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Helping Autistic Children Manage the School Christmas Play

Christmas time in school can be difficult for children with additional needs, changes in routine and new experiences can be hard to manage. Here is some advice from Its a Tink Thing with ideas for helping autistic children to be included in the Christmas play.

How to help an autistic child to manage the school Christmas play

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Play is essential – so is learning skills; surely it is as well as and not either or?

This post got shared in my news feed this morning – While I agree screen time is not great – the introduction and inferred definition of play are misleading! Especially in an age when playing with toys and stuff not academic or work related is often frowned on for slightly older children.

Children everywhere need to play – to develop and learn, to build relationship skills and friendships, to explore and challenge what their bodies and brains are capable of…

Through children discover how to navigate and negotiate with the world and others. Through play children discover themselves, learn self regulation and manage their worries – for some this includes making sense of trauma and loss.

Play does not mean in front of a screen – it means outdoors on grass – in trees and under bushes, in cardboard boxes and under sofas- making games with sticks and string hidden away around a corner secretly changing the world, exploring space or feeding babies… all skills for life!

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Win and help to celebrate OT Week with ASI WISE

Send us your favourite reference or quote about Ayres’ Sensory Integration from a book, interview, lecture or journal article.

We will publish these quotes over OT Week – celebrating ASI as a theory and practice with its history deeply rooted in Occupational Therapy’s clear focus on occupation; function and participation in everyday life.

Your quote must be correctly referenced with author name, date and publication.

Competition closes on 8th November 2018 at 9pm.

The winner will be announced on 9th November at midday.

You may enter as many times as you want to sending your entry to us via email or as a comment on our fb page.

You do not have to be an OT to enter. Entries are welcome from anyone.

One lucky winner will be chosen by our social media team.

You will be able to choose your prize from our range of book prizes, ensuring you have something new for your bookshelf.