Growing up

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.

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.

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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.

                       

Lindum counselling

Lindum Counselling and Lindum Listening Ears, based in Lincoln, offer a free counselling service for children from the age of 7 and adults.        Click icon for more information.

Kooth on-line support

Kooth is an online counselling and support service for young people aged 11-18  (up to 25 for Care Leavers or young people with SEND).          It is staffed by  qualified counsellors and is free across the Lincolnshire area.         See:  Family Services         XenZone – parent company          Research evidence

Healthy Identity

One of the clinical psychologists at Options Group has produced a helpsheet called, Supporting your child in developing a healthy identity.       It sets out the challenges that a diagnosis of autism may pose and the kinds of support that may help.      Click icon to view the helpsheet.

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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