“Come downstairs for dinner.” She worded it wrong, she knew as soon as she said it. It had been a long day and she was extremely tired. Food was later than normal and she had shouted up the stairs to her daughter.
I am doing a series of Sunday interviews with autistic adults because their voices and opinions are so important. Hopefully the interviews will raise some awareness and understanding, as well as give parents of children with autism some insight from the answers.
I have decided to do a series of interviews with Autistic adults because their voices and opinions are so important. Hopefully the interviews will raise some awareness and understanding, as well as give parents of children with Autism some insight from the answers.
equality is not treating all children the same, but treating all children with fairness and non-discrimination. Giving all children the means to access their education so they all have the same chance to achieve.
I am, apart from an Autism mum and a blogger, a professional child carer. I have within my care a variety of children, of all ages from birth to 13. Some of these are neurotypical, some are Autistic and some have ADHD. All of them are individuals!
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!
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:
The AET found that schools showing best practice with autistic pupils of all abilities were implementing various strategies. I have taken ten of these which I think would be useful to think about when choosing the right school.
Imagine having a certificate for children who are able to walk and not giving it to the child paralysed last year.
A social story is a description of a situation, activity or event, written in such a way that it describes what to expect and why. It is usually written in the first person from the reader’s perspective.
I am so very happy that after everything my baby has been through, he is in a place that is good for him. A place where they recognise the lovely, good and caring person he is. A place that builds him up and helps him, and hopefully a place that will give him the skills he needs to work towards his own goals for when he is older.
I remember clearly the time his teacher marched him to me crying after school. She handed me a piece of paper and told me he was being a nightmare. He had refused to do his work, been isolated all day and was allowed no playtime. She gave me the work to take home and said he needed to do it before tomorrow. The work was simple, it was drawing pictures of a story in order. I took my very distressed child home and after a lot of cuddles asked him why he didn’t do the work. “I cant draw a chicken” he said. He was that worried about getting the chicken in the first picture wrong that he couldn’t bring himself to do the work. I just looked at him and said “would you like me to show you how to draw a chicken?” he nodded and smiled and did that piece of work in two minutes.