Children on the autistic spectrum develop their own ways of thinking and coping with life.
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.
Options Group 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.
Visual aids may be helpful for most young children with autism and those with communication difficulties. Click icon for a UK autism mum’s experience using visual aids.
Most children on the autistic spectrum are visual learners. Here is a more analytical article about the benefits of visual supports. It recommends consulting a speech therapist to help decide what to use.
Attention Autism is an approach to getting autistic children to join in with adult led activities. Gina Davies is a speech and language therapist. Click icon for her website. Her video clips are engaging.
- Here is a detailed guide to using Attention Autism to improve communication.
- There is an Attention Autism centre in Peterborough.
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.
Click icon for an autism help sheet on preparing for appointments with medical or clinical professionals, produced by a speech therapist with Options. See also: more help sheets.
Siblings, that is brothers and sisters, can be affected by their sibling on the autistic spectrum.
- Options Group have produced a handy new guide to supporting siblings.
- The National Autistic Society has a range of pages with information about siblings.
- It is not all bad news. See: What my autistic brother has taught me.
- 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.
- Here is a complete article about Explaining Aspergers to a child.
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.
Chose an age range for some resources that might help parents in supporting their children’s development.