Strategies, Tips, Ideas & Play Activities

Play Dough Recipe

Play Dough Recipe

PLAY DOUGH this classic childhood play material is so easy to make at home that you'll never want to buy it again! It is best to start just with your hands and imagination (without shop-bought tools and cutters) to encourage...

10  Key Ingredients of Real Change

10 Key Ingredients of Real Change

Leaving London to move to Germany in the summer 2019 was a huge change. Reflecting back got me thinking: what ARE the ingredients of real change? I remember my initial feelings of apprehension and fear, whether it would all work out. Leaving one's life as one knows it...

Containers & ‘Loose Parts’

Containers & ‘Loose Parts’

You want to interact and play with your child. But your child is difficult to engage. He doesn't talk and is not interested in most of the toys you've bought. He runs and jumps, but rarely settles down to purposeful activity or meaningful play. In my previous post, we...

NEW BOOK: Learning to Learn by Merete Hawkins

NEW BOOK: Learning to Learn by Merete Hawkins

This book will empower professionals and parents of children with special needs to create enjoyable, meaningful and engaging learning activities. The book contains: • Advice on choosing activities at the right level, which will increase the child’s engagement and...

Learning to learn – The Waldon Approach

Learning to learn – The Waldon Approach

The Waldon Approach is an integrated therapeutic approach based on the work of Geoffrey Waldon, a paediatric neurologist who, in the 1970-80s, developed a system of ideas and play activities to help those with autistic-like behaviours, autism, developmental delay...

Taking a Line for a Walk

Taking a Line for a Walk

Therapeutic Form Drawing Therapeutic form drawing is a way of making movement visible by exploring the many different ways, in which we can move a crayon or pen across space or paper or ‘take a line for a walk’ (Paul Klee). The drawing of lines, curves and shapes as...

Problems are our FRIENDS!

Problems are our FRIENDS!

Problems are opportunities for interaction. They open the door to your child or the other person, so you can find out, what HE is thinking or feeling. Problems are not ‘bad’ or ‘a problem’. Or something to send you into a panic. They are not ‘your fault’ or something...

When your child does not pay attention, what can you do?

When your child does not pay attention, what can you do?

A child who is unable to focus and pay attention is not going to be able to learn. What can we do to help? There are two guiding ‘principles’ to keep in mind that help a child to focus and share attention. One I call ‘walking the tightrope between fear and delight’,...

Shelves help children to play

Shelves help children to play

The shelf that you suggested we put into our living room arrived yesterday. You were so right about it. I couldn’t believe, how interested Asif was in the play materials that we displayed in it. And I only had to show him once about taking things out and putting them...

When your Autistic Child Seems so Far Away: What Can You do?

When your Autistic Child Seems so Far Away: What Can You do?

Being with a child with autism or autistic-like behaviours often leaves us feeling lost or helpless, because the child is uncooperative and rejecting, not responding affectionately, rarely accepting anything that is offered to him, often distant, isolated and...

When it’s not autism, What is it? Graham’s Story:

When it’s not autism, What is it? Graham’s Story:

Autistic-like. When it’s not autism. What is it? ‘When their son was just 17 months old, Erik and Jennie Linthorst suspected something was not quite right. Experts and therapists told them their son was autistic. Sort of. Maybe. Some called him autistic-like. Others...

Electronics and the lost life

Electronics and the lost life

Required viewing for all parents whose child was born from 1984 onwards, and everyone else. Brilliant perspective on our children’s generation, the downside of child-centred parenting, a generation crippled by low self esteem and social media addiction, entitlement,...

Oral-motor fun toy in 1 minute!

Oral-motor fun toy in 1 minute!

Fun activity that’s cheap and quick to make for children to develop speech muscles and blowing skills for breath control:

Does saying the ABC lead to speech?

Does saying the ABC lead to speech?

It is good to know, that his mouth can produce speech like sounds needed for speech and words. But being able to list the letters or recite numbers is not talking. Especially with children with autism or autistic-like behaviours there’s a risk that they can get stuck...

What is DIRFloortime?

What is DIRFloortime?

What is DIR-Floortime? Floortime (www.floortime.org) is a child-centred approach that focuses on building relationships through interaction and play. Floortime is a specific technique to both follow the child’s natural emotional interests (lead) and at the same time...

6 easy Solutions & effective Play Ideas

6 easy Solutions & effective Play Ideas

When your child does not play. Or talk. - 6 easy Solutions & effective Play Ideas You’ve tried to interest him in toys or play activities. But all he wants to do is run to and fro endlessly vocalising loudly or fiddling with an object while sitting absentmindedly...

Every Child Can Learn

Every Child Can Learn

Every child can learn, if our focus is on the child’s potential, i.e. on what the child CAN do rather than on what they cannot do, whatever his challenges, diagnosis or learning difficulties. With well enough informed help, a child who has missed out due to learning...

Getting an Autism Diagnosis is not a Therapeutic Intervention

Getting an Autism Diagnosis is not a Therapeutic Intervention

Getting a diagnosis of autism is not a therapeutic intervention. It doesn’t even allow you ‘access to services’, as is often said, if there are no therapeutic services! It sometimes seems as if the only ‘service’ available to parents with concerns about autistic-like...

How to help your child towards language

How to help your child towards language

If your child isn’t talking yet like other children his age, then here are some of the fundamental elements that are needed so that language and his ability to talk can grow and develop. A child needs to discover language for themselves In order to be able to discover...

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