Things to help

Social stories

Social stories for kids with Asperger’s can help to teach basic social skills in a simple and direct way that they can understand.       Click page icon to find out what they are, how they help and how to write your own.        For an example, click play button for a video clip, which explains having blood drawn.       Also:

  • Social stories were created by Carol Gray in 1991 in Michigan, USA.      Her website offers a wealth of sample stories.        new
  • Successful Social Stories, by Dr Siobhan Timmins, contains guidance, illustrations and examples.      See Amazon       Good Reads.       Find preview by clicking Look Inside on the Amazon page.      The author is based in Essex.       new
  • This is a book of containing many social stories – The New Social Stories book (2015).      See:  Amazon       Good Reads.       Have a look at four examples by clicking Look Inside on the Amazon page and then clicking First pages in the left margin.
  • Pixabay might be a handy source of free images for social stories.

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Amazing things happen

Click play button for a video for children explaining autism.

Using technology

The National Autistic Society has a guide to using technology for parents.       Click icon to view.

Computer games are said to be beneficial for children on the spectrum.       Here are three web links, the first offering help in choosing games and the second offering a self-contained experience with the games on the site.

  • Learning Works for Kids is a site based in the USA.        It identifies computer games that they say help with particular learning or life skills.        The Find Games or Apps menu option takes you to their search page.       This is free to use.        The approach is said to draw on original research and decades of experience in education and psychology – see their About page.
  • Autism Games is a website created by a university and an eTherapy centre in Australia.         It is free to use and it aims to assist children with moderate to severe autism to develop independent living skills.        Click on website and hover over the Games menu to see what is available.        Click the Whiz Kids Games link on their home page to play the games.        You need to have Adobe Flash on your computer to play the games.       Take care to use the Adobe website to install to keep your computer safe.        But if you are not sure about any of this please ask someone who understands computers for help.
  • Pokemon Go has been the subject of a lot of bad press.        This story, though, of a 6-year-old boy called Ralphie, is a notable exception.         See article.

Fidgeting

  • Fidgetbum is designed to keep bedding in place during the night.        The website is well presented.
  • Bouncy Bands look like an interesting idea for children with fidgety feet.             It gets the thumbs up from a teacher in the UK in principle.         Amazon UK stocks them.         Probably wise to check the reviews for the items that have them.
  • Do you fidget at your desk?           Here is an article about a fidget cube.            See Amazon.

Aukids magazine

A magazine offering information, encouragement and support for parents of children with autism spectrum conditions.           For four issues a year, AuKids costs £15 per year and includes access to a downloadable archive, too.           They offer an Ask the Experts section, among other things.           Click icon for information.             Visitors can get a rough idea what each issue contains in the Archive section.
See Welcome page to download a sample copy of the magazine.             The website and publishers have a UK address.

Special clothing

Children with autism often have sensory issues.       They may be fussy about the clothes they wear, for example.       Hear is a list of some of the suppliers of specialist clothing .

Some children with autism may engage in fecal smearing.        Click on this  forum  to find out how mothers tackle the problem.       Hear is a list of some of the discussion  and supplier sites of specialist body suits.

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