Christmas and autism: How to make Christmas autism friendly.

The bright lights, shopping crowds, parties, and Christmas dinner… not everyone is able to feel quite so wonderful at the most wonderful time of year. However, there are many ways that you can make Christmas autism friendly for your child so that everyone can enjoy the festivities. Why can Christmas be hard for autistic children? […]

Screen time and autism: How to manage your child’s screen time

Screen time pros and cons

  Screen time can be great for children, and many autistic children find it beneficial. With endless options at your child’s fingertips technology allows children to explore identity and independence, but it’s important to put boundaries in place to find a balance which will keep your child safe and happy. Why is it important to […]

Self care for carers: How to care for yourself as a carer

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We know that is often the case for parents and carers of disabled children. Looking after your own well-being can be an opportunity to make time for yourself, which will leave you feeling refreshed. Self-care is not only beneficial for your own health but also for the person you’re caring for too. By looking after […]

Tips to make bonfire night a positive experience for autistic and disabled children

New blog post: five tips from Caudwell Children to make bonfire night a more positive experience for autistic and disabled children

Bonfire night can cause anxiety and distress for many children including those with sensory issues or a disability. The dazzling firework displays can be exciting, but due to their unpredictable nature they may also cause sensory overload for some autistic and disabled children. With the help of parents who responded on our Facebook page, we’ve […]

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 […]

Report: Parents’ struggle to get mobility equipment for disabled child

A Caudwell Children report [link] published today has revealed the difficulties that parents often face when trying to access vital mobility equipment for their child. At Caudwell Children we have 21 years of first-hand experience supporting disabled children and their families to access the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need. That often means that […]

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 […]