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For parents of children with autism

Web safety


It has to be said that clicking Accept all is the quickest way to get rid of the cookie question when you visit a new website.      Choosing the minimum of cookies often comes a close second, though.      When you go into the settings many websites show all except the essential cookies switched off.       Scroll down to the bottom, click Save & exit and it is all done.

Safety on the media

If you take things in via the spoken word better than the written word this page may be worth a try.      Click icon to view.


See Technical for information about the safety of this site.       See also:  Using Facebook      PC trouble shooting


Ambitious about Autism has sets out the soft/people skills needed for online safety.      Click PDF icon to view.       

The National autistic society sets out the risks and benefits of the internet for autistic people and their families.       See article        new

UK Safer Internet Centre have produced resources to help children, young people, parents and teachers with on-line safety.      This includes when using the social networking sites.      Click icon to view.      Also, here are some handy tips for parents.

Get safe online

For an in-depth guide, Get safe online offers a UK based encyclopaedia of online safety.      Their Safe internet use page has some handy bullet points for checking websites.     

For example try clicking icons in web browser address bar – circled in red in example below.      The website information you get may vary according to which browser you use and browser extensions and addons in use.      Click icon to browse or brush up on the basics.

Before spending money or giving personal details a website needs to be checked.      This can be tricky, especially if they are not well known companies.      Here is an introduction to checking out a company in the UK, with links at the bottom.

Returning to dip into these resources from time to time could help to develop better awareness and produce better safety.      The online world is a bit different to the physical world.       new


You only want one.      If you have more than one active at a time they may clash.      To increase security look for a range of different measures, such as browser extension/add-ons to cover more bases.        updated

Some security packages have them bundled in but all versions of Windows have one available.      For more information see: Technical Tips:

  • To see why one firewall is enough see the not overdoing things bullet point.
  • To find Windows Firewall settings see under security screens.


For a sound introduction to the issues and context see Do you really need antivirus software?

For a guide to free options click Best free antivirus software .

Again, you only want one Anti-virus package.      You can have too much security.

Things to avoid

You may see adverts or find software on Google claiming to fix problems on your PC or speed up performance.      Treat these with a great deal of suspicion.

Related Calendar – Week of SEND

EHC plan workshop

IPSEA legal training for parents on Tuesday 25th Jan 2022.      The course is now entirely free.      Click icon for course outline.      It will be on Zoom, so participants need access to a laptop.       Please email:   to reserve a place.

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum, host a range of Zoom online meetings.      Click icon to browse.      Coming up:

  • Juggling the Joys of Parenting: 20 Jan 2022
  • Week of SEND:  24 – 29 Jan. 2022.


The events on this page are chosen because they may be of interest to a child and/or adult on the autistic spectrum.         See also Local Groups for autism support groups in the South Lincolnshire, in the UK, and beyond.        They put on events in their area.

Ron’s gone wrong

Stamford arts centre, St Mary’s St, PE9 2DL, will be putting on their relaxed screening of this Disney animation on Wed 22 Dec, 2021 at 2pm.        It is about an awkward boy and his computerised robot.      Click image for details and to book.      See also the film and scroll down to video preview.

Audience members are asked to wear face coverings and follow the signage.       Box office: 01780 763203.

Jack and the beanstalk

Polka Dot Pantomimes will be performing the 2021 pantomime at the Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ on Saturday 18 Dec 2021     This particular performance will be sensitive to, and accepting of, audience members on the autistic spectrum.       Click image for details and to book.       Box office:   01476 406158.

Green Synergy

Green Synergy are putting on events at Hillside Garden, in Lincoln, for people with mental health issues from April – June 2021.      This is part of their Better together partnership project to offer pre-employability opportunities.      Click icon on the left to find out more.
See also their website

They are also running their popular Get Into gardening course as part of their Move employability project for people interested in becoming self-employed gardeners.      Get in touch with them before 15 April for this course.      Other options may also be available.      Click icon on the right to find out more.

