Thursday, 31 October 2013

The Red Beast

The Red Beast is a great book for understanding and dealing with anger in children with autistic spectrum disorders. It explains perfectly the way little things rumble along inside us and can build up to an explosion.

If your child is prone to very angry outbursts, maybe they would benefit from knowing about the red beast inside of them. Like all emotions, it is ok to be angry - but we all need to learn how to deal with that anger.

Our son is one of many thousands of people who had their own "Red Beast" box filled with stress toys, bubble wrap, MP3 player with calming music, lavender scented cushion etc.

While this is not a miracle cure for meltdowns it can help and offer some hope to children when they are trying to understand and control their own emotions.

Monday, 28 October 2013

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

This little gem is far removed from a scientific or technical explanation of Aspergers, instead it focuses on some lovely photographs of cats with some typical autistic traits described alongside.

What good is that to anyone? I hear you cry.

Well, for starters it is remarkable just how easy people can seem to relate to these traits and behaviours in our feline counterparts ...... and yet fail to understand them if explained in real life human examples.

I found this book particularly useful for introducing the subject to relatives and grandparents who were really struggling to make sense of our son's behaviours, without overloading them with very technical text books. Of course we sent the more detailed publications on to them later !

Our son also enjoyed the pictures very much and perhaps started to equate and understand some of his own behaviours accordingly. I hope you enjoy All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

Saturday, 26 October 2013


When you have a child on the Autistic Spectrum sometimes you need some help to understand the condition. Well you came to the right place !

Below are some of the resources we have actually used to help us understand and deal with our son's autistic behaviours.

I have specifically included items which we have found to be most useful in the seven years since our son was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.

I hope you find this selection useful,