The A to Z of Autism - C is For

When Mr L was diagnosed back in 2007 I didn't have a clue what Autism was or even what it meant, 8 years on and 2 more diagnoses its still a puzzle. I have been contemplating doing a blog series with all the words associated with Autism to help other parents and to maybe be a bit of a reference point. So say hello to the A to Z of Autism. Each week will be a different letter, last week was B is for and I got some fab inclusions from other autism parents. This week is c is for.........

Cooperative Play 
This is something all 3 of my ASD children struggle with, they prefer solitary play, that way no one can interfere with what they are doing. For many children with autism play maybe different or more difficult to achieve. It may seem sometimes that our attempts to engage them fail. But with understanding of what they want from play it is achievable to get cooperative play. Around 12 months ago getting any type of play with Miss S was impossible, we learnt that taking her lead and mimicking her play made her happy. She loves to be copied, this lead to her wanting to engage with us. She will now join in and play with is, it's on her terms but its cooperative.

This one was suggested by Tina from The MotherGeek. She says Sam is really sensitive to the cold, but won't wear a hat, hood or gloves, so winter is a constant game of roulette. He loves being outdoors but can't handle the cold weather, so they have lots of short trips out, rather than full days.

Tina also suggested this one, Sam is a sensory seeker and gives the best cuddles in the world. She says hs cuddles absorb all your stress and he loves bear hugs. Mr D is a cuddler, he loves big strong hugs. 

This one was suggested by Steph from Steph's Two Girls, Controls and challenging behaviour. PDA is all about the child needed tp feel in control due to high levels of anxiety. Challenging behaviour occurs when they are unable to control situations to make them feel safe. I know very little about PDA and when P is for comes around Steph will be back to tell us all about it.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health service is a one you will likely to be familiar with during and after your diagnosis. The services and assistance you receive vary dependant on where you live. Sadly in our area once you are diagnosed you are left to it. The aftercare is very lacking and we had to find out things for ourselves.

Do you have anything else you would add for C then just leave me a comment below. Make sure you come back next week for D is for.....
  1. Love the A-Z's your writing up, this is really helping me to understand autism and what it means. thank you :)

  2. Loving your alphabet posts - you're really testing me though! Am sure there's loads more I should be offering... :)

  3. Great for a concise look at autism

  4. Lovely descriptive explanation.

  5. As someone who works with young people with autism and have friends who have asd, I love this A -Z of Autism. Thank you Mandy!

  6. this has been a very interesting an informative read x

  7. Wow, this was very clear and easy to understand.

  8. You are doing an awesome job my son is now 15 and has got a place at college it has been a long road and we have used many of the tactics you have discussed. As for Cahms/Tahms can i say 2nd home?? lol

  9. First I have heard of the term cooperative play. Yet it reminds me of what we tend to naturally ( instinctively) do with babies, toddlers etc :- It is fun to interact with youngsters in this way. Tis wonderful to interact with babies and children, especially when they give a reaction ( whether facial expression, sound etc). We are communicating, interacting, socialising. I love that, and the child's reaction seems to imply that they enjoy interaction.

    Rachel Craig

  10. CAHMS, when I first heard of this verbally :- to me it sounded like CALMS. I thought people were meaning something which helps to calm the autistic child, maybe a technique.

    Have parents found ways to calm their child when upset, have challenging behaviour etc?

    Rachel Craig


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