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Coping with a family Christmas for an anxious teen with autism

For my teenage son Tom, who has autism, thinking about our family Christmas meal is causing him anxiety. These are some of the strategies we’ve developed to help him cope with and enjoy the day.

Dyslexia – it’s not just about reading

Dyslexia is most commonly understood as a condition that causes difficulties with reading. It is less well known that dyslexia can also impact on organisation and time management skills, which is sometimes referred to as executive functioning.  What are the signs? A child with dyslexia who has executive functioning issues may have difficulty: remembering to take […]

Back to school – new bundles to help with anxiety and organisation

You’ve got the uniform, the new shoes, pencil-case and stationery and they’re all neatly labelled with your child’s name – but being ready to start or go back to school isn’t just about having all the right kit.    Starting school for the first time, going to a new school or moving to a new […]

Joining the SBS family

Orkid Ideas was founded in October 2010, the same month that Theo Paphitis (of Ryman Stationery and Dragons’ Den fame) created his Small Business Sunday #SBS initiative on Twitter. Each week, Theo chooses his favourite small businesses from the thousands that tweet him on a Sunday evening and rewards them by re-tweeting their tweets to his […]

Surviving Christmas with help from TomTag

Christmas is a magical and exciting time but for many children with autism and other SEN, the festive period can be anything but wonderful. Changes in routine, a house pulsating with flashing Christmas lights and a steady stream of visitors can be too overwhelming and lead to sensory overload, anxiety, distress and confusion. Making adjustments that help […]

TomTag Feelings tag-o-meter

The TomTag feelings tag-o-meter is a visual feelings thermometer that can be used to support the development of all the skills required for good emotional intelligence. It can help children to understand and communicate their feelings. By linking with a visual reminder of appropriate actions and strategies, they can learn how to manage those feelings […]