School age

Sleep & Dreams

Click page icon for a comprehensive article or Options picture for helpsheet on sleep and autism – new         See also:  Nightmares          Social stories below might be adapted.

Social skills

  • The National Autistic Society has produced a guide to social skills.           Click on one of the
    following:  Children        Teenagers
  • Click picture on the right for Options Group help sheet about developing emotional and social skills.          For more about Options Group see  Specialist services
  • Here is a review of an animation game that it is said could help children with autism develop social skills.              See the maker’s website for more information, including What it does and Scientific research.                At time of launch, July 2015, it was pricey.
  • Prep for social success is a book aimed at parents of children on the autistic spectrum.            Amazon offers an eBook version.               The Amazon page says that it offers a four step programme:   PLAN, REHEARSE, ENCOURAGE, PRAISE and, Facbook small iconthe PREP program can be applied to a number of settings including school and group activities such as sports or clubs.               There are good reviews on Amazon but the NAS, Ambitious about Autism and NetMums did not seem to mention the book as of Aug 2015.             Click icon to see the authors’ Facebook site.

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See also Preparing for change about leaving primary and secondary school.

First step to independence

Ellen Notbohm’s son, Bryce, says, “I always wanted to learn to do things for myself.     Without that, I how would I ever have freedom?”             See also about Ellen.

See also The loving push              Best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin joins psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore in spelling out what steps you can take to restore your child’s hope and motivation, and what you must avoid.

Medical appointments

Click icon for an autism help sheet on preparing for appointments with medical or clinical professionals, produced by a speech therapist with Options.          See also more help sheets.

Explaining to a child

  • Children with special needs: How to explain disability to a child – Huffington Post.          See  article
  • Question:    We recently got a diagnosis.      How should I explain high functioning autism to my affected son and his ‘typical’ siblings?           See:   Answer.          Also, this book is highly recommended by parents.           See  Amazon UK
  • 15 children’s books.         See  article         Amazon UK

Amazing things happen

Click play button for a video for children explaining autism.             It comes from the Facebook page on the right.

Thula the therapy cat

Iris was a 6 year old on the autism spectrum.         Her mother was surprised to see the way her daughter bonded with a cat that the family was looking after.           She bought a cat of a recommend bread.         Here is a brief video presentation of the story and here is an illustrated article.          See also more pictures.

Here is another case of a father who took is son cat shopping at an animal shelter.

Water safety

This guide is aimed at parents and carers of children with autism.             See also Related Activities for Grantham Lynx Swim.

Toileting

  • ERIC website has a page about children with additional needs.              See also:  website      about – it includes an outline of their services.         Help & support menu along the top of their screen, e.g. helpline includes email address.
  • Bladder & bowel is a UK Disability Living support group for promoting continence and product awareness.           Their helpline is  0161 607 8219, a Manchester number.         Click also for email address.

Netmums logoMothers’ Experiences

Click icon to read about parents whose school-age children have either autism or Aspergers.

Early Support

Lincolnshire County Council provide an Early Support, Care and Co-ordination service, or ESCO for short.        The eligibility criteria have been extended from children with complex health needs or disabilities under five to include young people up to eighteen years of age.         Click icon for more information.

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