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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Getting the whole family ready for school and out of the door on time and with all the right kit is never easy. There’s usually lots of shouting, nagging and panic involved! Chaos or calm? A less stressful and chaotic morning is possible with a little preparation. When children have the skills to get ready independently, […]
The phrase ‘special needs’ is a very generic term. Children with special needs are not only different from their so called ‘normal’ peers but they are also different from one another. Each child with special needs presents with a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. However a lack of organisational skills is the one challenge […]
How do you teach a reluctant child how to pack their own bag with all the right things they need for the day ahead and to bring it all home again? Clare, whose own children learnt this important skill with TomTag, recommends the following simple steps: 1. Select one day when there are not many […]