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Health and Safety Fears Getting in the Way of Child Development

Ofsted has warned that some early years education providers have “undue concerns” about letting children play outside, climb and run around. These health and safety fears are hindering children’s ability to build up muscular strength and dexterity. Without taking risks, children’s “natural inquisitiveness” is stifled, Ofsted’s annual report said, “In the early years, a crucial part of preparing children for school is developing their muscular…

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News story – UK Government review to improve the lives of autistic children

“The government will collect evidence from autistic children, their families and their carers on how to improve the support they get… Supporting people on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities is one of the 4 clinical priority areas in the NHS long-term plan…” Read more on the UK government website gov.uk  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-review-to-improve-the-lives-of-autistic-children

The Shops are Full of Simple Christmas Crafts

The Christmas season is a fantastic opportunity to get our little ones involved in some Christmas craft activities at home. For those of us short on time or ideas the shops are full of templates and packs that you can put together at home… here are some lovely craft ideas that have been sent to us by some of our families this year, paper chains,…

Sensory Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas for your Loved Ones

1) Gift an experience – so much stuff can feel overwhelming, think about how you could gift an experience, a day out, vouchers to pay for entry to play spaces, trampoline parks and climbing gyms. Swimming, dance or music lessons. What about gym membership for older kids? 2) Hygge stocking stuffers Ideas from Nurture and thrive – have a look at these fantastic ideas  3)…

Christmas Themed – Calm Down Glitter Bottle Timer

Thanks so much for this beautiful, simple idea sent to us by one of our families. Have you tried making and using a glitter-filled calm down bottle timer to help your little ones? It’s easy to put a Christmas theme into them by using festive colours and adding seasonal themed sequins or beads. With so many versions on the internet, here is a blog post…

25 Days and counting…Starting with Christmas Tree day and our Christmas time give away…

For many families, the 1st of December is the day we put up our Christmas tree and start to decorate our homes, signalling the start of the Christmas season. Here is a lovely Christmas tree themed tactile craft activity to try with your little ones from Wonderbaby. http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/tactile-christmas-tree-craft  So for Christmas competition time, we have another copy of Love Jean to give away and this…

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

Autumn Special: Book now for a chance to win an online module free

Autumn Special – Book and pay in full for one of our ASI WISE onsite classroom modules in November or December 2018, and you will be entered into a free draw to win a place on an online module worth £200. You can use this place for yourself or gift it to a colleague or friend. The person attending must be eligible to attend and…

Back to School

Love it or hate it, the new school year is almost here. We have asked some of our team of therapists and parents for some top tips on making the most of the new year Practice practice practice. There are lots of things you can have a go at before the first day, practice putting on and wearing a uniform, practice eating and packing a packed…

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