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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 […]

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 […]

Coping with going shopping

Many shopping experiences can be extremely difficult to cope with for autistic individuals and those who care for them. Changes to  routine, difficult social interactions with strangers and overwhelming sensory experiences are just some of the issues that can cause stress, anxiety, fear and meltdowns. So why do we bother? We all need food to […]