They have also launched a project for 10-14 year olds who want to do more for the environment and their community.      Their Green Influencers learn new skills and gain experience and confidence.      The scheme aims to make environmental social action a regular, habitual part of young people’s lives.       Sign up with Brodi:       Tel: 07586 777623

Virtual workshops

Check out the online workshops from Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum, on the left.      They are free to members.       Contact workshops, on the right. are free to all.      Some workshops seek to address issues related to autism, others to foster wellbeing.

Worsening health

The NHS is putting on free virtual training during March 2021 to help family carers Identify early signs of worsening health in a person with a learning disability.       Click icon to find out more.

Virtual workshops

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum are arranging two free series of workshops on Zoom.       One is aimed at friends, relatives and carers of children or adults with additional needs.       Dates range from 5 Jan 10 Feb 2021.      It is called Waving not drowning!        Click icon on the left for Waving not drowning!

They are also putting on LPCF week of SEND.  –  from 25 Jan – 29 Jan.      These are aimed at parents and carers of children with additional needs and professionals who work with them.       Click icon on the right for poster.

More workshops

Contact has quite an extensive range of  virtual workshops for families with additional needs in Jan – Feb.       See workshops for more information.

Positive behaviour

There were a few places left as of Tue afternoon for a Promoting Postivie Behaviour and Autism Workshop.      The workshop will be on Fri 4 Dec 2020 at 9:45am and it will be online.       Click icon for details.

Lincoln conference

PAACT is taking bookings for the 22nd Lincoln annual autism conference, Mon 16 – Fri 20 Nov 2020.       Click icon for details.

Lincoln Castle

Only Lincoln Castle grounds are open to the public until 2 Dec.      Click page icon to see visitor update.       Exclusive autism-friendly Explorers sessions at the castle have not yet re-started, though, as of Sept 2020.       Next one may be in the evening.       Click castle icon for background information.

The Groove

The Guildhall Arts Centre has a few virtual events and on-line resources but The Groove has not re-started as of Sept 2020.      Click page icon to set what they have to offer.

Dysart Park Fun Day

Unfortunately Dysart Park Fun Day has been cancelled for 2020.       Click icon and scroll down to find the post cancelling all their events.

Family dog workshops

How  pet dogs can help families that have a child with autism.       Dogs for Good has workshops planned for 2020.
Click icon for locations and dates e.g.  10 Jul Lincoln21 Jul Leicester.      Check again nearer the time for Coronavirus updates.

Makaton course

The Makaton course for Friday 20 Mar at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham has been cancelled


Zoo Co presents a visual story with original music, puppets and tap dancing.        Performed by a deaf and hearing cast.       This relaxed performance, created in partnership with ADHD Foundation, will be at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham on 17 Feb.       Click icon for web page or poster thumbnail.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Fri 31 Jan in Hubberts Bridge, near Boston.
It will be free to parents and carers.         Click icon and scroll down for details.        See map

Mental health engagement

Give Lincolnshire NHS your feedback on mental health community rehabilitation.         Click icon  for dates in January around the county.


Polka Dot Pantomimes are performing another season at the Guildhall Arts Centre theatre in Grantham.       Click icon for information about relaxed performances.        They are scheduled for 2nd Jan 2020 at 2pm & 6:30pm.         Phone the booking office using (01476) 406 158  for available seats at:  6:30pm       (2pm  seats sold out.)

Farm quiet hour

Rand Park Farm, near Lincoln, will be putting on a quiet hour for children with additional needs and their families.        Date: 14th Dec, 9 – 10am.        See map        farm layout

Making sense of the senses

Free conference with Dr John Biddolph on Wed 4 Dec at The Fleet, Peterborough.       Click icon for more information including booking details.

Autism Conference

PAACT is taking bookings to attend and for information stands for annual conference in Lincoln on Tuesday 19th Nov 2019.
The venue will be The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY.        Click icon for poster.        See also map

Lincoln Castle Explorers

An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families.        Lincoln Castle Explorers, 2nd Nov, 9am – 10am.        Click page icon for event details and to book or castle icon about autism-friendly opening.        See map.

