Category Archives: Autism

Grants For Autistic Children

Another website I have recently discovered is MyGrants.co.uk.  This website is easy to navigate and includes a whole range of useful grants for disabled adults and children.  I have used Family Fund to buy sensory equipment for my son but was unaware of many of the other grants listed here.  There are some great links, all easy to follow – wish I’d found this site sooner.  The site includes links to  advice on disability law, holiday and equipment grants and grants for carers.  Well worth a look!

Time for Bed Little Ted App Review

Check out Touch Autism’s recent review of ‘Time For Bed Little Ted’:

Time for Bed Little Ted is a sweet and helpful interactive bedtime story for tucking in your kids. It offers a calming and cute bear that has to get ready for bed. The child will help the bear as he puts his toys away, gets his pajamas on, and brushes his teeth. As he works through the steps of a bedtime routine, the interactive activities are simple and engaging to the story. As bedtime can be a challenging task each night for many young children, this app can help as a social story schedule and to better support a typical nightly routine. It also is very calming and perfect as a bedtime story.

The beautiful story was written by Kryssy Hurley. You can read more about her journey on creating this app on her website, Time for Bed Little Ted. She talks a little about being a parent of a child with ASD and her focus on finding a story that can support all children. She also talks about how this sweet story evolved into an Ebook and now an app that is available on an Android and the iPad. The hand drawn illustrations are done by Monika Suska. Other contributors for music, narration, and development include: Dan Budd, Jasmine Hyde, Antenna Studios, Alejandra Labraga Arbelo, and Blakethedev.com.

They also have some fantastic apps on their site to support children with autism.  I have recently downloaded ‘Staying Safe and Safer Strangers’, an app which teaches about stranger-danger.  It uses social stories to break down social and behavioural skills into smaller steps that are simple and easy for a child to understand. “Talking about getting lost and teaching about community safety can be a scary, or daunting task. These two social stories teach what to do to stay safe in the community with simple descriptive language and fun illustrations. These social stories provide a vocabulary for you to talk about these important skills.”

I am also intending to download ‘Visual Timer’ and ‘Calm Counter’, both resources which I think would work well with my son.

Gold Mom’s Choice Award achieved!

5077 Moms Choice Certificate-04th February 2016

We are delighted to have achieved the Gold Mom’s Choice Award.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of items from more than 55 countries.

Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

SENSORY RESOURCES

I’m constantly on the look out for useful resources to help with my son’s special needs. I’ve recently purchased disco lights for the bath, as my son finds having a bath incredibly hard at the best of times, a sensory black-out tent and a bag of sensory goodies to take with us when we do manage to go out.

 

Recently, I was recommended the following site for training and resources.

http://www.hirstwood.com/about-us/

Any other sites or resources gladly received and will be shared if I think they might be useful.

Is your computer keeping you awake? f.lux: Change the colour of your computer screen depending on time of day

f.lux software site asks us if we’ve ever noticed how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow about them!

Perhaps you wake up ready to write down your Next Great Idea but get blinded by your computer screen?

f.lux explains:

“During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

f.lux

f.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.”

I have already downloaded this on all our laptops.  I am researching gaming glasses for my son to use when on the XBox.  Any recommendations in this area would be welcome!

Online Summer Camp!

I came across this too late – but what a wonderful idea!  Online Summer camps!  From making comic books or tackling learning challenges in subject specific camps to sharing Minecraft ideas!  What a fantastic way to keep kids engaged in their learning and to put them in touch with other children with similar interests.  For my autistic son, who often worries about leaving the house and will not generally participate in clubs, this is perfect.  Will definitely be checking this out next Summer!

http://tocaboca.com/magazine/online-camps-kids/

Princess Visits Autism School

http://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/articles/2015-06-15/saudi-princess-pays-fact-finding-visit-to-ambitious-about-autism

Pupils at the TreeHouse School in Muswell Hill, north London, an educational establishment for children with autism were visited by HRH Princess Al Hanouf Mamdouh Al Saud, a member of the Saudi Royal Family. The Princess was interested in finding out how Tree House School, and its parent charity Ambitious about Autism (AaA), carried out its work with autistic children in Britain.

During her  visit she was taken on a tour of Tree House School, which was purpose built in 2008 and funded with money raised from parents and donors and which provides education for 90 children and young people aged between 4-19.   The school is renowned for its innovative and ground-breaking work with autistic children, and people from across the world regularly visit the school to learn more about its work.