Want a whole big bunch of autism tips for the holidays?
Well you're in luck because I've put them all together into a handy guide for you. In fact, it's called The Super Handy Guide To Planning Autism-Friendly Celebrations, and it's now available as a free download over on the Downloads page.
There are also a couple of new articles that you might want to check out:
- Autism Tips For The Holidays: Receiving & Opening Gifts
- Autism Tips For The Holidays: Visitors & Visiting
Happy holidays everyone!
This month's exclusive giveaway for members of the Snagglebox Newsletter is a 5 lb weighted lap blanket. Just the thing to snuggle up with in the wintry months ahead (or take refuge under during all the hustle and bustle of the holidays).
Want to enter for a chance to win? Join the newsletter before December 3 and you'll automatically go into the draw.
UPDATE: The lucky winner was Jessica, who'll be putting the blanket to good use in her classroom with some of her students. Congratulations, Jessica!
This week I launched Autism Prep Class, a free 7-day email course to help teachers learn how to set up their classroom to make it a comfortable space for students with autism. The response has been amazing!
It's really easy to join and doesn't cost a thing! Sound good? Hop over to the Autism Prep Class page to learn more.
I've got a classroom sensory pack to give away!
It's got all sorts of cool fidgets and sensory toys that would be handy in the classroom (and at home too!).
- 2 x Liquid motion bubblers - a little lava lamp that you can flip over like an hourglass, awesome for visual stimming
- Monster headband headphones - soft washable headband with tiny speakers inside, great for kids who can't tolerate earbuds
- 3 x Tangle Jr twisty fidget toys
- Hand therapy stress ball - great for both anxiety relief and hand strengthening work
- 8" Time Timer - really helpful visual display of time remaining, makes transitions a lot easier for kids who struggle to conceptualize time
- Mini wooden fidget puzzle
Seriously, how cute are those monster headphones? I want a pair!
For your chance to win, just sign up for the Snagglebox newsletter and you'll automatically be entered in the giveaway.
Entries close August 19
Snagglebox will always be an ad-free zone, so this is not an affiliate or sponsored post. I just appreciate you guys, and want to share some stuff that I think could be really useful for you.
So whether you're a parent feeling the squeeze of all the back to school expenses, or a teacher trying hard to stock your classroom on your own dime, this pack could really come in handy.
UPDATE: The giveaway has now closed and the lucky winner is Carla. Thanks to everyone who entered!
I've been away for a while but never too far from Snagglebox.
The past year has been... kinda crazy. Full of trauma, good times, love, heartbreak, travel and a whole lot of soul-searching. MineMum still keeps me super busy, I've been answering zillions of emails from parents who need help with Minecraft and installing mods.
But I've also been working really hard on some new stuff that I'm really excited to share with you guys! So stay tuned, more on that soon.
Celebrations and holidays can be a particularly overloading time for kids (and adults!) with autism, sensory issues and other special needs. Over the years I've figured out lots of ways to make these occasions more accessible for me and my kids, so that everyone can participate if they want to.
In this month's guest post at Glade Run, I share some of the tips that have made celebrations more fun for our family. Just in time for Halloween!
You're looking mighty fine this morning.
Image: Spencer Holtaway
Lately the online autism community has become an increasingly unpleasant place to be. There's a lot of infighting and drama and tension, with the words 'parent', 'advocate' and 'autistic adult' being used to draw lines in the sand that shouldn't exist. I find myself feeling more and more unsafe in this community, and so I made the decision to take a break from writing about autism.
The internet is a tough place to hang out sometimes, and this can be particularly true when you're a parent of kids who have special needs. There's a lot to disagree about and conflict is inevitable. But there are also a lot of really great, positive and supportive resources out there... so how do you find them? And how do you protect yourself when you're in a space that makes you feel unsafe?
If this is something that you're struggling with too, my guest post at Glade Run this month has tips for Finding Safe & Supportive Spaces Online. Because learning to stay emotionally safe online is just as important as having good passwords and virus protection.
No matter how you're feeling about the new school year - excited, relieved, anxious, terrified - doing a little preparation before the big day will help everyone in the family to cope better with the transition. Here are some resources that might help:
My guest post at Glade Run this month has tips for Introducing Your Child To Their New Teacher.
The Really Big List of Back To School Tips For Kids With ASD has tons of ideas!
She's Always Write has this handy Special Needs Student Resume.
If your kids are starting middle school, check out 7 Things You Might Not Know To Ask For.
And if your kids have a new teacher or you're a teacher with an autistic student for the first time, there's the Autism Preparation Kit For Teachers.
Here's to a successful, comfortable and enjoyable school year for everyone!