Makaton course

An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on Friday Oct 4th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham.       It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch.       She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.      The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.        Morning session recommended for parents.       If you would like to attend contact:         See Speech & language about Makaton.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 30 Sep in Market Rasen,        Click icon for details.        See map

Harrowby football match

Harrowby vs Cottesmore football match on Saturday 14 Sep at Harrowby United’s Dickens Road Community Stadium, Grantham, NG31 9QY.       Free entry for under 16’s and carers with Carer’s Allowance letter.        See also map.

Dysart Park Fun Day

GAIN will have a stall at The Dysart Park Fun Day again this year, on Sunday 7th July 2019, 11am to after 4pm.       See::  Facebook      map.

We would be grateful for any donated tombola prizes – old toys, books, food/drink, plants, trinkets, toiletries, teddies, etc (we won’t turn anything down).        Please contact GAIN at
(01476) 855 070 to arrange to drop off or collect.        Thanks to everyone who has already donated prizes, including:  Poundland, Home Bargains, The Works and Subway.

Makaton course

An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on July 5th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham.        It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch.        She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.       The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.

Healthy Conversation

The NHS will be holding public engagement drop in sessions around Lincolnshire during May and June.       They want to take soundings about the future of local  health services.

Family dog workshops

Workshops for families with children diagnosed with autism in Lincoln on 7 Jun.       Click icon for details.        See Growing up about Dogs for Good.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 22 May in Lincoln,

Overcoming trauma

Hesley are putting on a free event for parents about overcoming trauma and building resilience for people with autism.        It will be on 8 May in Nottingham.        Click icon for details and to book.

Easter Quest

An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families.        Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest at Lincoln Castle.        Follow the white rabbit and seek out the clues to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddle and claim your chocolate reward.        Sat  20th Apr, 9am – 10am.        Click icon for more information.

East Midlands events

Workshop for parents of special needs children – Coping with Challenging Behaviour.       Wed, 3rd Apr, 10am – 12pm.        25 FREE places available for parents.        At Voluntary Action Rutland, Rutland Community Hub, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RB.         To book your free place email with your name, address and telephone number.        Please also state the age of your child with special needs, and the nature of his/ her disability.        Click poster preview to view.

Take part in research – self-harm in autistic people


Mirabel Pelton is a researcher in the Mental Health in Autism group at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, led by Dr Sarah Cassidy.    She contacted GAIN inviting adults over 18 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in their study,

Existing research shows that autistic people self-harm more often than non-autistic people but there are no assessment tools or interventions to effectively assess, support or treat these difficulties.      Card sort task for self-harm helps people describe what happened before and after they self-harmed.     Click icon to find out more about the Card sort task.     There is a video introduction.

See also:  The project.        It is open to take part until it finishes in August 2022.

Cambridge research

Would you like to register with the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Cambridge, headed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.     They aim to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention.      They are looking for adults and parents of children with an autism diagnosis.

Click PDF icon for poster or twitter icon for updates about taking part.
See also:  website        volunteers



Just dance

Researchers at the University of Essex are currently working on a new project that involves autistic children playing the exercise game Just Dance with their parent or primary caregiver at home.      Online taster session on 15 September 2021.     Click icon to find out more.

GAIN was contacted by Phoebe Morris (MBPsS). PhD Studentship at the University of Essex.

School environment

This is a study of the ways in which a changed school environment has affected primary school children with ASD.    Would any parents/carers with a child aged 5-15 who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder like to take part in three online questionnaires?       Click icon for a letter from the researcher and a link to the first survey.

Sleep study

The University of York is running a project charting the early sleep patterns of infants at risk of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders.     If you have a baby with an older brother or sister with Autism they would love to hear from you.     This project explores sleep patterns in infant siblings through the use of sleep diaries.     Click icon for poster.     See also official project information.   The university will provide all items and materials as needed.       (Posted Oct 2017)

Child study

Are you a woman with autism?      Are you pregnant?      Click icon for the study poster.       Here is the study summary.     See also the website associated with their email address.

