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

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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

Useful Autism Resources: Finding Help and Support

Three years ago, after the boy was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I floundered about on my own trying to find the information and support I needed to  help him. I thought I would share some of the resources I have found useful to help others in going through the diagnosis process. You can never… Continue reading Useful Autism Resources: Finding Help and Support

Trying New Things: Understanding The Sensory Challenges Around New Experiences for Autistic Children

New is problematic for the boy. He has a tendency to assume anything different is going to be bad!  For those of you who are new to the blog, my oldest is Autistic. He's seven now and trying new things is something we've been working on for a long time. He is getting so much… Continue reading Trying New Things: Understanding The Sensory Challenges Around New Experiences for Autistic Children

Making A Worry Box: Calming Strategies for Anxious Kids

For those of you who don't know, my seven-year-old is Autistic and currently undergoing assessment for Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. He struggles with anxiety, especially at bedtime so it was something I asked the Occupational Therapist about at his recent assessment. She suggested setting up a worry box, alongside the sensory strategies we use (weighted blanket, chewy… Continue reading Making A Worry Box: Calming Strategies for Anxious Kids