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How Young Carers Helped Me

  My sister is Autistic and life is sometimes very hard.  She doesn’t sleep and at the time I was referred to Young Carers she was very depressed and that made me really sad and depressed too.   I was missing school a bit because I felt ill and had a nervous tummy.  I didn’t know that this was because of life I just thought I was poorly.   When my school spoke to my parents about it they said they could make a referral to “The Young Carers” and that it may help.  So my parents agreed and shortly
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What it’s like having a sibling with Additional Needs

  My Mum asked me what it was like to have a sibling with additional needs? The problem is I don’t know what it’s like to have a sibling who doesn’t have additional needs.   Here are some things I do know:   Me and my sister don’t fight or argue like typical siblings.  She is often in her own world so doesn’t bother me much and when we do spend time together it’s doing something we both enjoy like Pokemon and that’s fun!   Although when she has a really bad meltdown she can hit me and hurt me
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5 Great uses for Sand Timers

  Visuals are very important for any child wether they have additional needs of not.  It can be very difficult for a child to understand the concept of time.  Sand timers are brilliant tools for helping with this.  Firstly you will need to fully explain to your child how the sand timers works but once they’ve got the basic jist you can start to use it as a fun and visual helper.   Here are 5 great uses that we have found for sand timers.   Counting Down Have you ever told your children “5 more minutes” or “5 minutes
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How to promote safe chewing

  Understanding the need to chew is very important, if you haven’t already watched the video on why we chew I would recommend you watch that first.   Once you’ve understood why we chew and the importance of it, we can help you to promote safer chewing with the video below.   It will take time, redirection and perseverance but you can do it.    
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Understanding Why We Chew

  Chewing is a very important self regulatory behaviour.  First you need to understand why we chew and then you can move on to promoting safer chewing.     This video covers why we chew and why we should encourage safer chewing.  Once you’ve understood the why you can move on to promoting safer chewing.    
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Chewigem Hack – Helping Seatbelt Chewers

  Chewing on seat belts if very common.   This could be due to so many things including boredom and anxiety.  Car journeys can be really stressful!   We’ve out together a hack to help you redirect seatbelt chewing, this will also work on carseats, buggies and wheelchairs.   You will need a Chewipal and any of the following: Hexichew Chewigem Toy Chewigem Bangle or any of our hallow necklaces; Miller Heart, Realm Ring, Eternity Necklace and even the Skulls & Cats will attach through the eyes 🙂 Check out the video below for how to do it!    
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Chewigem Hack – Help with glasses chewing

  Do you or someone you know chew the ends of their glasses?   We chew for many reasons; chewing the ends of your glasses is likely to be during a time of concentration.   This weeks hack might just help with that and save the cost of replacing those frames!   All you will need for this is your glasses, a glasses cord/saver, a hair grip and some chubes.   Check out my video below  
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Chewigem Hack – Using a Chube to wean from a dummy

  We are regularly asked for help and advice about weaning from a dummy.  This can be either sucking or chewing a dummy.   We have had great success with the Chubes due to the shape of them and the fact that they have a hallow centre giving a similar feedback to a dummy teat; although much stronger silicone.   Some people have immediate success switching from a dummy to the Chubes but others may need to adjust gradually.   Check out my Chewigem Hack on how to get started below.  You can purchase the Chubes here.    
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Chewigem Hack – Making a Chube Bracelet

  As we have said before the Chubes are so multi functional.  Over this serious of Chewigem Hacks we hope to show you all the different ways they can be used.   Last week we showed you how to attach them to hoody strings, so with the remaining two Chubes I wanted to show you how to make an adjustable bangle.  This is perfect for those who chew their wrist area.   Here is my video if you’d like to try this one yourself and a link to the Chubes on our website here!      
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The Adventures of Jamie – How dogs help me

  I have two dogs.   Roxy, the older one is very gentle but very nervous.   Star is lovely, but also crazy and may or may not be a cat in disguise.   We got Roxy after Mum read about Autism Assistance Dogs.  My dogs aren’t assistant dogs, but they do have many ways to calm me during and after meltdowns.   When I am in a meltdown, almost nothing can calm me, except time I guess; or else if I had a meltdown when I was two it would have gone on for years.   An exception to
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