Carer technology

Would you be interested in taking part in a 3 month trial of a technology package to assist in co-ordinating home care?

1.      It provides the person being cared for with greater social interaction with their friends and family as well as reminding them to take their medication.
2.      Gives Carers the peace of mind with information about the person they are caring for such as through movement sensors confirming that they have visiting the toilet, opened the fridge door or medicine cabinet.         This is done by setting up various sensors and equipment, such as blood pressure monitors that can be linked to the technology.

See:   Technology       Letter        Form         Everyone website – emerging from Lincolnshire Carers & Young Carers Partnership (LCYCP)

Button - playNon-compliance behaviour

Could you spare some time for a telephone interview for a research project.            Click button for a video introduction.

Here is a little bit of background information about the project, that could be posted up to accompany the video:

We are researchers at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast and our project focuses on children’s non-compliance behaviour.
Non-compliance behaviour is when a child:

  • Ignore your requests…
  • Tries to talk their way out of doing things
  • Directly defies you
  • Says “no” a lot

Almost all children show some of these behaviours, but some children with autism seem to struggle especially with these sorts of behaviours.
Surprisingly little research has been carried out on why some children particularly struggle with non-compliance.    We aim to find out more about the factors that can influence the non-compliant behaviour children show so that we can start to develop bespoke helping strategies specifically designed for these behaviours.

We would like to hear from you if you are a caregiver of a child aged 5-11 years old who frequently shows the behaviour described above, and who behaves like this across different settings and where you feel the behaviour may be having a negative impact on the child and/or on the family. 

In this initial study, we would like caregivers to take part in an interview over the phone to talk about the behaviour.      Everyone who takes part will receive a feedback report about what we have found when this initial study is finished and we will update any families who wish with information about our ongoing progress in this project and future participation opportunities.

If you are interested in hearing more about the study and would like more information, please contact:

  • Katherine Grady:                07926 076 790 
  • Luke McCann:     
  • Kate Woodcock:              028 9097 4886

The interviews are due to be completed by the end of June 2016.

Self-Injurious Behaviour

This was an on-line survey.      The project leader said, We have developed two new questionnaires which measure beliefs about suicide and nonsuicidal self-injury.        Dr Andy Siddaway

See also  Support sheet       Stirling University






Specialist Services

NHS services

Lincolnshire NHS offers a range of services to support people over 18 with learning disabilities and/or autism  in the community.      Click icon for their web page.      The Lincolnshire Family Services directory has a series of pages covering that range of services .       See: Introduction and notice links to specific services at the bottom.

Occupational therapists

What do occupational therapists have to offer children and adults on the autism spectrum?       Where can they be found?       Click icon to help find out.


Floating services

Framwork’s floating support aims to promote the kind if skills and confidences needed for young people aged 18-25 in Lincoln to live independently.      Self-referrals can be made.      Click icon for more information.

Cauldwell Autism Services

Cauldwell Children’s Centre was opened at  Keele Science & Innovation Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 5NT, in 2019.      Click icon to find out about autism services.        The page has a service guide download.       Autism services cater for ages 4 – 11.      See also:  Home       FAQ      apply       map.

Family graffiti 

Before Covid, Family Graffiti was putting on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based workshops in Sleaford and Boston for parents – including those with an autistic child.       Children learn via their cognitive process.    They are constantly receiving and retaining information from everything they see, do, hear, witness, touch, taste… but children are psychologically ‘tuned in’ with their primary carer.    Therefore, cognitive behavioural therapy is quicker, more effective and longer lasting when it is delivered via the parent.       Click icon to see if anything is happening now.


The National Autistic Society (NAS) Early Bird Programme is a three-month programme designed to help parents and carers understand their child’s autism and find ways to communicate, interact and generally make contact.       See Family support to find out more.


Advance offers support and housing across Lincolnshire for young people with a learning disability.       Their support is primary delivered in the Boston area.       Anyone can contact them.

Family Action Support

North East Lincs Family Action Support Team (FAST) is a specialist service for families with children with attention and behavioural difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other complex needs, aged 3-17 years. 


