The Autism Toolbox: Environment and Sensory Awareness

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics.  This section is on environment and sensory awareness.

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M&S Sensory Clothing

Autism Friendly Shoes and Fittings

Sensory differences

Video: How Children with Autism can use Exercise as a Sensory Break

Sensory Furniture and Home Decor

Sensory and Schools


M&S Sensory Clothing

M&S have worked with The National Autistic Society (NAS) to produce an “Easy dressing range”. This follows their Specialist bodysuits and sleepwear adapted for children who need extra help, use things like feeding tubes, or simply need clothes that are easy to put on and super-gentle on sensitive skin.

Kids Easy Dressing

Specialist bodysuits and sleepwear

   

Autism Friendly Shoes and Fittings

Charles Clinkard: Autism Friendly Shoe Fittings (Buckingham and Milton Keynes)

Charles Clinkard have worked with Daisy Chain to create a bespoke personalised service in store. Their staff received extensive training from Daisy Chain and can arrange the following:

  • Dimming of the store lights 
  • Sensory packs
  • Turning off any in-store video screens
  • A quieter store time
  • Staff can also keep your preferences on file ready for your next visit.

  

Sensory differences

The National Autistic Society (NAS) website features information on understanding autism, the person, how to help out with synaesthesia, therapies and equipment. There also a great video below on Autism and sensory differences.

Read Sensory Differences

     

Video | How Children with Autism can use Exercise as a Sensory Break

  

Sensory Furniture and Home Decor

www.cheapdisabilityaids.co.uk

A website that supplies all sorts of sensory items and furnishing.

21 Sensory Activities For Kids With Autism

Sensory craft ideas for the kids that you can make at home.

      

Sensory and Schools 

Our Resources for Teachers and Schools and Learning sections feature lots of useful resources for schools, teachers and other professionals.

Autism Voices - Sensory Challenges in School Video

 Sensory Audits of Schools by The Autism Teaching Company (AuTC)

The Autism Teaching Company (AuTC) provide sensory audits of schools and other environments in order to further understand how to adapt the environment to help reduce anxieties. AuTC work closely with occupational therapists and others trained in managing sensory modulation to create a conducive environment.