What is stimming? Stimming in autistic children

Many autistic children stim. But what is stimming? Stimming is a ‘self-stimulating’ behaviour, this means behaviour which feels good or helps us regulate our emotions. Stimming is usually a repetitive action, such as a movement (hand-flapping) or sound (high pitched noises), but there are many different ways to stim. How does someone stim? There are […]

How to explain autism to others

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Get our FREE autism assessment referral guide  If you have an autistic child, you may find that friends and family want to know more about autism. Or maybe you’d like to explain autism to someone who will spend a lot of time with your child, like a teacher. Explaining autism can be hard, but it […]

How to use visual timetables for autistic children

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Visual timetables can help autistic children better understand what is about to happen and reduce anxiety around change of routine. They can be used to explain any routine or activity helping your child prepare for the event. Did you know we offer fully-funded autism assessments? You can find out more here. What is a visual […]

Using Social Stories: Helping autistic children understand social cues

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Social Stories are a great tool to help young people better understand and interact within the world around them by providing a unique story which explains the scenario. Some autistic and disabled children find it challenging to understand social cues and why certain behaviours are expected in given situations. Social Stories™ were created by Carol […]

Simple calming strategies for disabled children

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Calming strategies are an important tool for any parent. Emotional regulation can be hard, so our Occupational Therapist, Manny, has put together five simple strategies for soothing disabled children. Listen to calming music This can be anything from nursery rhymes to white noise. Try different sounds and music and observe your child’s response. You can […]

What is autism? Signs and assessments explained

What is autism

If your child has been referred for an autism assessment, or you know someone who has, you may find yourself asking “what is autism?” There are lots of myths and misconceptions out there, so we’ve put together this blog post to answer some of your questions. Question: What are the signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder? […]

Autism assessments in Staffordshire – Caudwell Children

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The Caudwell Children Autism Service provides Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment and diagnosis at our purpose-built centre in Staffordshire. We accept referrals from any health, education or social care professional who know the child and family well. Our autism service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, currently rated as Good. During the COVID-19 restrictions Caudwell […]