Resources and leaflets
You may find these documents helpful in supporting your child with Autism. Please note that the advice provided and strategies recommended in these leaflets is general and may not be relevant to or appropriate for your child. We recommend that you discuss the implementation of any new strategies with school staff if you are unsure.
Autism Alert cards
Autism alert cards (child)
Autism alert cards (young person)
Business cards compiled by Queensmill Occupational Therapy Department that can be carried by parents/carers and handed out to members of the public to inform them of a child's difficulties. Print out onto card and cut out. These are particularly useful if a child is demonstrating challenging behaviours and you don't have time to explain to bystanders who may want to help (or interfere). Cards similar to these can also be provided for your child to carry in their pockets or bag in case they go missing. These should be individualised and include emergency contact details. Please speak with your child’s Occupational Therapist to request.
An advice leaflet compiled by Queensmill Occupational Therapisy Department about supporting your child with Autism to tolerate brushing teeth and ways this activity can be adapted to make it easier for carers.
Advice about helping your child to cope with Christmas and other celebrations which are often a difficult time for young people with Autism.
An advice leaflet compiled by Queensmill Occupational Therapy Department about supporting your child with Autism to tolerate dental care.
Guidelines for Airline Staff
Guidelines for Airling Staff
When going on holiday, this leaflet made by the National Autistic Society is for parents to hand to airline staff to explain that their child has Autism - what to expect and how to help. This can be individualised by Queensmill staff as needed. Please speak with your child’s Occupational Therapist.
An advice leaflet compiled by Queensmill Occupational Therapy Department about supporting your child with Autism to tolerate hair care.
An advice leaflet compiled by Queensmill Occupational Therapy Department about supporting your child with Autism to tolerate nail care.
These leaflets were compiled by the Occupational Therapists in the local Disabled Children’s Team following a joint workshop for parents with the Queensmill Occupational Therapy Department.
This leaflet provides advice on how you can help keep your child with disabilities safe at home/around doors.
Door Safety Leaflet
This leaflet provides advice on how you can help keep your child with challenging behaviour safe in the garden.
This leaflet provides advice on how you can help keep your child with disabilities safe outside in the community.
This leaflet provides advice on how you can help keep your child with escaping (running away) behaviour safe in your care.
Sensors & Tracking Devices
This leaflet provides advice on how you can help keep your child with disabilities safe around windows.
Encouraging Good Sleep Habits in Children with Learning Disabilities: An information leaflet produced by Research Autism.
Encouraging Good Sleep Habits
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Advice about how starting toilet training with your child and how Queensmill staff will support with this
For more specific tips about toileting and access to visual resources, use this link: www.continencevictoria.org.au These may need adapting to ensure that the language is appropriate for your child (particularly as the website is Australian). Speak to your child’s Occupational Therapist if you would like to adapt these visuals.
Useful links and services
The information and links below are for national organisations that you may find helpful.
National Autistic Society (NAS):
Helpline: 0845 070 4004
Parent to parent: 0800 9 520 520
This link takes you to a search tool to find Autism support groups in your local area.
The following section of the website provides a summary and review of the evidence base for different types of intervention: http://researchautism.net/autism-interventions/our-evaluations-interventions
The information and links below are for local organisations (within the tri-borough and surrounding areas) that you may find helpful.
Disabled Children’s Teams
For information about support and assessment for respite from a social worker in your local area:Hammersmith and Fulham
Kensington and Chelsea
Tel: 020 8960 9099
A registered charity that provides practical and emotional support for families-in-need through befriending and mentoring services. Family Friends helps disadvantaged families in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Brent.
MENCAP – Hammersmith and Fulham
Provides respite, advocacy and parent support network.
West London Action for Children (WLAC):
WLAC offer services for families in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea who are in receipt of benefits.
Phone: 0207 352 1155