‘A Spectrum of Possibilities’ Conference

Had a fab time attending Little Rainbows Autism Group’s  ‘A Spectrum of Possibilities’ Conference at Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium Yesterday. The 3 speakers, all of whom have a diagnosis of Autism, are so knowledgeable and passionate which made the day both interesting and inspiring.

Topics covered included defining happiness- an autism perspective, school experiences and Autism in girls and women. There were lots of well put across points to consider and it was great that the speakers answered questions raised by parents and professionals attending the conference drawing on their own experiences and perspectives of Autism.

The points raised certainly reinforce that we, as professionals, parents and those caring for/supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum, should be focussing upon individual needs and finding how we can best support these needs rather than the focus being purely diagnosis driven. It is only through individual assessment and analysis of individual strengths as well as needs that we can truly introduce positive individualised support approaches to enable individuals to reach their full potential and feel happy, comfortable and fulfilled in their day to day activities and environments.

I’m so pleased that I attended this well organised, inspirational and upbeat event!

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Sensory Storytime

Preparing my resources for this week’s Sensory Storytime session at Tickhill Community Library. As you can see, some of the resources in my box of tricks this week include: pom-poms to feel like swishy swashy grass; water mister spray bottles to help us image splashing and sploshing through a deep cold river; a snow globe to shake and watch as we imagine a swirling whirling snowstorm; oh and not to forget a bear who’ll be hiding in his cave. I wonder if anyone can guess which story we’ll be sharing this week?!

We have lots of fun sensory activities planned to help the children engage with the story as well as some fun action songs where we will use our sensory scarves and have fun with movement too.

If you think your child or group of children may enjoy Sensory Storytime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information!