Books are great for our kids but we often find they aren’t naturally inclusive. I’ve found four that I’d recommend for kids and have a giveaway for one #ontheblog. It makes a real difference to my kids when they can recognise something of themselves or their siblings in a story they enjoy. But it’s more than that, it’s other kids reading the books and seeing the different characters as a regular part of a story too. That could make an even bigger difference.
Finding ways to engage the kids in activities can be challenging. Both boys spend most of their time on iPads and other devices. It works for them. Sometimes though sensory activities work too. This one #ontheblog recently involved slime play and worked well. It’s great for their motor skills and sensory systems too.
The days have turned cold. While we all pile on warm clothing to enjoy our family walks the boys #senses are dealing with plenty. The wind, the low sun and even the loud crunching of the leaves. David refuses to wear gloves so his hands get cold. It’s all normal for our autistic family autumn walks. #ontheblog recently we’ve had some sensory activities which can help kids with their processing. As for me, I love running through piles of leaves 🍁
It’s not always easy for us to go out altogether. We try to do it as much as possible but I’ve also come to realise we each need time to do what we like too. It means capturing these moments together can be challenging esp. as one of us if often trying to help one of the kids cope with what’s happening. But every now and again, we get a lovely shot of us all. 😁 You can read about how we captured this one #ontheblog
Time passes by. Jane’s been cry independent, packing her backpack for trips in the forest. We love learning in the woods, you can #win a @forestholidays pack full of learning bits for time in the wood too on our blog at the moment!
Part of the success if Jane’s birthday parties is that we plan to have her brothers there. Just because they are #autistic doesnt mean they can come or join in. But it can take a but of planning. We had a great party with @giraffebouncy - read more about how and why it was awesome for our #autismfamily and guests on our blog.
Making burrowing bunny cakes may seem like just a bit of fun (and it really is) but it’s also great for exercising your visual spatial and motor skills. Pretty handy for developing kids including ones like ours with #autism and #dyspraxia.