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

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

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

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