Linkage supports children, parents and carers where the children are aged between the age of 5-18 and have special educational needs, learning disabilities /difficulties across the whole of Lincolnshire.       The service is free.      They can:

  • Provide guidance and reassurance in completing referral, benefit forms and support in following appeal processes and attending tribunals.
  • Provide support on strategies that can be used in the home or in school.
  • Support young people and their parents getting the right support in school, preparing to leave school or college, training courses, colleges, supported internships and supported employment  and day activity opportunities.
  • Planning for the future – work, supported accommodation, available leisure activities.
  • Meet children and families at home, liaise with the school.

Click icon for more information,

Options Autism

This is the new name for Options Group.      They accept referrals for specialist autistic services in North Lincolnshire.      Click icon to see their map.      They offer:

Autism East Midlands

Autism East Midlands aims to to ensure people with autism can live their lives with dignity, choice and independence.      The nearest services to Grantham are in the Nottingham area.      They offer:

Short breaks

Lincolnshire County Council has a Short breaks team.

Associated conditions

See menu for more conditions:

See also Developmental conditions.

Demand avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent.      Click icon for the National autistic society page.   

PDA society

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is part of the autism spectrum.         Click page icon on the left for PDA society website.
See also: Support strategies from the PDA society.

Click Facebook icon for the PDA support group – a large Facebook group.

Demand avoidance sounds similar to Oppositional defiance, so what is the difference?      Have a look at Parenting strategies and look for the Lisa Atkin heading.       See also: Sue Larkey.      new

Mental health

The National Autistic Society has a page about mental health and autism.       Click page icon to view.        Also, Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and mental health.       Click PDF icon to view.

Here is a handy guide to Healthy coping skills for uncomfortable emotions written by a psychotherapist.         (new)

Patients may be referred to a psychiatrist for associated mental health issues.       See NHS introduction.        Ambitious about Autism has produced a guide to making the most of an appointment.

NHS reforms

The NHS Transforming care agenda has been aiming to support autistic children and adults in the community rather than inappropriate inpatient units.      Click icon to read about it.

Executive Functioning

Executive functions are the brain’s self-management system.        Problems with executive function can be linked to autistic traits in later life.      Click icon for Options help sheet.       It starts with James at school.

For more examples and how to address them read about Josh in this article.


Tourette’s syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics.       See introduction

  • Tourettes Action website seems to be the go-to place for all things Tourettes.      Click icon on the left to browse.       They have a Find support menu.
  • The Lincolnshire support group meets in Lincoln and Grantham.
  • Discussions :  Netmums        Tourettes & Aspergers
  • Facebook videos might be worth a look.

Swallowing difficulties

Click icon to view help sheet for people with Autism about Dysphagia by a speech and language therapist.


Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and epilepsy.       Click icon to view.  See also Epilepsy Action:  Website           Information         Help & support



Coronavirus resources

Walk-in vaccinations

The county’s two Mass Vaccination Centres at PRSA, Boston, and at the Lincolnshire Showground offer walk-ins as well as booked appointments.      Click icon for more about vaccinations in Lincolnshire.      It has an option for Walk-in clinics this week, showing up-coming pop-up walk-in sessions:


For online workshops see: Related calendar         More resources:

Easy read

Mencap has several easy read guides for the life under current Coronavirus restrictions.      Click icon to browse.      Maybe the vaccine page might be of particular interest.

See also UK Government:  Road map out of lockdown       Census 2021

Support for carers

The government and the NHS has produced a Covid-19 carer support letter to identify yourself as a carer in shops etc.      Click icon for more information and to download the letter.


The NHS continues to update its Coronavirus page.       It is straight forward to browse.      Click icon to view.

Government guidance

SKDC has launched its Covid community information hub.       Click icon to get the latest for the Grantham area.

  • Phone: 01476 406177 / 406358 : 8am – 7pm
  • Email:

See also  for the UK government’s complete Guidance and support

Resources and updates

Here is a collection of resources and updates for the current situation from the National Autistic Society and others       Click icon to browse.


