• Autism

    Sibling Interaction

    We have been a family of four for ten weeks now and it has been an adjustment for all of us. My biggest fear at the beginning of our ‘four’ journey was would Ethan accept Little E and thankfully Ethan adores his little sister. There is still a long way to go on their sibling journey but it has been a very positive start. Ethan doesn’t know how to interact and play with other children, this of course isn’t helped by the fact that he is non-verbal. This issue with interaction is an autistic trait. It’s very sad to watch your child in a room full of children and they…

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    Toilet Training With Autism

    Before I had children I was positive that when my children started school they would be toilet trained, to name just a few things. Then we entered the world of Autism and I realised our goals would have to be adjusted. Not being toilet trained has been a tough pill to swallow. I never dreamed I would have to rely on someone to make sure my child is clean at school. The cold hard truth is that our child may never be toilet trained but we have to at least try to implement steps that could trigger the toilet training process. Turning four was the first milestone in the toilet…

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    The Special Needs Dentist

    Ethan’s teeth are a major worry for me. After finally letting us put a toothbrush up to his mouth with some toothpaste on it last April this is where our progress has halted. His sensory issues with his mouth isn’t letting us clean his teeth correctly and my biggest fear is that we are going to have a child that needs to be sedated and have teeth removed because of this.  With this in mind we have been having family appointments at our dentist in the hope that Ethan will get used to the situation. His fear of everything medical and not letting anyone near his mouth means that these…

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    Five Tips To Improve Sleep Patterns For Children With Autism

    If your child has autism and bedtimes have become a nightmare, here are five tips from Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson, authors of Sleep and Your Special Needs Child that may help to make bedtime easier.  Keep a sleep diary and see if you can work out any patterns to your child’s sleep issues. Share the information with your child’s health care providers and ask if there is a sleep service in your area that you can access.  Go visual! Use a visual timetable in the run up to bedtime so that your child can understand what is going to happen throughout the evening. Often children have little concept of…

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    Final Statement and Confirmed School Placement

    In February I wrote about the Proposed Statement that Ethan had been issued with. How I wasn’t 100% happy with it, and how I had written a nine page letter expressing my concerns and the school I would like Ethan to attend.  The council informed me they had received my letter and they had given me a date of the 25th of March which would be the date that we would know if they had applied my requested changes, and a school placement would be confirmed.  Great I thought, this would mean we would have plenty of time to prepare for his transition into mainstream school, as that is where I…

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