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autism Christmas holiday count down calendar

Help autistic children manage changes leading up to Christmas – Here’s a free countdown calendar!

The Christmas season can sometimes be a very challenging time of the year for autistic children. There are all sorts of unpredictable changes to usual daily life in the lead up to Christmas and the school holidays such as: changes to the environment at home, school and in the community Read more…

personal hygiene social story autism spectrum teacher

Teaching personal hygiene to autistic children – free editable social story

Management of personal hygiene is a very important skill for all children to learn in order to grow and develop independence. Daily Activities as Part of a Routine As a teacher of children with autism, personal hygiene tasks are a high priority on the school daily timetable. Dedicating time to personal Read more…

the garden school ComFor training

Understanding level of sense making – The ComFor assessment tool for autistic children

From left to right: Myself – Steph Reed, Jarymke Malijaars (Ku Leuven), Pat Quigley (The Garden Head of School) and Beth Junor (Specialist ASD Speech and Language Therapist). I was very grateful to attend the ComFor training held at The Garden School in January. The ComFor assessment is a tool used Read more…