Pathological Demand Avoidance: what is it and what strategies can help?

A lot of our children with additional needs struggles with everyday ‘demands’- requests, expectations, questions, commitments. But for some, even the most routine of expectations cause great anxiety; that’s when we see Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) or extreme demand avoidance. What is PDA? Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a condition which is part of the […]

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How can we reduce problems with sleep?

Many children (and parents) struggle with establishing a regular, healthy sleep routine. This is especially true when our children have additional needs because they often have dysregulations in their neurotransmitter levels or are particularly sensitive to external stimuli. They may also be affected by circadian rhythm disorders or be genetically predisposed to certain sleep issues. […]

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Creating a sensory diet for your child

It is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of an occupational therapist or other SEN advisor before implementing a sensory diet, but below are some tools to help establish your child’s needs and a variety of safe strategies and materials you can use at home while you are awaiting further assessment. So first off, […]

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How to help our children with anxiety: using workbooks

Many of our children struggle with anxiety; especially if they have SEN or disabilities. The anxiety has only been heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic and the many disruptions to their lives. I’m often asked for recommendations of emotional literacy resources and workbooks to help with anxiety. Here are a few of the favourites- let me […]

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The impact of sensory processing issues and how to help

Sensory processing issues are a common comorbidity of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and ADHD. But what does the term ‘sensory processing’ actually mean and how does it manifest? How can we help our children when they are suffering from sensory overload or sensory-craving to the point of injuring themselves? Some children receive a diagnosis […]

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How to help our children with anxiety: The Worry Eater

Worry-eaters!These are a fabulous resource if you have a child who struggles with anxiety and also finds it difficult to either express their worries or put them to one side. They can draw a picture of their worry, or write it down and then feed it to the worry monster! When the child is ready, […]

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Lockdown Home Learning Visual Timetable Images

Kindly designed and provided by Castlewood School in West Sussex, here are some brilliant additions to your visual timetables: they are especially designed to help us with the changes to our children’s schedules due to lockdown home learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How to help our special needs children: Using Visual Aids

Visual aids are a marvelous way to help children with additional needs. Many children are visual learners, and children who struggle with sensory overload find verbal prompts or reminders difficult to understand when they already have so much information being processed. A visual aid helps them to focus, to understand what is happening next, which […]

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Autistic Women & Girls

How many autistic women do you know? Probably more than you think. Autism is typically thought of as something which affects mostly males but recent research shows that it could be affecting just as many females; it’s just that they don’t exhibit the same signs. Girls and women with autism tend to ‘mask’ socially. That […]

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What’s his super power?

Believe it or not, parents of autistic children get asked this a lot. It’s hard to know how to reply, because if a person is genuinely curious, it’s nice to encourage dialogue, but they may be disappointed with the answer of “He takes 17 minutes to put on a shoe” or “She is adept at […]

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