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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.

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 […]

Understanding feelings and emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence – what is it? Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to be aware of and recognise our emotions, understand and express them, and to realise how they affect those around us. Emotional intelligence is known to be a key factor in success in life, quality of relationships and overall happiness. How are you […]

School morning routines

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, […]

TomTag for all the family

Reading through our recent blog posts you could be forgiven for thinking that TomTag is just for children with special needs. As an avid list-maker and user myself, I know that it can be a useful tool for any member of the family. I find the last few weeks of school a frustrating time. All the good habits my children […]

Sensory strategies for personal care

Our lives are full of sensory experiences. We take in information about the world around us through our senses – we touch, move, see, hear, taste and smell. Many people with autism have difficulties interpreting this sensory information. Sensory sensitivity can significantly impact an individual’s behaviour and ability to develop independence in life skills. Here are […]