Why Autistic children find school difficult in the lead up to Christmas and how we can help to ease the stress!

Their world is suddenly different. If a tree and decorations suddenly appear in their classroom then even their environment is different. They are unsure of where they are and what they are doing. What is happening next is a constant worry for them because everything they are used to has changed. Their normal routine has gone out of the window and these children that need to know what is happening next are suddenly thrown into chaos.

The problem with putting Autistic children straight into mainstream schools and what constitutes “meeting a child’s needs” at school?

I so very often hear upset parents, at their wits end because their child is not happy or understood at school, despite being told a school is able to meet their child’s needs. I feel that all children deserve to be in a school that properly meets their needs by providing the right environment and education for the individual child. I feel that if adjustments need to be put in place to the extent that a child is effectively excluded from the general life of the school then that school probably is not meeting the needs of that child.

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!

Dear Teacher, please don’t shout! – A letter from a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

I’m sorry I broke the table and chewed my pen today. I’m sorry I kicked the bin. I’m sorry I ran away. 

Many people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a very literal understanding of language.

 “oh I get it, if you lived in a house made of glass and threw a stone you might break your house…but really it should say they shouldn’t throw anything”! When I tried to explain the real meaning of the expression he thought it was ridiculous that people didn’t just say what they meant.

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!

An interview with my son who is autistic and has Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

It’s too hard to describe a meltdown because all you can think of when you are having a meltdown is nothing.

Minecraft and children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Minecraft allows children with autism to have control over their environment whilst being able to be creative and productive in their own way. Children are able to discover and create without becoming anxious.

Nothing is simple!

The chair that child two was sat on was “too slippy” and all of a sudden child two (to prove its annoying slippyness) launched themselves backwards pushing the table behind very fast towards a fortunately uninjured and very understanding little old lady! 

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