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 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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What causes ADHD and how to help a child with ADHD

In this series of articles, we will discuss some of the most common questions parents ask about various additional needs. We’re going to start with ADHD. ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, […]

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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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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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Introduction to Sensory Processing

Many children with autism struggle with sensory processing. As shown in a previous article, sensory issues are now part of the diagnostic criteria. Our senses affect how we respond to the world around us. Many children are either over-sensitive (hyper) or under-sensitive (hypo) and it can be tricky for them to cope with their reactions […]

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Tips for claiming DLA

It’s one of the questions I get asked a lot : “Is it worth applying? What if they turn me down? What if I say the wrong thing?” Well, the worst ‘they’ (The DWP) can say is ‘No’. So give it a go. DLA (disability living allowance) is there for us to help our children […]

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What is ASD?

ASD stands for Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The ICD-11 is the most commonly used manual for autism diagnosis in the UK and it describes autism like this: “A group of disorders characterized by qualitative abnormalities in reciprocal social interactions and in patterns of communication, and by a restricted, stereotyped, repetitive repertoire of interests and activities. These […]

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