Growing up

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.

                            

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.

Safety

  • The National Autism Association (USA) website has some pages on safety.             Those on wandering and bullying might be of particular interest.
  • Here are some tips for keeping your child with special needs safe at home.
  • Also, a book by Luke Jackson with the title Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome has a well written chapter on bullying.           See Library books for more about this book.

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. Ambitious about Autism has a discussion about Sibling envy.
  5. 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.
  6. Here is a complete article about Explaining Aspergers to a child.

Kooth on-line counselling

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

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.