Monday, 31 January 2011

Mouthing/Pica in Autism

Last year we were tying to resolves Owen's mouthing problems by using a Thera-Band tubing. We found that the tube didn't work as well as we hoped as it involves us having it at hand at all times and Owen having to hold it in order to chew it. He chews when he is on the computer and therefore has no spare hands to hold the tube. He prefers to chew his collar which is much more convenient.

My new idea is the use of chewing gum. It does seem to work well as long as I have an endless supply handy. I was concerned about the ingredients in Wrigley's chewing gum. Even Wrigleys packet states that excessive use of gum can act as a laxative.

Finally, I have found some natural and organic chewing gum which apart from the cost may offer the solution. Of course Owen doesn't make it easy as he only like lemon or lime flavour. Which luckily is available Chicza Organic Mexican Lime Bio Chewing Gum

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Fimo Monsters

Anya has been developing her quirky creative style by experimenting with fimo. She has created a really cool range of monsters.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Go The Fuck To Sleep

After my vague success at the South Bank graffiti reading, I came across a book called Go The Fuck To Sleep.  I thought it was worth a mention!

Go the Fuck To Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing off to dreamland. Honest, profane, and affectionate, Adam Mansbach's verses and Ricardo Cortés' illustrations perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night, and open up a conversation about parenting in the process. Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the Fuck to Sleep is a perfect gift for parents new, old, or expectant. Here is a sample verse: The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You're cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the fuck to sleep.