Covid has changed many things over the past year and scammers are seeking to take advantage.      Click icon to read about it.

Social story

Here is a social story about seeing people with face masks.        Click icon to take a look.      If it is not just what you want, does it give you any ideas?      See also: how to write your own         free images

Face coverings

Professor Ellen Townsend makes a plea for compassion for those who cannot wear face coverings.       She outlines the many reasons why some people may not be using a face covering.       Professor Townsend leads research at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham.
Click icon for article.       See also:  Mask anxiety

Lincolnshire heritage & culture

Lincolnshire County Council have a number of short stories from long ago, produced by Lincoln Castle, on Youtube.       Click icon to see the list.

Loose ends – Education

School Transport

Cereba, the UK based charity for children with brain conditions, has produced a booklet about School Transport.        It lays out the basis for the local authority to decide whether a child cannot reasonably walk to school.      Click icon to view.      updated

Cereba responded to a Department for education consultation document on school transport in 2019.    new        See also Education news about Lincolnshire SEND investment.


Lunch and break time

Unstructured time at school can be particularly tricky.      The National Autistic Society has created a guide for parents and carers to understanding and coping with difficulties at lunch and break times.       Click icon to view.

Autism discussion

Bill Nason developed the Autism Discussion Page to discuss tools that help children on the spectrum feel safe, accepted and competent.       Click Facebook icon to browse.       He has written an article for Autism Parenting magazine with the title, Can my child ever learn to live on his own?       Click page icon to view.  

He has also written a few books, notably The Autism Discussion Page on the core challenges of autism: A toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted, and competent.      See Amazon       Good Reads

Schooling problems

High-functioning children can be very resourceful, but it may take some time for them to get on top of things.

School refuser:  Read about the experience of a  Teenage girl  and a  Teenage boy.       They show very different approaches on the part of the parents.       Both are taken from the same on-line  Discussion .

Learning to read:   In this case things suddenly clicked at the age of 7.       See also:  Library books.

Secondary school:   One of our committee members says,  I found my first year at Kings’ School a bit intimidating.    There were quite a few in my class who were clearly much more clever than me.       I was much more comfortable in the second year, having been put in a class based on my grades at the end of the first year.

Occupational therapists

The National autistic society sets out what occupational therapists have to offer autistic children.     Click page icon to view.     On the right is a booklet that gives an occupational therapist’s view of sensory issues.      It addresses how to read the signs and coping strategies.      Click PDF icon to browse.

Specialist Occupational Therapy

Lincolnshire NHS’s Learning Disability service provides a range of specialist health services for adults (aged 18+) with learning disabilities.       Click icon for the occupational therapy page.      See also: Lincolnshire NHS page.

Find a therapist

The Royal college of occupational therapists has a handy facility to search for OT practitioners.      Click icon to browse the results for children and adolescents in the Grantham area.       See also:  blank search screen.

Sensory issues

Below are a few of the occupational therapists from the search results above who address sensory issues:

  • An obvious choice might be Children’s Sensory Therapy       Clicking the map option shows a location in Grantham but their website only seems to have a Nottingham clinic.
  • Rebecca Johnson describes herself as a Sensory integration practitioner.     She has experience with infants and offers visits to a Nottingham clinic, according to the map option.
  • Kerry Delany describes herself as a Specialist Occupational Therapist and Sensory integration practitioner:      Their is a location shown in Grantham on the map option.
  • Conor Mc Donagh looks like a more analytical Sensory integration practitioner, among other things.       There is a Grantham location on the map option.

There are more sensory specialist occupation therapists listed in the search results, if you want to be more thorough.

Also, have you been to the Belton lane children’s centre ?      They have a sensory room which is free to use.

Education and learning

Loose ends

This page rounds off the basic education topic, with school transport being the most significant item.        Click icon to view.       The pages below offer more in-depth related topics.


Early Years

At ages 3-4 ALL children qualify for 15 hours a week free education.       Some may also qualify for free places aged 2.
See: in brief        Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Council sets out more general information under the heading:  Early years education

Mainstream school

With mainstream schools, smaller ones may provide a more calm and adaptable environment for pupils with additional needs.

