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How to Create a Sensory-Friendly Backyard for a Child with Autism – by Linda Robinson

How to Create a Sensory-Friendly Backyard for a Child with Autism – by Linda Robinson

How to Create a Sensory-Friendly Backyard for a Child with Autism – by Linda Robinson

If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s important to create an autism-friendly home and backyard that promotes positive brain development, sensory play, and plenty of safe learning experiences. For some tips and resources that will help you to create an autism-friendly backyard for your little one, read on!

Step 1: Create a Safe and Accessible Outdoor Space
To create the perfect backyard space for your child with autism, you’ll need to focus on safety, noise reduction, and sensory-friendly design. These resources will help you to create a safe, accessible, and enjoyable outdoor space for your little one.

Step 2: Design a Backyard that Encourages Sensory Play
For children with autism, sensory-friendly activities are crucial to learning, development, and positive behavior. Here are some design tips that encourage safe sensory play at home.

Step 3: Learn and Have Fun in Your New Outdoor Space
Now that you’ve created a safe, functional, and accessible backyard for your child, here are some ideas for making the most of this great new outdoor space!

Outdoor time can benefit children with autism in a variety of ways, but a safe, functional, and accessible backyard space is needed to promote positive sensory integration and healthy brain development.

However, creating a sensory-friendly backyard is easier than you’d think. With these resources to guide you, you can create your own autism-friendly backyard space!

Introducing – The Stencil Pencils

Introducing – The Stencil Pencils

Introducing the Stencil Pencils and soundtrack “Gullible”

The ‘Stencil Pencils’ were formed in April 2020 to beat the boredom of staying at home due to the Coronavirus.

Here are more details:

There are three in the band, Johnson Harris-Herbert aka ‘bouba’, aged 11, Kale Harris-Herbert aka ‘woo’ aged 10 and Indiana Harris-Herbert aka ‘boo-lash’ aged 6.

We are always singing/tinkering away in our little music room on piano or guitars and our big sister heard us jamming to something we had put together about Covid19 and our celebration about captain Tom Moore which turned into our 1st song that we have written called ‘Quarantine/Covid19’.

We filmed our 1st video in May 2020 and performed our first live show to our neighbour’s as part of the VE Day street celebrations on Friday 8th May 2020.

Kale Harris-Herbert suffers life really hard as he has Asperger’s, he has no friends and finds it extremely difficult to make any friends within his peer group, he is a grand advocate for overcoming his disabilities. He created the band.

Please listen to our song “Gullible” and more details can be found on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stencil.pencils.5.

The proven scientific and neurological benefits of massage  – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven scientific and neurological benefits of massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater

The proven scientific and neurological benefits of massage – an article by Giuliana Wheater with her video

Why am I writing an article promoting touch during this time I hear some of you cry ? Well because it has never been needed more! 

What puzzles me the most is that pubs and tea rooms are allowed to open and the social distancing I saw last weekend was, in practice, non existent . 

Yet massage therapists are still not allowed to work …

Touch is key to boosting immunity !!!

Massage also naturally stimulates happy hormones and coping chemicals, most notably serotonin (the hormone of happiness, confidence, self esteem), oxytocin (love and nurture), dopamine (pleasure, focus, concentration & motivation along with other higher or executive brain functions) and endorphins (pain relief, euphoria and well-being). 

Therapeutic touch through massage also grounds, calms, relaxes, eases stress which can lead to ill health, lowers/stabilises blood pressure and and hugely boosts memory and learning. 

As Michelangelo noted hundreds of years ago “to touch is to give life”. Touch is the core sense which is present when as babies we explore the world before we open our eyes and is the last sense remaining until we pass. In a nutshell humans need touch to thrive.

Experiments from the 1950’s/60’s with Harry Harlow, although controversial due to different times,  proved that touch boosts immunity, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, physical health and growth as well as better bonding skills and trust, far greater resilience to stress and less behavioural issues. 

Leaders in the field such as Darlene Francis,Michael Meaden and Tiffany Field continue to prove these results to this day . 

Touch also boosts resilience to peer pressure and makes for better relationships both at school and work as well as leading to financial gain as a result. So please watch my short video and see how you can begin massaging yourselves, family and friends . 

Kacey Ainsworth chats ‘All things Autism’ with Anna Kennedy OBE

Kacey Ainsworth chats ‘All things Autism’ with Anna Kennedy OBE

On July 30th at 11 am our Charity Ambassador Kacey Ainsworth will be chatting to me about ‘All things Autism and Life in Lock-down on Zoom. More info to follow soon watch this space …..

Kacey has been working in the entertainment industry since 1978. She is a multi awarding winning actress who came into prominence for her portrayal of Little Mo in Eastenders.

Since then she has starred in lots of TV shows including Holly Blue, Grantchester, Call the Midwife and as a very evil witch in cbbc’s The Worst Witch .

After several members of her family were diagnosed with #Autism she decided to get actively involved in raising awareness of autistic spectrum disorders and promoting inclusion for those on the spectrum and I am proud to say one of our Charity Ambassadors.

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