Growing up

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.

Total communication

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.        new      

Attention autism

Attention Autism is an approach to getting autistic children to join in with adult led activities.       Gosberton House Academy published an introduction in their April 2020 newsletter.       Gina Davies is a speech and language therapist.       Click icon for her website.       Her video clips are engaging.

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Children on the autistic spectrum develop their own ways of thinking and coping with life.         Chose an age range for some resources that might help parents in supporting their children’s development.

                       

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.

Safety

  • Here are some tips for keeping your child with special needs safe at home.
  • The National Autistic Society has a page about road safety and awareness of danger.
  • Here are pages about autism and wandering from the Boy Scouts and National Autism Association (USA).
  • This guide to safety around water is aimed at parents and carers of children with autism.           See also Related Activities for Grantham Lynx Swim.

Life Support DVD’s

This UK based site offers sex education DVD’s.            This one aimed at children with SEN may be of particular interest.              Others are aimed at primary or seconday aged children in mainstream or SEN education.              See also Be safe on-line.

Siblings

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 range of pages 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.

Letting go

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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