Be back to school ready

Be back to school ready

Preparation is the key to a successful start back to school or move to a new educational setting for our young people on the autistic spectrum. Most of us can recall the tummy tingling anticipation of a return to school as shopping for a new pencil case, shoes, and a haircut signal the end of […]

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes….

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes….

Planning, preparation and patience are key to creating happy Summer holidays for families when taking the needs of someone on the autistic spectrum into consideration. So along with the sun cream and sandals make sure you pack a few of these handy travel tips. Most people on the spectrum find change challenging and surprises can […]

Help for H.E. students on the autism spectrum

Help for H.E. students on the autism spectrum

To get help with when you are doing a Higher Education course you could apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). There is lots of information on the internet about applying, but this is a few tips from an applicant’s perspective after having gone through the process. DSA is not means tested and is a grant […]

World Autism Awareness Week

World Autism Awareness Week

World Autism Awareness Week March 26th –  April 2nd To mark World Autism Awareness Week, we bring you a review of our activities during the year, along with our thanks for the continued support of our fantastic parents, carers, families and friends – and the amazing young people who are the inspiration for everything we […]

Eye Contact

Eye Contact

Scientists have shed new light on why people with autism often find it difficult to make eye contact. Research shows that avoidance of eye contact is a way of decreasing an unpleasant sensation caused by an over stimulation in a particular part of the brain and is not simply a sign of social and personal […]

Yo! Ho ! No!!

Yo! Ho ! No!!

Take a look at tips to help make the festive season fun for everyone with a few well planned action points to support your family member on the autism spectrum. The Festive season can be a fun packed frenzied time, but can also be a confusing sensory assault that leaves those on the spectrum overwhelmed […]

Not sleeping?

Not sleeping?

As the clocks go back and thoughts turn to how to persuade young children to stay in bed for that extra hour, we take a look at why sleep can be such a struggle for someone on the spectrum and what we can do to help. Sleep problems are thought to affect up to 80% […]

Is sensory sensitivity behind your child’ challenging behaviour?

Is sensory sensitivity behind your child’ challenging behaviour?

Meltdowns in the middle of markets, tears at tea time, and stressful school runs – sound familiar? Parenting can be exhausting at the best of times and can bring additional joys and challenges for those of us raising children on the spectrum. It’s easy to find ourselves fire -fighting the latest mini crisis as we […]

Female, feisty, fun – and autistic. The missing women and girls on the spectrum who are finally being recognised

Female, feisty, fun – and autistic. The missing women and girls on the spectrum who are finally being recognised

It seems the world is waking up to the fact that autism is not a condition that mostly affects boys and that there may be as many as 100,000 undiagnosed woman and girls on the spectrum in the UK alone. So where have they all been and why didn’t we know about them? Part of […]