The National Autistic Society has several pages about Education.       Click icon to browse.        In particular one of these pages sets out how to get extra help in mainstream school / college.

Additional needs

For children with an Education Health & Care (EHC) plan a more specialised environment may be offered by schools for additional needs.       You can request a special school when you receive the draft EHC plan.       Also, here is a guide to choosing a special school.

Parents in the Grantham area might find a place for their child at:

  • F-footerTwitter small iconAmbergate Sports College & Sandon SchoolGANF caters for pupils aged 3 – 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs.        Many are on the autistic spectrum.      Grantham
  • Greenfields Academy is a Specialist School for SEMH pupils (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) aged 4 to 16 years.      Grantham      (previously  Phoenix Academy)
  • Gosberton House Academy is a specialist primary school mainly for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.       Near Spalding

Diagnosis & school

Getting what your child needs may put parents up against difficulties and obstacles.        Professionals may try to fob you off to begin with suggesting that things might sort themselves out – perhaps partly because they do not see your child at home.       Click icon for some tips and weblinks about diagnosis and school.

Ambitious about Autism has a lot of online discussion about educational issues.      Once you are in their site, look for the magnifying glass icon on the top right and search for specific topics.

More pages

Special educational needs may be the most significant one.
See also those set out below:


Teens & young people

Autism in teenagers

Healthline, based in the USA, provides a beginners guide to autism in teenagers.      They outline the signs of autism around that age and when they might appear.     Then they go on to take you through what you could do if your teenager seems to be ticking the boxes.      Click icon to browse.          new


Options Autism, previously Options Group, produce help sheets on relationships, developing sexuality and sexual expression.      To view them click PDF icon.Doc icon

Also. the National Autistic Society has a a guide for parents about sex education.      Click page icon to browse.           updated

Safe living

Parties, Dorms and Social Norms:  A Crash Course in Safe Living for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum.       “The late teens and twenties are exciting times, but filled with potential pitfalls as young people navigate the transition into independent adult life.”       This book was written by Dr. Lisa Meeks, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Medical Student Disability Services at The University of California.
See: Amazon.             updated


The  Adults  and  Employment  pages have a few items that may be of relevance for older teenagers.        See Growing up for sex education DVDs and on-line counselling.

Social skills

The National Autistic Society has a page about social isolation and social interaction.        Click icon to browse.

The following book might be interesting.           Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela CrookeSocially Curious and Curiously Social,   A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens & Young Adult        It contains some cartoon-style illustrations.       It is not currently in Lincolnshire public libraries and, on request, they replied, “Unable to purchase via our supplier, out of print”.      Social Thinking  is the web page that
promotes the book along with a few other related books.     
See also:  Good Reads       Amazon – in stock in 2016.

First step to independence

The loving push is a book by best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin and psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore.      They spell out what steps you can take to restore your child’s hope and motivation, and what you must avoid.

Temple Grandin is not everyone’s cup to tea but she has a big following.      See also  Get your butts out of the house …

What to expect

The Interactive Autistic Network was a research based initiative from 2006 – 2019.       They produced Autism in the Teen Years:  What to Expect, How to Help.       Click icon to browse.      The interactive autism network link autism community and research.        A couple of quotes:

  • The teens are not getting more noncompliant because their autism is getting worse.      It’s because they’re teenagers.
  • Teens say actually the hardest part is not having friends.

ChildlineTeen couples

Doc iconChildline was Esther Rantzen’s idea.         It has a well presented website where a teenager or young person can browse and see what others are saying or asking.      Click icon to view.

The website has a page about Autism.       More specifically, it has several pages which provide an introduction to issues that could be of help and interest to teenagers:

Peer pressure           Relationships            Sexting             Zipit


Do you get sarcasm?      You might like to try Sarcasm is strong with this one on Facebook.

Doc iconExperiences

Read about parents whose older children and teenagers have either autism or Asperger’s.

Guidance for parents

This booklet offers practical guidance for parents and carers of teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome.