Category Archives: Adults

For adults with autism, their parents or carers

Web safety


It has to be said that clicking Accept all is the quickest way to get rid of the cookie question when you visit a new website.      Choosing the minimum of cookies often comes a close second, though.      When you go into the settings many websites show all except the essential cookies switched off.       Scroll down to the bottom, click Save & exit and it is all done.

Safety on the media

If you take things in via the spoken word better than the written word this page may be worth a try.      Click icon to view.


See Technical for information about the safety of this site.       See also:  Using Facebook      PC trouble shooting


Ambitious about Autism has sets out the soft/people skills needed for online safety.      Click PDF icon to view.       

The National autistic society sets out the risks and benefits of the internet for autistic people and their families.       See article        new

UK Safer Internet Centre have produced resources to help children, young people, parents and teachers with on-line safety.      This includes when using the social networking sites.      Click icon to view.      Also, here are some handy tips for parents.

Get safe online

For an in-depth guide, Get safe online offers a UK based encyclopaedia of online safety.      Their Safe internet use page has some handy bullet points for checking websites.     

For example try clicking icons in web browser address bar – circled in red in example below.      The website information you get may vary according to which browser you use and browser extensions and addons in use.      Click icon to browse or brush up on the basics.

Before spending money or giving personal details a website needs to be checked.      This can be tricky, especially if they are not well known companies.      Here is an introduction to checking out a company in the UK, with links at the bottom.

Returning to dip into these resources from time to time could help to develop better awareness and produce better safety.      The online world is a bit different to the physical world.       new


You only want one.      If you have more than one active at a time they may clash.      To increase security look for a range of different measures, such as browser extension/add-ons to cover more bases.        updated

Some security packages have them bundled in but all versions of Windows have one available.      For more information see: Technical Tips:

  • To see why one firewall is enough see the not overdoing things bullet point.
  • To find Windows Firewall settings see under security screens.


For a sound introduction to the issues and context see Do you really need antivirus software?

For a guide to free options click Best free antivirus software .

Again, you only want one Anti-virus package.      You can have too much security.

Things to avoid

You may see adverts or find software on Google claiming to fix problems on your PC or speed up performance.      Treat these with a great deal of suspicion.

Related Calendar – Week of SEND

EHC plan workshop

IPSEA legal training for parents on Tuesday 25th Jan 2022.      The course is now entirely free.      Click icon for course outline.      It will be on Zoom, so participants need access to a laptop.       Please email:   to reserve a place.

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum, host a range of Zoom online meetings.      Click icon to browse.      Coming up:

  • Juggling the Joys of Parenting: 20 Jan 2022
  • Week of SEND:  24 – 29 Jan. 2022.


The events on this page are chosen because they may be of interest to a child and/or adult on the autistic spectrum.         See also Local Groups for autism support groups in the South Lincolnshire, in the UK, and beyond.        They put on events in their area.

Ron’s gone wrong

Stamford arts centre, St Mary’s St, PE9 2DL, will be putting on their relaxed screening of this Disney animation on Wed 22 Dec, 2021 at 2pm.        It is about an awkward boy and his computerised robot.      Click image for details and to book.      See also the film and scroll down to video preview.

Audience members are asked to wear face coverings and follow the signage.       Box office: 01780 763203.

Jack and the beanstalk

Polka Dot Pantomimes will be performing the 2021 pantomime at the Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ on Saturday 18 Dec 2021     This particular performance will be sensitive to, and accepting of, audience members on the autistic spectrum.       Click image for details and to book.       Box office:   01476 406158.

Green Synergy

Green Synergy are putting on events at Hillside Garden, in Lincoln, for people with mental health issues from April – June 2021.      This is part of their Better together partnership project to offer pre-employability opportunities.      Click icon on the left to find out more.
See also their website

They are also running their popular Get Into gardening course as part of their Move employability project for people interested in becoming self-employed gardeners.      Get in touch with them before 15 April for this course.      Other options may also be available.      Click icon on the right to find out more.

