What is stimming? Stimming is short for ‘self-stimulatory behaviour”- doing something to give yourself sensory input and involves doing something repetitive for the sensation it creates rather than the result it produces – and that sensation is one that your autistic child finds pleasing. Stimming is a behaviour displayed by...
Researchers estimate that between 40 and 80% of children with autism have difficulty sleeping. By the age of one year, most children should be sleeping through the night. If after that time if your child is regularly unable to sleep, or if they have a period of good sleep which...
How does the Blue Badge Scheme work? The Blue Badge Scheme helps those with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport to park close to where they need to go. In the biggest overhaul of the scheme since the 1970’s, the government has changed the way of assessing...
What is Rett Syndrome? Rett syndrome is a rare neurological disorder affecting mainly females and very few males. It is present from conception and usually remains undetected until major regression occurs at around one year of age, when children may lose acquired skills and become withdrawn. Genetic but largely not...
An introduction to Oppositional Defiance Disorder Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) is a disorder whereby children have disruptive and oppositional behaviour that is particularly directed towards authority figures, such as parents or teachers. ODD is reported to affect between 2 and 16% of children and adolescents in the general population. It...
What is hypotonia? “Hypotonia” is the medical term for low muscle tone. If hypotonia is detected in a new born baby or child they will be referred to a specialist. In some cases, hypotonia can also be discovered later in life. Healthy muscles are never fully relaxed – they retain...
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