Things to help

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.

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.

  • For an example, click icon for a video clip explaining having blood drawn.
  • Here is a guide to social stories.
  • 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.

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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