Autism Central and some great toys and sensory resources for autism

I attended Autism Central in Birmingham yesterday – an event organised by Autism West Midlands and the Queen Alexandra College.

There were some great talks on all different aspects of autism, including talks from two very eloquent and charming young men on the autistic spectrum who attend QAC as to how their lives are affected. I manned a stand offering nutrition advice and had a steady stream of parents, professionals and service users wracking my brains on how to deal with underweight, overweight, gut problems, faddy eating, and my view on the gluten and milk free diet and other approaches.  It was great to meet everyone, and to offer some help.

Other stands that really caught my eye were:

  • The Timocco child development motion game – a sort of Kinetic or Wii option for any PC, specially made for children with special needs, and the omiVista interactive floor – which I’ve only seen before at the Science Museum – walk and stamp on a floor projection to interact with it – a great hit with some of the children who attended the day, not to mention the adults.
  • A Quiet Place – providing relaxing environments and emotional intelligence training in schools.
  • Kingkraft – providing weighted vests and blankets, and a fabulous big weighted beanbag that I took refuge in a couple of times in the day.  The products are not cheap but they hire them out for trial use – as they don’t help everyone, but for those they do help it tends to be significant.
  • Living Autism – a new directory of services and particularly living services for adults with autism.
  • Tough Furniture – from shatterproof mirrors to virtually unbreakable beds, desks and TV cabinets.
  • Sensory Direct – provider of weighted blankets, weighted compression vests, weighted belts, sensory toys, chewy toys and more.
  • Augmentative and alternative communication tools from Liberator.

Looking forward to more Autism Central events!

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