This seemed a fitting topic to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week commencing on 26 March 2018.   It is estimated that between 50 – 80 % of children with autism have sleep problems.  In fact many children with sensory processing difficulties experience sleep disturbances.


Fidgetbum have very kindly agreed to give to one reader a free fidgetbum.  See below for more details. 


Fidgetbum is a new product designed to help children sleep well.  It is made from stretchy cotton and fits under the mattress and over the top of the normal bed covers; zipping over the child .  The website contains some very useful information about sleep and sensory processing difficulties.




Mel from fidgetbum is offering one reader (subscribed to my newsletter) a free fidgetbum and in return would love you to write a review of the product.  If you are subscribed to the newsletter and would like to be entered into the draw for this, please email me by 31 March 2018.  It would be really interesting to hear how people find this product compared to a weighted blanket or other strategies.


A Stitch Different is a community interest company who make bespoke weighted blankets and other weighted products.

Weighted blankets are often reported to be helpful for children with sleep difficulties.




Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is a very comprehensive book on sleep written by an American paediatrician. It covers strategies to establish healthy sleep habits from newborn to adolescence.






Cerebra have produced a very informative guide to help parents understand sleep problems in children with intellectual disability and what can be done to improve sleep. It can be downloaded as a PDF.





Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 is the sequel to ‘The Reason I Jump’.  Naoki offers insight into his world now as a young adult.  This book challenges commonly held beliefs and attitudes about individuals with autism and especially those who are non-verbal communicators.  Essential reading for anyone working with people with autism.





There is a programme of courses arranged for the Summer Term and Autumn Term.    All  courses are now held at The Space Centre, Preston and are open to teachers, professionals and parents. Applications are now open  and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please apply early to avoid disappointment.  All courses are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

All courses are also available as INSET or in house training, please contact us for further details and prices.

Sensory Processing and Autism

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1 May 2018

The Space Centre, Preston

How can we understand and address some of the sensory difficulties we see in children and adults with autism? How can I extend my knowledge and skills in working in this area?

Recent research has found that up to 95% of children with autism have significant sensory processing problems. This has been recognised in the diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for autism. NICE guidelines also recognise the significant sensory difficulties in children and adults with autism. Increasingly, teachers and health professionals working with children and adults with autism are expected to have an understanding of the sensory processing difficulties faced by those with autism, as well as the ability to implement simple strategies and alter the environment to accommodate the individual’s sensory needs. Additionally, for establishments that are seeking Autism Accreditation, ‘Sensory Issues’ is one of the core standards.

The aim of this one day extension course is to provide teachers and health professionals, who have a basic understanding of sensory processing difficulties, with the skills needed to apply that understanding to the everyday difficulties that children and adults with autism experience in different settings. This course will further develop participant’s knowledge base including the neuroscience of sensory processing, and the ability to then apply this knowledge to set up more complex strategies, both for individuals as well as whole school/curriculum/service strategies.  There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at The Space Centre.

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder  

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17 and 18 October 2018


Making SENSE of Behaviour 

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21 and 22 November 2018