Keeping The Kids Busy: Invitation To Play Trays

I use these to prompt my kids with play ideas. They get stuck in a rut, picking the same toys to play with but if I set something up for them, I can entice them into playing with different things which they wouldn't think of or choose of their own accord.  Once the tray is… Continue reading Keeping The Kids Busy: Invitation To Play Trays

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How To Avoid Christmas Meltdowns: Coping Strategies For The Festive Season

Christmas is a lovely time of year but it can all get a bit much for some people, especially kids on the spectrum. Changes to normal routine can be unsettling, visitors present a social challenge and all the lights, colours and the constant Christmas music can leave them constantly one step from sensory overload. New… Continue reading How To Avoid Christmas Meltdowns: Coping Strategies For The Festive Season

Why do we have so many books?: Developing Early Reading Skills by Sharing Books With Your Baby, Toddler or Pre-Schooler

We have a lot of children's books in our house. But you can never have too many books right? My kids love books and we share books, stories and rhymes every day for a variety of reasons.  As my three are all at different ages (5 months, 2 and 7), we have a range of… Continue reading Why do we have so many books?: Developing Early Reading Skills by Sharing Books With Your Baby, Toddler or Pre-Schooler

The Pressure Vest: Calming Strategies For Fizzy Moments

I wrote a few months ago about my son's recent Occupational Therapy assessment. You can read about it in more detail here but the basic gist is that he may have Developmental Co-ordination Disorder as well as Autism (which he was diagnosed with 3 years ago at the age of 4).  The boy is often fizzy, a… Continue reading The Pressure Vest: Calming Strategies For Fizzy Moments

Autumn tree pictures: An easy mess-free Autumn leaf craft for toddlers

There is are few simple pleasures greater than a walk through Autumn leaves on a crisp, dry October day. With so many beautiful colours and shapes, is hard to resist bringing some home for a craft activity. For older ones wax crayon rubbings and leaf printing are great, while little ones are quite happy just… Continue reading Autumn tree pictures: An easy mess-free Autumn leaf craft for toddlers

CBeebies Pablo: What We Thought

The boys and I stumbled across an advert this afternoon for CBeebies new show Pablo, which started yesterday. My seven-year-old instantly picked up that Pablo was autistic and was keen to watch it and see what it was like so we put iPlayer on and watched the first two episodes. He is very comfortable with… Continue reading CBeebies Pablo: What We Thought

The Worry Box- An Update: Calming Strategies For Anxious Kids

A few weeks ago we made a Worry Box as suggested by the Occupational Therapist we recently saw. You can read about how we set it up here. Interestingly enough one of the things, the boy has added to the box is an illustration of how he feels, which explains why he needs the worry box.… Continue reading The Worry Box- An Update: Calming Strategies For Anxious Kids

Back to School Organisational Aids: Supporting Independence and Organisational Skills

My eldest, who is autistic, starts Junior School this week and prepations have already been underway for a few weeks. Getting back into the routines of school is a bit of a challenge for any child after six weeks of chilling, later mornings and a generally more relaxed pace of life. The boy finds the… Continue reading Back to School Organisational Aids: Supporting Independence and Organisational Skills