They have also launched a project for 10-14 year olds who want to do more for the environment and their community.      Their Green Influencers learn new skills and gain experience and confidence.      The scheme aims to make environmental social action a regular, habitual part of young people’s lives.       Sign up with Brodi:       Tel: 07586 777623

Virtual workshops

Check out the online workshops from Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum, on the left.      They are free to members.       Contact workshops, on the right. are free to all.      Some workshops seek to address issues related to autism, others to foster wellbeing.

Worsening health

The NHS is putting on free virtual training during March 2021 to help family carers Identify early signs of worsening health in a person with a learning disability.       Click icon to find out more.

Virtual workshops

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum are arranging two free series of workshops on Zoom.       One is aimed at friends, relatives and carers of children or adults with additional needs.       Dates range from 5 Jan 10 Feb 2021.      It is called Waving not drowning!        Click icon on the left for Waving not drowning!

They are also putting on LPCF week of SEND.  –  from 25 Jan – 29 Jan.      These are aimed at parents and carers of children with additional needs and professionals who work with them.       Click icon on the right for poster.

More workshops

Contact has quite an extensive range of  virtual workshops for families with additional needs in Jan – Feb.       See workshops for more information.

Positive behaviour

There were a few places left as of Tue afternoon for a Promoting Postivie Behaviour and Autism Workshop.      The workshop will be on Fri 4 Dec 2020 at 9:45am and it will be online.       Click icon for details.

Lincoln conference

PAACT is taking bookings for the 22nd Lincoln annual autism conference, Mon 16 – Fri 20 Nov 2020.       Click icon for details.

Lincoln Castle

Only Lincoln Castle grounds are open to the public until 2 Dec.      Click page icon to see visitor update.       Exclusive autism-friendly Explorers sessions at the castle have not yet re-started, though, as of Sept 2020.       Next one may be in the evening.       Click castle icon for background information.

The Groove

The Guildhall Arts Centre has a few virtual events and on-line resources but The Groove has not re-started as of Sept 2020.      Click page icon to set what they have to offer.

Dysart Park Fun Day

Unfortunately Dysart Park Fun Day has been cancelled for 2020.       Click icon and scroll down to find the post cancelling all their events.

Family dog workshops

How  pet dogs can help families that have a child with autism.       Dogs for Good has workshops planned for 2020.
Click icon for locations and dates e.g.  10 Jul Lincoln21 Jul Leicester.      Check again nearer the time for Coronavirus updates.

Makaton course

The Makaton course for Friday 20 Mar at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham has been cancelled


Zoo Co presents a visual story with original music, puppets and tap dancing.        Performed by a deaf and hearing cast.       This relaxed performance, created in partnership with ADHD Foundation, will be at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham on 17 Feb.       Click icon for web page or poster thumbnail.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Fri 31 Jan in Hubberts Bridge, near Boston.
It will be free to parents and carers.         Click icon and scroll down for details.        See map

Mental health engagement

Give Lincolnshire NHS your feedback on mental health community rehabilitation.         Click icon  for dates in January around the county.


Polka Dot Pantomimes are performing another season at the Guildhall Arts Centre theatre in Grantham.       Click icon for information about relaxed performances.        They are scheduled for 2nd Jan 2020 at 2pm & 6:30pm.         Phone the booking office using (01476) 406 158  for available seats at:  6:30pm       (2pm  seats sold out.)

Farm quiet hour

Rand Park Farm, near Lincoln, will be putting on a quiet hour for children with additional needs and their families.        Date: 14th Dec, 9 – 10am.        See map        farm layout

Making sense of the senses

Free conference with Dr John Biddolph on Wed 4 Dec at The Fleet, Peterborough.       Click icon for more information including booking details.

