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.       Also:

  • Social stories were created by Carol Gray in 1991 in Michigan, USA.      Her website offers a wealth of sample stories.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Youtube has quite a few videos about writing your own social stories.      There are a few ready made stories too, like It’s OK to Back Away.        new
  • Pixabay might be a handy source of free images for social stories.

Amazing things happen

Click play button for a video for children explaining autism.

Using technology

The Serene media website has a brief introduction to using technology for children with autism.       Click icon and scroll down to Video games and autism at the bottom of the page.

Computer games are said to offer benefits to children on the spectrum.        See: examples

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.      Click icon for their website.       Visitors can get a good idea what they contains from the sample issues in their Library section.      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 faecal smearing.       Hear is a list of some of the discussion  and supplier sites of specialist body suits.