Can Fidgetbum help with getting a better night’s sleep? Review

We were kindly gifted this new product to try from one of our favourite brands Chewigem. We've bought so many of their fantastic chewy bangles and necklaces over the last few years which my son finds so useful in helping him manage his anxiety, particularly when dealing with new situations or occasions when sensory overload… Continue reading Can Fidgetbum help with getting a better night’s sleep? Review

Coping With Back To School and a Little Back To School Giveaway

The unstructured time of the holiday brings its own set of challenges for children with Autism, and their families, so many will be looking forward to getting back to normal term-time routine! Some children will be dreading going back but even for those desperate to get back to school like my son, it is a… Continue reading Coping With Back To School and a Little Back To School Giveaway

Coping With End of Term Emotions: The End of Term Through the Eyes of an Autistic 9 Year-Old

Today is the last day of school for the boy and he is sad. He's been finding it hard to get to sleep for the past few weeks and when I ask him what's bothering him it's always the same. It's nearly the end of term and he doesn't want it to end. He will… Continue reading Coping With End of Term Emotions: The End of Term Through the Eyes of an Autistic 9 Year-Old

Trapped In Orbit Between Mars and Jupiter: What Does It Feel Like To Be Autistic? An Interview with an Autistic 7 Year-Old

Autism Awareness Month has started and Autism Awareness Week is in full swing but today (2nd April) is Autism Acceptance Day which is a slightly different thing. Over the last few years, awareness of Autism has increased greatly and most people have a basic understanding of what it is. It has been portrayed and discussed… Continue reading Trapped In Orbit Between Mars and Jupiter: What Does It Feel Like To Be Autistic? An Interview with an Autistic 7 Year-Old

Katy Perry’s Firework – an empowering mantra for letting your true colours shine

The text of this post is largely taken from a Facebook post I wrote two years ago but it is still relevant so I'm republishing it here. As some of you will know, my 7 year-old son is autistic. In advance of #WorldAutismAwarenessDay tomorrow, I thought I would share one of his favourite songs, Firework… Continue reading Katy Perry’s Firework – an empowering mantra for letting your true colours shine

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

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

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