Autism Conference

PAACT is taking bookings to attend and for information stands for annual conference in Lincoln on Tuesday 19th Nov 2019.
The venue will be The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY.        Click icon for poster.        See also map

Lincoln Castle Explorers

An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families.        Lincoln Castle Explorers, 2nd Nov, 9am – 10am.        Click page icon for event details and to book or castle icon about autism-friendly opening.        See map.

Makaton course

An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on Friday Oct 4th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham.       It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch.       She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.      The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.        Morning session recommended for parents.       If you would like to attend contact:         See Speech & language about Makaton.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 30 Sep in Market Rasen,        Click icon for details.        See map

Harrowby football match

Harrowby vs Cottesmore football match on Saturday 14 Sep at Harrowby United’s Dickens Road Community Stadium, Grantham, NG31 9QY.       Free entry for under 16’s and carers with Carer’s Allowance letter.        See also map.

Dysart Park Fun Day

GAIN will have a stall at The Dysart Park Fun Day again this year, on Sunday 7th July 2019, 11am to after 4pm.       See::  Facebook      map.

We would be grateful for any donated tombola prizes – old toys, books, food/drink, plants, trinkets, toiletries, teddies, etc (we won’t turn anything down).        Please contact GAIN at
(01476) 855 070 to arrange to drop off or collect.        Thanks to everyone who has already donated prizes, including:  Poundland, Home Bargains, The Works and Subway.

Makaton course

An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on July 5th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham.        It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch.        She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.       The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.

Healthy Conversation

The NHS will be holding public engagement drop in sessions around Lincolnshire during May and June.       They want to take soundings about the future of local  health services.

Family dog workshops

Workshops for families with children diagnosed with autism in Lincoln on 7 Jun.       Click icon for details.        See Growing up about Dogs for Good.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 22 May in Lincoln,

Overcoming trauma

Hesley are putting on a free event for parents about overcoming trauma and building resilience for people with autism.        It will be on 8 May in Nottingham.        Click icon for details and to book.

Easter Quest

An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families.        Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest at Lincoln Castle.        Follow the white rabbit and seek out the clues to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddle and claim your chocolate reward.        Sat  20th Apr, 9am – 10am.        Click icon for more information.

East Midlands events

Workshop for parents of special needs children – Coping with Challenging Behaviour.       Wed, 3rd Apr, 10am – 12pm.        25 FREE places available for parents.        At Voluntary Action Rutland, Rutland Community Hub, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RB.         To book your free place email with your name, address and telephone number.        Please also state the age of your child with special needs, and the nature of his/ her disability.        Click poster preview to view.

Care & Support

This page is about care and support for adults on the spectrum in the general Grantham area.
For care & support for adults in beyond Grantham see:  Wider area       Activities       Specialist services.
See also:  Money 16+       Support for carers

Residential & community care


Autism Care, part of Lifeways group, provides care and support for adults.      Click icon for their autism page.      Their modes of support include:

    1. Registered residential care
    2. Supported Living – as an individual or in a group
    3. Outreach and daytime support

They have provision in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire for autism within 25 miles of Grantham.      See:  Search results  and scroll down to find them.      See also:  Referral process       new

Home from Home

A family firm has built a new specialist residential care home for adults in Dorrington, near Sleaford.       See:  news
It is called The Reeds and was opened in September 2016.      The de Savary family set up Home from Home  in response to their own experiences.       They have a number of other homes around Lincolnshire in:  Ruskington       Fiskerton       Bardney       Stallingborough         Day opportunities are also available for those with Individual Budgets or Direct Payments.

Support in the community

Thera Trust provide support at home, at work and in the community for adults with a learning disability.      They charge for their services, though they also explain how a Personal Budget from the local authority might make Thera an option.       Their nearest office is in Swingbridge Road, Grantham.       For more about Thera click icon.      See also Adult social care above.

Also, the National Autistic Society has a page about Brain in Hand offers access to personalised support from an app on your phone.       It has features to help you remember activities, reduce anxiety and feel supported.       For more about the app click icon.     

