Speech and Language:
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH ASD
(Autism Spectrum Disorder)
- www.autism.org.uk – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources)
- www.attentionautism.com – For more information on Attention Autism and how you can support your child to develop attention and turn-taking skills
- www.autismuk.com – Lots of information on ASD
- www.autismspeaks.org – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library
- www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_social_stories.html - A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories
Social, Emotional Mental Health:
Calm Zone - Childline
Childline has produced a toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga, and videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption - Childline: calm-zone.
Self-care strategies - The Anna Freud Centre
The Anna Freud Centre has compiled a selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own well-being. During a time when access to regular appointments may be disrupted or anxiety might be heightened, it might be helpful to try one or some of these strategies - Annafreud: self-care.
Young Minds helpline for parents and young people
If there are concerns about a young person’s mental health during this difficult time, you can contact the Young Minds Helpline.
Parents Helpline: If you are a parent, who needs advice about your child’s mental health, you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am - 4:00pm - Young Minds website.