My first selection of recommendations aren’t about autism but are books that my 4-year-old autistic daughter loves. Ada Twist Scientist and Rosie Revere Engineer These books are great for fighting against the idea that girls can’t be scientists and engineers. Meg and Mog Despite being over 40 years old, the Meg and Mog series of […]
Stimming is one of the most visible symptoms of autism, some children flap their hands, others rock, pace, flick their fingers, tap pencils, use fidget spinners, press switches, bite their nails or tongue, suck their fingers or twirl their hair. Their are some great toys to assist with fidgeting or stimming.
Sensory difficulties are central to many autistic people. Some children are known as sensory seekers while others are sensory avoiders.
I am a keen fan of toys that are subtly educational. I am always looking out for toys that help to develop children’s problem solving, spatial awareness and manual dexterity.
It isn’t just autistic children who enjoy tactile sensations. Touch is a sense that everyone can get pleasure from whether it be fluffy, fuzzy, crinkly, rubbery, slimy or smooth. This is proably the reason behind the recent slime craze.
Construction toys are great for lining up, stacking, connecting, building dolls houses, cars fortresses or just about anything a child’s imagination can dream up. The great thing about most construction toys is that their abstract design appeals both to the role-players who want to build a dream home for their dollies and to the future […]
Autistic children often struggle with developing balance and co-ordination, as with most things it takes a lot of practice and practice can be boring unless you can disguise it as play.
It can be frustrating finding toys for an autistic child until you figure out what engages them, what may seem amazing to a neurotypical kid will be utterly dull or pointless to a neurodiverse kid and vice versa. One of the signs that added to my suspicion that my daughter was autist was that my […]
As a mum to an autistic child, I have found some great communities online and found some great information; unfortunately, I have also seen the dark side of autism on the web. There are many claimed medical cures for autism; some are dangerous all are bogus. The only purpose these cures serve is to distract […]
Do you have a child with autism or an autistic child? Does it matter? Unfortunately, for those of us embarking on the autism journey as a parent, it can be challenging to understand which is the better nomenclature.
Nobody really knows what cause autism; it may be a mix of genetic and/or environmental factors. Autism often runs or clusters in some families or generations of families, but it can also appear out of nowhere. It’s common for identical twins to both be autistic but not always so. There are variants of genes that […]
I have seen many people ask for advice about getting their neurodiverse children out of the house in the morning or complaining about how they can never get to places on time. I have a young girl on the autism spectrum and have never found mornings to be particularly difficult. I suspect it is because […]
High versus low functioning autism is probably the most common misconception related to autism spectrum condition. Unfortunately, the word spectrum gives credence to the low versus high concept. The spectrum really means that autistic people are as different to each other as they are to allistic or neurotypical people. We don’t consider red to be […]
Imagine meeting someone, you really like, getting up the courage to ask them out and them saying yes, only to later be rejected for no apparent reason. Imagine applying for jobs and never hearing anything despite having a good CV that you’ve worked really hard on. Or imagine, walking through the playground at school and […]