Adult social care

Click icon on the left for the Adult care services pages on Lincolnshire County Council website.        It includes a page on Adult care assessment, personal budgets and more.      See also Money under Benefits & care.

Click icon on the right for a list of pages about Adult social care in Lincolnshire Family Services Directory.      You may be able to narrow down the search using fields along top and down left hand margin.


Bladder & Bowel UK is Disability Living support group for promoting continence and product awareness.      Have a look at their resources for adults.      Their helpline is  a Manchester number.      Click also for email address.

Love, sex & relationships

Brandon Trust supports people with learning disability in other parts of the country.       They have developed new policy, guidance, and training around relationships, sex, and sexuality.      Click icon to read about it.       It might be worth a look for anyone interested in the issues.

Thera Trust provides services in the Grantham area – scroll up to Support in the community to find out about Thera.       They have a page called Making friendships.      They can act as facilitators for their service users.

NHS services

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers a range of services to support adults with learning disabilities.       They require professional referral.       Click icon for details.       See links to specific services at the bottom of that page.

Lincolnshire NHS website also has some handy links relating to learning disabilities:  Mental health services        NHS resouces

Life-long care

Here is a guide to securing life-long accommodations for adult children with special needs from a blogger in the USA.       If offers general guidance.

Adults supporting adults

Adults Supporting Adults (ASA) offer paid-for support, open to autistic clients.       Click icon to browse their website.

Day Time Provision 1 to 1 support in the community with focus on maintaining and developing independence and social skills.
Look for Sit2Gether and Shop2Gether under Resources.

Circles of support

The service will help you plan for the future.     They can help you and your family to look at who is there to support you to achieve your plan.      They can help you to plan how you would attend an activity for example or how you could have more opportunities to see your friends.        A Lincolnshire service.        Click page icon for more information or image preview.

Autism sign language

An autism mum has created a Facebook blog about her stories and method, supporting her non-verbal son.       Click icon to browse.       See also:  How it began         Speech and language

Mental wellbeing & support

While autism is about development rather than mental health, people with autism may have mental health issues too.

  • Mind is a UK charity that provides advice and support for mental health issues.       See:  website        what we do         advocacy
  • Shine Mental Health Support Network for Lincolnshire is a signposting service pointing people to appropriate services and support.      Their website includes information and notices of local activities, events and opportunities.      See:  introduction         website
  • Samaritans offer a safe place to talk at any time, in your own way – about anthing that is getting to you.      See website.

Special clothing

Adults 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 people with autism may engage in fecal smearing.      Hear is a list of some of the supplier sites of specialist body suits.





Support for carers

Resources for carers

Lincolnshire County Council has a guide to Information advice and support for carers.       Click icon to browse.

  • There are quite a few links, in particular Connect to support.
  • The Lincolnshire online resources for carers is a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council and Carers UK.      This service includes parents of children.      Look for the free access code to get access to the Digital resources for carers link.

Carers FIRST provides emotional and practical support, advice and information.      See:  Lincolnshire carers service.      Also look under their Online support menu option.

The Lincolnshire Carers Service may be able to give you further advice.      If you need to talk to someone about your caring role, call 01522 782224.


Support and resources are available for school aged children who care for an adult as well as adults who care for an adult.       See also:  Take a break for subsidised short breaks.

Support for carers

Lincolnshire Council also offers a broader range of support for carers.      Click icon to browse.       It includes breaks for carers.      See also:  Support for carers on the NHS website.

The people at Lincolnshire Customer Service Centre can help you directly or point you in the right direction as appropriate.
Phone:  01522 782224

Carer’s assessments

Carers FIRST have produced  an introduction to carer assessments to see what practical support a carer needs.      Click icon on the left to view.      If you are aged over 18 and you care for another adult, you are very likely to be eligible for an assessment.      First point of contact is the County Council’s Customer Service Centre: 01522 782224

Carers UK has produced a more detailed carer’s assessments guide – click icon on the right to view..      There is a factsheet to download.      It has a chapter about adult carers (over 18 years old) who are caring for another adult who is disabled.

