The dreaded “H” word! Why is homework a problem for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how I solved the problem for my son!

Five minutes before you leave you get an email from your boss telling you they need you to stay behind for an hour because there is more work that just needs finishing that day. I expect you aren’t overly enthusiastic about the idea, no one would be!

For a child who has struggled through school all day, that hour of homework you are asking them to do feels just like that!

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What is special about my house?

Fast forward another year and I walked into the kitchen to see my eleven year old stood with the one sharp knife to my daughter’s head. Needless to say we now have no knives in the house. I either buy pre cut vegetables or use a blunt butter knife!

The language we use when talking about Autism

Someone on Twitter pulled me up on my terminology in one of my recent posts. The terminology I had used was “a child with Autism” and “a child with PDA”.

The person who pulled me up on it  was of the opinion I should have used the terms “Autistic person” and “PDAer”. To be honest I have never heard the term PDAer, probably as I am fairly new to the concept of PDA. I also started wondering if someone with ADHD was therefore an ADHDer.

My son’s top five helpful sensory items

When you have a child with Sensory Processing Disorders there are a great many items out there which could help. Obviously each child is different so to use the right things for your child you need to look at their individual sensory needs and work out what to get. My sons favourite items which help are listed here!

When no one turns up to your Birthday party!

On the day I started to receive text messages with random excuses why people couldn’t come that had said yes until, by the time of the party, I only had five confirmed guests.

When school is that hard that your child doesn’t want to be alive!

I was sat in a small room at my sons school. His teacher was talking to me about his classwork but I wasn’t listening. I couldn’t hear what she was saying anymore. The first words she said were echoing through my head, taking over my thoughts. “quite depressed at school” “googling the best way to kill himself” 

My son with ASD spent Halloween sat in a cardboard box!

Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in the negativities, to compare your life to others, compare what your child does to what others are doing. But if you take a step back each day to notice the small things, to turn around your negatives and find the positives, you can learn to smile your way through it all!

Autism without Limits!

Let’s give our kids the chance to achieve, help them, work out ways to empower them to live their dreams! Then we can say they have Autism without Limits!