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EASY READ none scary – coronavirus information

Tips to help during the lockdown

Planning. Break the day up into chunks and plan what you are going to do in each of these chunks of time

Create a routine. Introduce a routine strip to visualise what the day is going to look like. Dependent upon the individual’s level of autism/learning, activities can range from photographs/pictures to text

Simplify things. In times of stress, illness, tiredness, etc understanding often is reduced. You must reduce your communication and demands accordingly, at least for the time being

Help with coronavirus fallout

New Skype service to help with the fallout of the coronavirus situation!

Those affected by Autism often rely on routine and familiarity to help reduce anxieties and fears. To make sense of the world around them. Due to the current coronavirus situation, their world can feel like it’s been turned upside down and given a good shake! Everything has changed; from daily routines to being unable to buy their preferred food. Unfortunately, this can quickly escalate into a crisis.

My son is struggling with his very real fears over the virus. These are intensified due to his learning disability and anxiety difficulties. He loves his Lego but was initially fearful of ordering pieces over the internet in case the goods had the virus on them. He is also fearful for the life of his nearest and dearest. I am working hard on helping him over this difficult time.

To help others, I have introduced a new Skype service. Further details are available via the drop-down menu on my homepage.

This pandemic WILL end. Take this opportunity to deepen your love for one another and to look out for our most vulnerable. Take care and be safe x

Whale Hill Primary School – Middlesbrough

Wow, what an inclusive school!

I have spent the last week at Whale Hill Primary School and have been so impressed by the way that ALL children are valued and respected, regardless of their academic needs or abilities.

The Head Teacher, SENDCo and all teaching staff work with such tenacity to ensure each child receives the right support at the right time.

Whale Hill certainly gets my thumbs up. 🙂

North East Autism Society’s Thornhill Park

I have just spent the week at the North East Autism Society’s Thornhill Park School in Sunderland. It is an independent school for pupils aged four to 19 years. They moved to new premises in Portland Road a few weeks ago and pupils seem to be settling in remarkably well.

I was very impressed with how well staff all knew each individual pupil, not just those in their class. Great school with knowledgeable, caring staff. Thank you, everyone, for making me feel so welcome.

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