  • A carer’s assessment is an opportunity to discuss with the local council what support or services you need.
  • Are your needs the result of you providing necessary care?
  • Does your caring role have an effect on you?
  •  Is there, or is there likely to be, a significant impact on your wellbeing?
  • If you, or the person you are looking after, are assessed by the local council/trust as needing support, then you or they have a right to ask for a direct payment instead of having the support arranged by the local council/trust.

Benefits for carers

The NHS publishes a clear and easy to follow guide to benefits for carers, including Carer’s Allowance.      Click icon to browse.      See also:  Carers UK for comprehensive information on a range of benefits in which carers might be interested.

For Carers allowance specifically see:  National Autistic Society       Government

Planning for the future

Parents may have concerns about financial provision for the future.      The National Autistic Society offers a wills and trusts phone service staffed by solicitors.       Click icon to find out more.

Take part in research – self-harm in autistic people


Mirabel Pelton is a researcher in the Mental Health in Autism group at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, led by Dr Sarah Cassidy.    She contacted GAIN inviting adults over 18 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in their study,

Existing research shows that autistic people self-harm more often than non-autistic people but there are no assessment tools or interventions to effectively assess, support or treat these difficulties.      Card sort task for self-harm helps people describe what happened before and after they self-harmed.     Click icon to find out more about the Card sort task.     There is a video introduction.

See also:  The project.        It is open to take part until it finishes in August 2022.

Cambridge research

Would you like to register with the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Cambridge, headed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.     They aim to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention.      They are looking for adults and parents of children with an autism diagnosis.

Click PDF icon for poster or twitter icon for updates about taking part.
See also:  website        volunteers



Just dance

Researchers at the University of Essex are currently working on a new project that involves autistic children playing the exercise game Just Dance with their parent or primary caregiver at home.      Online taster session on 15 September 2021.     Click icon to find out more.

GAIN was contacted by Phoebe Morris (MBPsS). PhD Studentship at the University of Essex.

School environment

This is a study of the ways in which a changed school environment has affected primary school children with ASD.    Would any parents/carers with a child aged 5-15 who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder like to take part in three online questionnaires?       Click icon for a letter from the researcher and a link to the first survey.

Sleep study

The University of York is running a project charting the early sleep patterns of infants at risk of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders.     If you have a baby with an older brother or sister with Autism they would love to hear from you.     This project explores sleep patterns in infant siblings through the use of sleep diaries.     Click icon for poster.     See also official project information.   The university will provide all items and materials as needed.       (Posted Oct 2017)

Child study

Are you a woman with autism?      Are you pregnant?      Click icon for the study poster.       Here is the study summary.     See also the website associated with their email address.

Carer technology

Would you be interested in taking part in a 3 month trial of a technology package to assist in co-ordinating home care?

1.      It provides the person being cared for with greater social interaction with their friends and family as well as reminding them to take their medication.
2.      Gives Carers the peace of mind with information about the person they are caring for such as through movement sensors confirming that they have visiting the toilet, opened the fridge door or medicine cabinet.         This is done by setting up various sensors and equipment, such as blood pressure monitors that can be linked to the technology.

See:   Technology       Letter        Form         Everyone website – emerging from Lincolnshire Carers & Young Carers Partnership (LCYCP)

Button - playNon-compliance behaviour

Could you spare some time for a telephone interview for a research project.            Click button for a video introduction.

Here is a little bit of background information about the project, that could be posted up to accompany the video:

We are researchers at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast and our project focuses on children’s non-compliance behaviour.
Non-compliance behaviour is when a child:

  • Ignore your requests…
  • Tries to talk their way out of doing things
  • Directly defies you
  • Says “no” a lot

Almost all children show some of these behaviours, but some children with autism seem to struggle especially with these sorts of behaviours.
Surprisingly little research has been carried out on why some children particularly struggle with non-compliance.    We aim to find out more about the factors that can influence the non-compliant behaviour children show so that we can start to develop bespoke helping strategies specifically designed for these behaviours.

