Giving up iPad and Electronics ‘I let my 4.5 year old son Alex watch children’s TV and use apps on the iPad, because I didn’t see the harm in it. It gave us a break and gave him chance to enjoy his cartoons and learn some new things. But our son wasn’t listening to us, he was passive in his […]
Shahida and her Autistic Brother Abdul: ‘Autism, Is it really genetic?’ or The Complex Relationship between Genetics and Environment. Shahida was a few months old, when her 3 year old brother Abdul was diagnosed as autistic. Mum was devastated. Dad did not know what to do. Parents did not understand. Their English was not very good, so they could not […]
Habib: Traumatic Experiences as a Baby and Autistic behaviours: Habib’s Story Habib was born with a heart-defect. Aged 3 months, he was in intensive care for several weeks after the operation. His babyhood was overshadowed by his father’s violence towards his mother and abusive relationship with Habib and his older brother. When I met Habib, he seemed to spend most […]
Magic Clothes Pegs Children love the ‘magic’ of clothes pins and how they can open them and clip them around a basket or other container.
Developing Finger Strength and Dexterity To develop finger-strength poke holes into an egg-box (I recommend that you do this in private without your child seeing you do this!), colour around them in different colours, then give your child some coloured pompoms to post through the holes using his pointing finger.
Making a Scooter Board Scooter-boards or ‘furniture moving trolleys are a great and versatile toy as they encourage movement through the use of arms and hands, while sitting or lying on it. This boy uses a bathroom plunger to propel himself forward, which requires lots of effort and coordination, and is very organising for his regulatory system.
Learning to ‘Gather’, ‘Sort’, ‘Carry’ and ‘Move Things’ At the early developmental levels children need lots of ‘stuff’ that they can pick up, sort, gather, carry and move around. There are lots of natural materials that can be collected for this purpose: conkers, stones, peach stones, acorns, … lemons, potatoes … or plain wooden blocks, bottle tops, …
Making a ‘Play Box’ with household items Having a big box with ‘loose parts’ with empty containers of all different sizes, e.g. recycling, is one of the most valuable play resource at home.