5 reasons why the Arctic Circle is a brilliant holiday destination for children with ASD or SPD!

Think sensory play to the extreme, a world full of it!

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Half way down the diagnosis pathway

This morning she doesn’t feel like she is travelling a pathway. She feels like she is sat in the middle of it drinking a cup of tea, in the calm before the storm!

10 ways to survive school holidays with an Autistic child!

School holidays can be extremely stressful for families with autistic children! Children with autism spectrum disorders, although they may hate school, often thrive on routine and not going to school for a week means that they are out of routine. We have had some school holiday disasters over the years! There are some things you can do to make the holidays less stressful. Here are ten great ideas:

Ten ways of creating an autism friendly, all inclusive classroom

In a school classroom, mainstream or otherwise, you will find a wide mix of children, all with differing sensory needs. Some may be sensory seekers and others sensory avoiders. Their learning styles and abilities will also vary. So is there a way of decreasing anxiety and making a classroom inclusive for all these children without making anyone feel singled out? Here are ten brilliant ideas to try:

Using Picture Based Communication with Autistic Children

A common issue for Autistic children is their inability to communicate. For some children this is to the extent that they use few words, words out of context or no words at all. This can lead to the child being unable to communicate their needs to their carers and that can lead to the child becoming frustrated, upset and suffering meltdowns. Picture based communication is one example of a way to help these children.

Problems that parents of children with autism can have communicating their child’s needs to staff at school

Then, there is the problem of supply staff, dinner staff and visitors coming in to teach the class. None of them know the children. A lot of these are changeable jobs or are organised last minute and more often than not parents find that they are not aware of these new people until after they have already dealt with their child. In a lot of cases no information was passed on about their child’s needs. 

Diagnosis Feelings

My heart is heavy and light at the same time. Relief. Pain. Confusion. Happiness. Sadness. Everything in between. 

Everything has changed because of today, yet nothing is really different.

Autism and sleep difficulties!

I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to see my son sat at the kitchen table smiling at me. In one hand he had the large kitchen scissors and in the other a carving knife. In front of him on the table was the pumpkin we had bought that day.  Proud of himself he declared that he was carving it!