We would like to hear from you if you are a caregiver of a child aged 5-11 years old who frequently shows the behaviour described above, and who behaves like this across different settings and where you feel the behaviour may be having a negative impact on the child and/or on the family. 

In this initial study, we would like caregivers to take part in an interview over the phone to talk about the behaviour.      Everyone who takes part will receive a feedback report about what we have found when this initial study is finished and we will update any families who wish with information about our ongoing progress in this project and future participation opportunities.

If you are interested in hearing more about the study and would like more information, please contact:

  • Katherine Grady:                07926 076 790 
  • Luke McCann:     
  • Kate Woodcock:              028 9097 4886

The interviews are due to be completed by the end of June 2016.

Self-Injurious Behaviour

This was an on-line survey.      The project leader said, We have developed two new questionnaires which measure beliefs about suicide and nonsuicidal self-injury.        Dr Andy Siddaway

See also  Support sheet       Stirling University






Specialist Services

NHS services

Lincolnshire NHS offers a range of services to support people over 18 with learning disabilities and/or autism  in the community.      Click icon for their web page.      The Lincolnshire Family Services directory has a series of pages covering that range of services .       See: Introduction and notice links to specific services at the bottom.

Occupational therapists

What do occupational therapists have to offer children and adults on the autism spectrum?       Where can they be found?       Click icon to help find out.


Floating services

Framwork’s floating support aims to promote the kind if skills and confidences needed for young people aged 18-25 in Lincoln to live independently.      Self-referrals can be made.      Click icon for more information.

Cauldwell Autism Services

Cauldwell Children’s Centre was opened at  Keele Science & Innovation Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 5NT, in 2019.      Click icon to find out about autism services.        The page has a service guide download.       Autism services cater for ages 4 – 11.      See also:  Home       FAQ      apply       map.

Family graffiti 

Before Covid, Family Graffiti was putting on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based workshops in Sleaford and Boston for parents – including those with an autistic child.       Children learn via their cognitive process.    They are constantly receiving and retaining information from everything they see, do, hear, witness, touch, taste… but children are psychologically ‘tuned in’ with their primary carer.    Therefore, cognitive behavioural therapy is quicker, more effective and longer lasting when it is delivered via the parent.       Click icon to see if anything is happening now.


The National Autistic Society (NAS) Early Bird Programme is a three-month programme designed to help parents and carers understand their child’s autism and find ways to communicate, interact and generally make contact.       See Family support to find out more.


Advance offers support and housing across Lincolnshire for young people with a learning disability.       Their support is primary delivered in the Boston area.       Anyone can contact them.

Family Action Support

North East Lincs Family Action Support Team (FAST) is a specialist service for families with children with attention and behavioural difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other complex needs, aged 3-17 years. 


Linkage supports children, parents and carers where the children are aged between the age of 5-18 and have special educational needs, learning disabilities /difficulties across the whole of Lincolnshire.       The service is free.      They can:

  • Provide guidance and reassurance in completing referral, benefit forms and support in following appeal processes and attending tribunals.
  • Provide support on strategies that can be used in the home or in school.
  • Support young people and their parents getting the right support in school, preparing to leave school or college, training courses, colleges, supported internships and supported employment  and day activity opportunities.
  • Planning for the future – work, supported accommodation, available leisure activities.
  • Meet children and families at home, liaise with the school.

Click icon for more information,

Options Autism

This is the new name for Options Group.      They accept referrals for specialist autistic services in North Lincolnshire.      Click icon to see their map.      They offer:

Autism East Midlands

Autism East Midlands aims to to ensure people with autism can live their lives with dignity, choice and independence.      The nearest services to Grantham are in the Nottingham area.      They offer:

Short breaks

Lincolnshire County Council has a Short breaks team.

