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5 ways to help your child find their smile

It is very common for anxious children to struggle with finding the positives in life. Anxious children can often seem as though they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. I am going to give you five strategies you can put into place right now that will...

The Stress of Year 6 SATs

I remember the stress of the year 6 SATs so well. All four of our children found the pressure excruciating despite the school being adamant there was no pressure. YEAH RIGHT! Three of our four children have additional needs and so, of course, this made things a little...

Autism with Age – a blog by Fay, age 15

Hiya, my name is Fay and I’m 15 years old. My fave colour is actually now blue, I like food – a lot (cake any day!). Oh and I STILL have autism! So a common misconception of ASD is that there’s a cure, suddenly a miracle company can invent some magical drug to make...

Perfectionism

Perfectionism - what is it? * Tendency to become highly anxious, angry or upset about making mistakes * Chronic procrastination and difficulty completing tasks * Easily frustrated and gives up easily * Chronic fear of embarrassment or humiliation * Overly cautious and...

Anxiety or Aggression?

Children can display anxiety in various ways. Some children will become emotional, cry and may refuse to engage.  Some children will run away, possibly into danger, and others may lash out physically or verbally. These reactions are collectively called Fight, Flight...

Parental burn out

  You did it! Congratulations you survived Christmas, and are now ready to face 2019. January can be a tough month, you may still feel exhausted after all the present buying, wrapping, cooking, family visiting, not to mention helping your child to stay calm and...

Tips for a calm Christmas

Have a timetable displayed so children can see what will be happening, what day is visiting family, what day are family or friends coming to the house, what day is the Christmas fair, when do the decorations go up and come down, when is back to school. The more...

Benefits of a Sensory Room

Sensory Room A Sensory Room is a specially designed room that combines a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses. You may find the following in a Sensory Room: Lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play objects, aromas This safe...

School Refusal

SO TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL AND PREDICTABLY OUR YOUNGEST SON WAS REFUSING TO ENTERTAIN THE IDEA. WE HAD PREPARED HIM FOR GOING BACK TO SCHOOL, SPOKEN ABOUT IT, HAD THE UNIFORM ALL READY AND IN SIGHT. We had even decided upon a fun activity that would...

Back to school

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER THE LONG SUMMER HOLIDAYS IS SOMETHING THAT AT A LOT OF PARENTS LOOK FORWARD TO. HOWEVER FOR PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE VERY ANXIOUS OR ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM THIS IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD. Your child craves routine and structure yet they...

A cure for autism

FIRST OF ALL LET ME SAY, THERE IS NO CURE FOR AUTISM! BUT STILL PEOPLE CLAIM THEY HAVE FOUND A CURE, THIS BLOG IS ABOUT A SO CALLED CURE THAT I HAVE STUMBLED ACROSS. Secondly I have to question why you would want a cure for autism? As autism is not a disease or an...

Take time to reflect and celebrate

WE ARE ALWAYS TOLD THAT BEST PRACTICE INVOLVES BEING REFLECTIVE. REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IS VITAL TO HELP US MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR LIVES. What went well, what did not work so well and how can we improve for next time.How can you know how much you have achieved as a...

Siblings get baby blues too!

SO YOU HAVE BROKEN THE NEWS THAT THERE IS TO BE A NEW BABY IN THE HOUSE EVERYONE IS EXCITED. THEN A MONTH OR TWO LATER WHEN BABY BUMP CAN BE SEEN YOUR CURRENT CHILD BECOMES A LITTLE CONCERNED. They may voice their concerns or they may start to misbehave or act younger...

Protect your relationship from autism burn out

ALL RELATIONSHIPS NEED WORK, IT’S NOT EASY KEEPING THE ROMANTIC CANDLE LIT ONCE THE INITIAL CRAZY SPARK HAS CALMED DOWN. LIFE IS BUSY, AND FINDING A GOOD WORK LIFE BALANCE CAN BE A CHALLENGE. What happens to a relationship when the work life balance is not the only...

10 Top tips to tame PDA Pathological Demand Avoidance

PATHOLOGICAL DEMAND AVOIDANCE IS A RARE BEHAVIOUR PROFILE THAT CAN BE FOUND IN THOSE ON THE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM. USE THESE TIPS TO REDUCE ANXIETIES AND CREATE SOME CALM FOR EVERYONE. 1. Understand that PDA is a rare behaviour profile of someone on the autism spectrum...

The delayed effect

YOUR CHILD IS WELL BEHAVED AT SCHOOL, POLITE AND FOLLOWS INSTRUCTION. EVERY TEACHER SAYS WHAT A PLEASURE THEY ARE TO HAVE IN THE CLASSROOM. BUT AS SOON AS THE SCHOOL DAY ENDS AND THEY SET FOOT OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL BAM, THE HORNS COME OUT AND THEY EXPLODE. Take heart you...

10 Tips to support a child with ADHD

1. REMEMBER A CHILD WITH ADHD WHO IS IGNORING, ANNOYING, OR EMBARRASSING YOU IS NOT ACTING THIS WAY ON PURPOSE JUST TO SEE HOW CROSS YOU CAN GET. 2. ADHD is just as frustrating for the child, more often then not children with ADHD want to do the right thing and they...

What is autism

AUTISM IS A LIFE LONG DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER. THAT AFFECTS HOW A PERSON EXPERIENCES THE WORLD THEY LIVE IN AND HOW THEY INTERACT WITH THOSE IN THAT WORLD. Autism is a life long developmental disorder. That affects how a person experiences the world they live in and...

Autism in girls

THERE ARE MANY MORE BOYS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM THEN GIRLS. DOES THIS MEAN THAT AUTISM IS MORE PRONE IN BOYS OR COULD IT SIMPLY BE THAT DUE TO GIRLS DISPLAYING TRAITS OF AUTISM SO DIFFERENTLY THEY ARE OFTEN NOT DIAGNOSED? The current diagnosis process is still heavily...

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