Growing up


The National autistic society has a set of three pages on communication:

  • Quick tips to help communicate more effectively with someone on the spectrum.
  • Tools and devices to help with communication – including Social stories, comic strip conversations, and visual supports.
  • Understanding and developing an autistic person’s communication

Click icon for the webpage. new     Our Speech & language page has several related items, too.

Total communication

Options autism has produced a help sheet called Total communication.       It takes a broad view of communication, including the environment at the time.

Click icon to browse.

Tap button to download, then open in PDF viewer.  

Download PDF – 610KB

Children on the autistic spectrum develop their own ways of thinking and coping with life.
See also our Safe social networking page.

What age?

Select an age range icon for some resources that might help parents in supporting their children’s development:


Siblings, that is brothers and sisters, can be affected by their sibling on the autistic spectrum.

  1. Options Group have produced a handy new guide to supporting siblings.
  2. The National Autistic Society has a page with information about siblings.
  3. It is not all bad news.      See: What my autistic brother has taught me.
  4. NetMums has a discussion about Copy-cat siblings.         Mums talk about a neuro-typical child copying one who is on the autistic spectrum.       They also have a discussion about Explaining autism to a sibling.
  5. Here is a complete article about Explaining Aspergers to a child.

Dogs for Good

Specially trained dogs can be a great help to people with autism but they are very hard to come by in the UK.        Family dog workshops are much more accessible, though.

  • Dogs for good has centres around the UK.       They hold workshops to help families get the most out of their pet dog for a child with autism.       The booking link at the bottom of the page takes you to locations of workshops, e.g. Lincoln.      See also FAQ about the barriers and options.
  • Here is a heart-warming story about a boy and his dog working together particularly well.

For an article about choosing pets for autistic children see:  Children’s development specialists

  Emotional well-being

There seem to be some new  resources and services developed to support for emotional well-being and mental health in Lincolnshire.       Click icon for GAIN guide.

Also Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can be yourself.      Get in touch about anything:  online or on the phone at any time.       See website.

Medical appointments

Options autism has produced a help sheet on preparing for appointments with medical or clinical professionals, produced by a speech therapist with Options.

Click icon to view.      See also: more help sheets.

Tap button to download, then open in PDF viewer.

Download PDF – 290KB

Letting go

Yvonne Newbold is a writer, speaker and trainer who is also the mother to three children.      She writes, One of the hardest parts of being a parent of someone who is very vulnerable is learning how to trust other people to share in the taking care of them.      In my experience, the difference is nearly always entirely down to whether or not the staff member concerned and I, as the family member, have a good relationship, built on mutual trust, respect, acceptance and understanding.

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