Associated conditions

See menu for more conditions:

See also Developmental conditions.

Demand avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent.      Click icon for the National autistic society page.   

PDA society

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is part of the autism spectrum.         Click page icon on the left for PDA society website.
See also: Support strategies from the PDA society.

Click Facebook icon for the PDA support group – a large Facebook group.

Demand avoidance sounds similar to Oppositional defiance, so what is the difference?      Have a look at Parenting strategies and look for the Lisa Atkin heading.       See also: Sue Larkey.      new

Mental health

The National Autistic Society has a page about mental health and autism.       Click page icon to view.        Also, Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and mental health.       Click PDF icon to view.

Here is a handy guide to Healthy coping skills for uncomfortable emotions written by a psychotherapist.         (new)

Patients may be referred to a psychiatrist for associated mental health issues.       See NHS introduction.        Ambitious about Autism has produced a guide to making the most of an appointment.

NHS reforms

The NHS Transforming care agenda has been aiming to support autistic children and adults in the community rather than inappropriate inpatient units.      Click icon to read about it.

Executive Functioning

Executive functions are the brain’s self-management system.        Problems with executive function can be linked to autistic traits in later life.      Click icon for Options help sheet.       It starts with James at school.

For more examples and how to address them read about Josh in this article.


Tourette’s syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics.       See introduction

  • Tourettes Action website seems to be the go-to place for all things Tourettes.      Click icon on the left to browse.       They have a Find support menu.
  • The Lincolnshire support group meets in Lincoln and Grantham.
  • Discussions :  Netmums        Tourettes & Aspergers
  • Facebook videos might be worth a look.

Swallowing difficulties

Click icon to view help sheet for people with Autism about Dysphagia by a speech and language therapist.


Autistica has produced a help sheet about autism and epilepsy.       Click icon to view.  See also Epilepsy Action:  Website           Information         Help & support



Coronavirus resources

Walk-in vaccinations

The county’s two Mass Vaccination Centres at PRSA, Boston, and at the Lincolnshire Showground offer walk-ins as well as booked appointments.      Click icon for more about vaccinations in Lincolnshire.      It has an option for Walk-in clinics this week, showing up-coming pop-up walk-in sessions:


For online workshops see: Related calendar         More resources:

Easy read

Mencap has several easy read guides for the life under current Coronavirus restrictions.      Click icon to browse.      Maybe the vaccine page might be of particular interest.

See also UK Government:  Road map out of lockdown       Census 2021

Support for carers

The government and the NHS has produced a Covid-19 carer support letter to identify yourself as a carer in shops etc.      Click icon for more information and to download the letter.


The NHS continues to update its Coronavirus page.       It is straight forward to browse.      Click icon to view.

Government guidance

SKDC has launched its Covid community information hub.       Click icon to get the latest for the Grantham area.

  • Phone: 01476 406177 / 406358 : 8am – 7pm
  • Email:

See also  for the UK government’s complete Guidance and support

Resources and updates

Here is a collection of resources and updates for the current situation from the National Autistic Society and others       Click icon to browse.


Covid has changed many things over the past year and scammers are seeking to take advantage.      Click icon to read about it.

Social story

Here is a social story about seeing people with face masks.        Click icon to take a look.      If it is not just what you want, does it give you any ideas?      See also: how to write your own         free images

Face coverings

Professor Ellen Townsend makes a plea for compassion for those who cannot wear face coverings.       She outlines the many reasons why some people may not be using a face covering.       Professor Townsend leads research at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham.
Click icon for article.       See also:  Mask anxiety

Lincolnshire heritage & culture

Lincolnshire County Council have a number of short stories from long ago, produced by Lincoln Castle, on Youtube.       Click icon to see the list.

Occupational therapists

The National autistic society sets out what occupational therapists have to offer autistic children.     Click page icon to view.     On the right is a booklet that gives an occupational therapist’s view of sensory issues.      It addresses how to read the signs and coping strategies.      Click PDF icon to browse.

