How To Survive – Car Journeys

Yesterday, my parents, sister and I went to the beach. It was a half an hour drive, but if your child has ASD or ADHD, then they may not enjoy it without a few items.

So today’s blog is all about how to make sure your Autistic child is happy whilst in a car.

  1. Take something for your child to fidget with. For example, a stress ball.
  2. Take sunglasses in case the sun is shining.
  3. Show your child where you are going before hand so that they aren’t upset that they don’t know where about they are.
  4. Make sure your child is comfortable in their seat beforehand.
  5. Play music to keep your child entertained.
  6. Talk to your child about the place you are going to and why you are going.
  7. Make them go to the toilet before leaving.
  8. Check that there is a toilet at the place or nearby.

I hope these will be helpful for when you are going places.

Thanks for reading!

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How To Survive – Cinema

Hello.

Today’s blog is about how to make sure your Autistic child feels safe and comfortable whilst in the cinema.

  1. Take sunglasses and headphone, in case your child doesn’t like the brightness and noise.
  2. Buy some snacks to make sure that your child won’t get hungry.
  3. Allow your child to sit on the end so that it’s easier to get to the bathroom if needed.
  4. Sit in the front so that your child can’t see as many people if they don’t like crowds.
  5. Show your child different films and work together to choose a film to watch.
  6. Show them pictures of the cinema you are going to.

BONUS :

What was it like when I first went to the cinema?

The first film I watched in the cinema was ‘The secret life of pets’. My mum, dad and I went to Cineworld, but beforehand I looked at different pictures of the place and also looked at pictures that were of places that surrounded the place. During the film, I had a drink and a few snacks so that I wouldn’t complain if I was hungry or thirsty. I also sat close to the front and at the end of the row so that I could easily get to the toilets.

Thank you for reading part 2 of ‘How To Survive’.

Hope you enjoyed!

How to survive – Holidays

Hello.

Since it is becoming Summer, I thought that the best way to start this series is to write about what to do when going on holiday.

Here is how to make sure that the person with Autism will fell safe whilst on holiday.

  1. Make sure that you plan what you are going to do. Will you go shopping? Go to the beach? Or maybe even have a day at the place you are staying and watch a film.
  2. Most places have websites with pictures. Show the autistic child or adult pictures of the place you are going to stay.
  3. Bring items from their home to make it feel more like home. For example, take your pillowcases and put them on the pillows, or maybe take an item that they use often.
  4. If this person is fussy with food, make sure that there is food that they will like.
  5. Take something to fidget with. For example, a fidget spinner, a stress ball or maybe a necklace.
  6. Make sure that there is a calm, quiet place for the person to go to if things are too busy or noisy.
  7. Take eardefenders and sunglasses in case it’s too noisy or too bright.
  8. Talk about the holiday so that the person gets used to the idea of going.

I hope these will help you when going on holiday, if there’s anything else you would like me to write about in this series then please comment.

Thank you for reading.

New Series

Hey guys.

So, I’ve decided to do a mini-series called ‘How To Survive’ which is about how to survive different situations for parents of kids with Autism.

These are things that I’ve found hard over the years so I’m sharing with you some of my hints and tips.

If I don’t cover a topic that you would like to know about, tell me in the comments and I will do my best to add it in.

Hope you find them helpful.

Introducing Me

Hi. I’m Mia.

I’m 13-years-old and have Autism and ADHD.

I live with my mum, dad, big sister and my pets in Wales.

I’m in year 8 in high school, and my favorite subjects are Maths, Religous Studies, and French.

I like Detective Comics and Harry Potter and I am a Slytherin.

I have a lot of pets; two dogs named Bella and Buddy, a bearded dragon named Malibu, two gerbils called Cozmo and Georgie, a ball python called Nagini, and lots of tropical fish.

My hobbies are knitting, playing video games, and drawing (mainly cartoon).

I was diagnosed with ASD just before my eighth birthday, but my parents knew that I had it since I was about one year old.

I hope you read my blogs and I would love to hear if there is anything that YOU would like to know about Autism, and I shall try my best to explain it for you in a post.

Thanks for reading!