Some links and resources which may prove to be useful.
Bouncyhappypeople.co.uk, all kinds of quality toys.
Readingtokids.org A really good American website with advice and suggestions about what books are good for which year group. For those of us who live in England you just have to remember that kindergarten is roughly the same as Reception and that the grade 1 is roughly the same as year 1, etc.
Great Schools is another really good American website with recommendations for some excellent books and information about which year group they are good for.
Fledglings is a national charity which aims to assist parents and carers of disabled children, or those with additional needs of any kind, by identifying, sourcing and supplying practical, affordable products to address every day issues.
Our approach is to focus on finding solutions to difficulties which arise as a consequence of the disability, rather than on the disability itself.
Profectum means “progress” and the Profectum Foundation is dedicated to advancing the development of all children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs. Our mission is to be at the forefront in creating new leadership, networking, and advancing interventions.
The DIRFloortime Model provides a framework to understand the functional emotional development and unique profile of every child, and a guide to create emotionally meaningful learning interactions that promote critical functional emotional developmental capacities. The objectives of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors.
Autism and Understanding, a book by Walter Solomon with Chris Holland and Mary Jo Middleton.
The Waldon Approach to Child Development
Autism and Understanding sets out an approach based on Dr Geoffrey Waldon’s philosophy of the development of understanding, which centres on helping children learn how to learn.
The inspirational and well documented story of the author’s son, diagnosed at two with autism and as ‘basically sub-normal’; now a successful professional with a wife and child.
Waldon used at a school: http://www.stgiles.derby.sch.uk/Learning/Therapies/
UK Waldon Website: http://www.waldonassociation.org.uk/
Treasure Baskets and beyond! Play to Z’s, multi-award winning Playscope, Sensory Bambini, Sensory Tales and Little Explorers ranges are designed to meet babies and children’s every sensory need.
The PLAY Project Vision:
The PLAY Project envisions that all parents will be supported in developing a joyous relationship with their children with autism in a way that will help each child reach their full potential.
Step by Step's extensive value-for-money ranges include inspirational products for Art &, Crafts, Science, Role Play, Sand & Water, Special Needs and even Furniture!
Step by Step gives you 1000s of resources to choose from at budget friendly prices!
The range of hardwood toys known as “David Palmer’s Handcrafted Toys with Tools” was created as a result of David’s desire to make his grandson, Luke, something that was fun to play with, but also allowed him to use some tools.
Salago is a retail store selling a wide range of products from clothing and accessories to children's toys and books. Our toy section includes brands such as Ostheimer, Holztiger, Bigjigs and John Crane. We are also stockists for Lyra pencils and Stockmar art materials including watercolours, wax crayons and modelling beeswax.
Empowering Parents Through Family Centred Intervention
Twodaloo (Stephanie) says: "My goal is to provide you with simple, smart, purposeful play ideas and activities to help you connect, engage, and stimulate your child’s development at home. Not only will I provide ideas that you can use, but I’ll tell you WHY they are important for development and HOW to use them effectively! And since I’m a language specialist, there will be a big emphasis on building communication skills in early childhood- after all, who doesn’t want their child to be an effective communicator?"
The Autism File - Moving Toward a Multi-Treatment Approach to Autism: The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of the Partst
Netmums is a UK based family of local websites set up and run by mothers. It includes a discussion forum, local listings and provides support and advice for parents on a national level.
Dr Vikas Sharma MD on homeopathy and autism with a 10 step downloadable graphic.