Useful Links and Information
I decided I would do a blog post on websites I felt that are of great use to autism families. Many of these websites have given me great ideas and has activities Dian would've done or still does today.
A website called Seomra Ranga is aimed at helping all children of different abilities. A national school teacher who is founder of this website has a few articles that I felt could help Dian and help other children with autism. Here are 2 articles I am very interested in:
http://www.seomraranga.com/2016/09/hard-and-soft-sorting/ - This helps with knowing the difference between hard and soft. something child with autism may find hard.
http://www.seomraranga.com/2016/09/mobile-phone-numbers/ This teaches children how to remember phone numbers, it may be suitable for older children with autism.
Another Website I really like is Little Puddins. Amanda, a mum of two boys with autism runs this wonderful website. She has helped me greatly in the past and the work she does is brilliant.
http://littlepuddins.ie/autism/autism-characteristics/ This article clearly displays some of the autism characteristics a child with autism may have.
http://littlepuddins.ie/autism-life-skills/#more-1677 This post has a great variety of different free printable autism life skills that a child with autism can use. For example a communication board to help the child tell you what they want.
A website called Sugar Aunts is ran by an aunt who is an Occupational Therapist. Her article on a sensory bag has been very helpful and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for sensory toys for their child.
Last but not least is Middletown Centre for Autism. They are based in Armagh and I have found them very useful for researching for college courses. They also interviewed a woman called Julia Pithouse, her daughter has Autism and her son has Asperger’s syndrome. It a very touching interview about the connection these two siblings have.
I hope you have found these links helpful and informative. If you have any questions please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org