Autism, family

Joining the slime craze!

So I’ve been meaning to share this post for 6 months! Maybe longer and thought I had when I realised it’s been sitting here the whole time not sent… so without further ado. How we made slime…..

We decided to make slime. I use to do this years ago and it is so much easier than I thought and most important all the kids had fun.

Ingredients!

  • Clear glue (we had “slime glue” but really it’s just plain clear glue)
  • Borax powder (fund in the laundry aisle at the shops)
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Tubs/ bowls/ spoons to mix in
  • Zip lock bags or resealable containers to store it in.

How!

First I poured out equal amounts of glue into posts. The kids then chose their glitter and mixed it in.

Pour 1 cup warm water into container and add 1-2tsp of borax powder- mix well.

If doing different slime types now is the time to do your extras- we added hand cream for one and shaving cream for another. Mix well.

Add 1 tsp at a time of borax water to the glue mixture and stir. The more you add the harder the slime.

The kids loved this part watching the texture change. Once stirred pick it up and play!

Slime can be an amazing sensory tool for kids Autistic or not. Give them slime and something changes- they feel it, they mould it within their fingers and you can see tension immediately start to melt. Even months after we made this if things were getting intense I would just bring out the packets . I would start playing with it myself and they would immediately be wanting to have a turn, or else after a long progressive meltdown it’s a great way to unwind and settle.

As you can see there are so many ways to play with slime and so many more . Kids will figure it out, mix their own and want to try different concoctions- let them have failures it’s a science lesson in what works and what doesn’t then repeat again and see what does- why does the slime with hand cream feel softer than the slime with shaving cream? You can skip these questions in as well and then your even teaching something! Lol!

I hope you enjoyed my post. I have more to come

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What is autsim?

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I am not an expert but because I will be talking about autism and my children a lot I want to share a basic definition of Autism with you, and also how to explain Autism to others.

I talk to my kids and their friend said about Autism and keep it simple and find that they get it a lot more than adults. Even now some of our extended family and friends still don’t quite understand. I have another blog post on talking to children about autism.

When talking to kids or people who have no experiance with Autism go slow, keep it normal and remember no one else’s reactions change what you know. That the person who is Autistic in your life is the same awesome person with or without their approval.

Definition
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex lifelong developmental disability that is neurological [Autism Association Of Western Australia] Autism effects how people communicate and interact with others, and how they perceive the world. Autism is different for everyone, which is why it is called a spectrum.

Characteristics
The term Autism is used to describe a group of closely related disorders which belong to the same diagnostic category and share core symptoms [1]
These characteristics include
• difficulty relating to and communicating with others
• Restricted interests/ relationships and play
• Restricted routines
• Repetitive behaviours (some obvious others not)
• Sensory issues [1,2]
Some people on the Autism spectrum have below average intelligence and others in the typical or above average. This use to be referred to as functioning labels or Aspergers. But doesn’t accurately describe or acknowledge individuals. Autism can also be seen with other medical conditions. It is not exclusive. Eg epilepsy, fragile x, apraxia.

The term spectrum is used because it is different and presents differently for each person. Symptoms can be subtle and not obvious until kindy/school age or even late adolescence and adulthood. Some people live independently and others need extra support. There are shared characteristics but they can present differently in different people.[3]

How is it diagnosed
The diagnosis process. Can take a long time, and can often be very exhausting and stressful on families and individuals.
A multidisciplinary medical team is required to assess and agree for someone to receive an autism diagnosis. For children, This usually starts as a GP referral to a developmental Paediatrician. They then refer on to a psychologist and also a speech therapist who do individual assessments. The team then use the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Of mental disorders (DSM) which has a strict list of signs and symptoms that need to be present for a diagnosis. [2]
There is no such thing as a “bit autistic”.

Why get a diagnosis?
As many families with children who need extra support know, getting any services is hard. Trust your gut. Once a diagnosis of Autism is received you get access to specialist services, Support, and education. The earlier a diagnosis, the better chance of getting appropriate help and support. A diagnosis isn’t a label. It is part of who you are, and as a mum helps give me the knowledge to work with and support my children in the way they need.

I will be sharing more of our family’s s Autism journey as we go, but remember I am not an expert. Talk to your GP, child health nurse and Paediatrician.

The following websites provide amazing information and resources, and were used in this blog. For more resources head to the resource page 
[1] Autism Association Of Australia.
[2] Raising children Network
[3] Autism Awereness.