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

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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

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

Accessible toilets not disabled toilets

This popped up on my newsfeed this morning.  http://www.madeformums.com/news-and-gossip/how-a-girl-whos-afraid-of-hand-dryers-inspired-new-superstore-signs/41720.html It is so nice to see a big retailer listening to disabled customers and making the small changes that make a big difference. It resonated with me because my hand dryer radar is still strong from the time when I always had to be on high… Continue reading Accessible toilets not disabled toilets