What is going on? The world has gone crazy! That is probably what every autistic child is feeling right now. Sameness and predictability are very important to them and those are two of the things that have changed drastically over the last week or so. Suddenly they are at home every day and having to complete school work at home. Homework is a big enough battle! Home is home and school is school and the two are never usually mixed!
Suddenly you have your children at home all day and every day! It’s probably a huge shock to the system and to your household. Maybe you are trying to juggle your own work at home at the same time as looking after and helping your children with their school work.
Anxiety can often be seen as ‘behaviour’, and it is usually the ‘behaviour’ that, as parents, we try to manage. The more we try to manage the ‘behaviour’ then the more the ‘behaviour’ seems to increase. This is tiring and really difficult for all involved – parents and child.
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As more and more schools around the world are closing, parents and carers are suddenly finding themselves in charge of their children’s education. People have been busy sharing homeschooling websites, apps and printables. We understand that things are a bit different for SEND families, and we couldn’t help but notice that some of these resources might not be as relevant for autistic children and young people. But we realise that the change in routine and the uncertainty we are all facing in our communities can be very disruptive and upsetting for them and they also need to be kept busy and engaged while at home. So, we put together an autism-friendly list of activities and resources based on the sensory systems: