incredible…

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The A.R.T. Blog

Welcome to the discussion on breakthroughs in approaches to helping those on the autism spectrum, to realise their potential.

Unpacking Anxiety

What if we’ve been treating anxiety as a mental condition for all these years, only to discover it’s actually an issue with how the body

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Autism History

“In academic circles, autism is regarded as a brain disorder with a genetic basis. Yet no specific biomarker can diagnose autism”
~ Dr Stephen W. Porges

This journal considers the history of autism therapies, and examines the theories of the causes of autism.

The Poor Mothering Myth

Although the 1940’s work of Leo Kanner’s ‘infantile autism’ depicted autism as distinct from schizophrenia, historically autism was seen for years not only as a form of

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Complementary approaches to autism

This journal examines and critiques selected complementary therapies that a used in cases of autism.

You should consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program that is potentially harmful.

Dogs & Autism

Therapy dogs for autism can assist with emotional and physical support. Having a solid and reassuring companion is meant to help ease sensory overload and

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Diet & Autism

There is a developing consensus that supports the link between diet and mood within the wider community and, anecdotally, a large proportion of parents attest

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Biomedical & Autism

The biomedical model aims to address nutritional deficiencies with vitamins and micronutrients. This is thought to reduce inflammation of the nervous system – which can

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Ayurvedic & Autism

Ayurvedic medicine can gently realign the body and provide greater strength and calm in those with autism. From a polyvagal perspective, the body’s vagal system

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Art & Autsim

Art therapy can assist in the integration of the nervous system. It can help to address sensory problems and can allow the autistic child to

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