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

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

Can you be Green and Still Get The Clothes Clean? – Taking the #EcoverLaundry Challenge

Of all the household chores, the laundry is the one I actually enjoy. The state of my laundry boxes reflects how 'on top of things' I am, and I get really stressed if it starts to mount up to the extent where I made keeping on top of the laundry my New Year's Resolution this… Continue reading Can you be Green and Still Get The Clothes Clean? – Taking the #EcoverLaundry Challenge

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

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

Keeping The Kids Busy: Easy and Fun Snacks for the Summer Holidays

If you have been busy indoors and  outdoors with the kids, they are probably hungry (mine are ALWAYS hungry!!). Making their own snacks gives them a sense of independence, teaches them life skills and keeps them busy a bit longer. Win win right?  Rice Cake Faces These are great fun to make for a snack or make more… Continue reading Keeping The Kids Busy: Easy and Fun Snacks for the Summer Holidays