Specialist Occupational Therapy

Lincolnshire NHS’s Learning Disability service provides a range of specialist health services for adults (aged 18+) with learning disabilities.       Click icon for the occupational therapy page.      See also: Lincolnshire NHS page.

Find a therapist

The Royal college of occupational therapists has a handy facility to search for OT practitioners.      Click icon to browse the results for children and adolescents in the Grantham area.       See also:  blank search screen.

Sensory issues

Below are a few of the occupational therapists from the search results above who address sensory issues:

  • An obvious choice might be Children’s Sensory Therapy       Clicking the map option shows a location in Grantham but their website only seems to have a Nottingham clinic.
  • Rebecca Johnson describes herself as a Sensory integration practitioner.     She has experience with infants and offers visits to a Nottingham clinic, according to the map option.
  • Kerry Delany describes herself as a Specialist Occupational Therapist and Sensory integration practitioner:      Their is a location shown in Grantham on the map option.
  • Conor Mc Donagh looks like a more analytical Sensory integration practitioner, among other things.       There is a Grantham location on the map option.

There are more sensory specialist occupation therapists listed in the search results, if you want to be more thorough.

Also, have you been to the Belton lane children’s centre ?      They have a sensory room which is free to use.

Employment News

Paid work experience

Ambitious about autism has a programme offering paid work experience for a limited time.        Click icon to find out about it.        The Work experience opportunities page shows what is currently available.       They are getting some opportunities outside London and online now.


Earlier employment news seemed to come from the USA but there have been development to report in the UK more recently.

The pattern seekers

Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading authority on autism, has written a book called The pattern seekers.      It explains a new theory of human invention, unpicking the instincts and processes that have driven human progress.       He concludes that the great engine of our advancement as a species has been autistic behaviour.       Click icon for a book review.       See also:  Library        Good reads         Amazon         The book may be at bit heavy going, though, if you have no medical qualifications.

Pints of progress

Spotlight Brewery is a social brew collective, providing training and work for people with learning disabilities.       Click icon to listen to a BBC podcast about it.


Ultranauts was set up to demonstrate that neurodiversity can be a competitive advantage.       At the New York-based quality engineering start-up,  75% of workers are on the autistic spectrum.       Click icon to read about it.

DVLA U-turn

The DVLA has reversed its decision on disclosure for people with autism.       Drivers with autism will only need to disclose diagnosis if their driving is affected.       Click icon for article, dated 5 Mar 2019.

Experts by experience

Have you used NHS services?       Four openings for paid employment for people with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire by the NHS were publicised in 2017.       Click icon to find out about it or have a look at this summary.         Update (2018)

28 years of service

An autistic man was told that he wouldn’t last a month in his job, but now he is to retire after 28 years of service.        Shaun Condon, 54, worked for almost three decades as a cleaner at Newport Bus in Wales.

Trail-blazing companies

Read about what these four major companies are doing for autism employment.        Click icon for article

Building careers

One tech start-up’s quest to build careers for people with autism in California.      See article

A teenager named Sam

It can be difficult finding employment when you are on the spectrum, but here is an example of a young man who was able to work behind the bar at Starbucks!

Supported work

The fuss over Lord Freud’s comment, in October 2014, that some disabled people are “not worth” the minimum wage may seem worrying for some.        All the main political parties were at pains to state that all disabled people should continue to be paid at least the minimum wage, though, which gives some reassurance.

There is already a wage subsidy scheme for the benefit of a particular group of disabled employees.      This forms part a a broader package of support for people with disabilities.       You may qualify for this support if you are awarded Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).        Here is a page that tells you How to claim ESA.

Mind campaign

Mind, the mental health charity, believe that mainstream Back to Work schemes are inappropriate for people with mental health issues.       If you agree it might be worth giving their Report summary a look.

But does this apply to people on the autistic spectrum?        See Mental health & autism