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Is labelling children unavoidable to get them the help they need and deserve?

So I was at a conference the other day where the speaker, who was coming from a professional psychologist point of view, was talking about how we shouldn’t label children with additional needs.   Now in principle I absolutely agree with his theory, a child is an individual who might have additional needs. They are not an ASD child or an ADHD child as I often hear them referred to. This implies that if they have these needs they are all the same. I don’t want to go into spectrums but attempting to treat them all the same because they
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Why the fear of touch is leaving kids lost

Just for a second think about your day, your interactions with family, friends and work colleagues. Now as you relive that day take out every piece of physical contact you had with other people. No hug for your family, no arm around your friend, no handshake at the start of your meeting. How different would your day be? How would you feel about it?   It is widely recognized that touch between an infant and its primary caregiver is absolutely vital in that child’s development, understanding and feeling safe. So when a child starts school at 4 are they fully
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Top tips to avoid stress this Christmas day – Autism edition!

1. Prepare yourself for opening presents and reacting to them if you need to! Practice makes perfect, so if you need to practice opening gifts because you struggle with the texture of wrapping paper or reacting appropriately to what’s inside do it! Ask a family or friend to wrap up random objects from around the house in Christmas paper so you can open them to practice, if you make it into a game it may even be a bit of fun for the both of you!   2. Take time out! Every family needs their alone time after a full
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Adult Autism Assessment – One Mans Journey

Today I went for an Autism Assessment with the Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Services.   I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I got to the hospital because the letter I got wasn’t very informative … so i’ve decided to write this blog to hopefully help other people that are being or would like to be seen by them!   When I first walked into the main hospital building a receptionist told me that the autism unit is tiny and not connected to the actual hospital, so certainly go and ask for directions in the main building.  The
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An open letter about my necklace

An open letter about my necklace:   1.   It’s a chewy necklace; as in I bite it and chew it and it generally lives in my mouth.   2.   Yes, that’s a real thing.  I get mine from @chewigem but they exist in lots of places.   3.   No, it doesn’t hurt to bite.  It’s designed to be chewed on so the rubber is flexible.   4.   No, it’s not flavoured (tho that would be cool).   5.   PLEASE stop touching it, especially without asking.  A lot of people pick it up and look at it without knowing what it is and
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5 Tips for the Christmas Period

The Christmas period can be a tough time for us autistics, there’s the change to routine to deal with, along with the busy shopping centres and loud, bright Christmas lights everywhere.   Keeping this in mind i thought it would be a good idea to write another list of top tips to avoid the stresses of the Christmas period and try and be prepared for the 25th December!   1. Do as much of your shopping early in the morning or later on in the evening, shops are less busy then! If you cannot avoid shops and do all of
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5 Tips for enjoying a concert if you’re autistic

1. Be prepared for loud noises and lots of flashing lights!   Make sure you prepare yourself for the busy loud and bright atmosphere, some people take ear defenders with them.  But I tend to just wear earphones if it’s too loud, because I’m always very focused on the music and singing along … it’s up to you! Sunglasses are also helpful for really bright lights, but if these aren’t doable just look down at the floor when they’re too bright.  I’ve learnt to do this because I’m very prone to migraines!   2. Go to the side of the
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