The Autism Toolbox: Emotional Wellbeing

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 emotional well-being.

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Activities and Groups

Support and Services

Social Stories

Apps for Mental and Emotional Health

Useful Websites


Activities and Groups

Mindfulness and Meditation activities in Buckinghamshire

    

Support and Services

CAMHS (Buckinghamshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

 CAMHS provide physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire (and Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset).

Support for Young People with Autism by The Autism Teaching Company (AuTC)

The specialist teachers at The Autism Teaching Company (AuTC) can help identify and understand the triggers which result in difficulties and anxiety. We teach strategies to help with managing behaviour in these situations. We can support the recognition and development of strengths to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

 

Social Stories

Social stories and comic strip conversations

Social storiesTM were created by Carol Gray in 1991. Carol is a Consultant to Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Autism. Social stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. This National Autistic Society (NAS) guide explains how they can help autistic people develop greater social understanding and stay safe. There are also resources at the bottom to help you create your own.

   

Apps for Mental and Emotional Health

Lots of us use Apps every day, whether it’s to message our friends or to edit photographs. But have you considered using apps on your phone to help improve your general well-being? Below is a list of a few apps we would recommend giving a go. Just remember though that although these apps can be useful we still recommend speaking to a trusted adult or GP if you have concerns about any symptoms you are experiencing. Take a look at our Library and Resources section for books and workbooks that can help with mental and emotional health.

SAM

Self-help for Anxiety Management – a self-help app to learn to manage anxiety.

    • Devices: iOS and Android

    • Price: Free

For Me

Wherever you are and whatever life throws at you, Childline is now easier to access than ever before. ‘For me’ is the brand new way to get advice and support on loads of topics – from issues that can play a big part in everyone’s life, like school and exam stress, through to extremely personal issues, such as self-harm and mental health. Get access to self-help advice and support on a huge range of issues

  • Watch videos to help you feel better

  • Create your own mood tracker and have your own private locker space that’s just for you

  • Chat to other young people about whatever you want on our lively and supportive message boards

  • Call, or email a Childline counsellor

  • Devices: iOS 
  • Price: Free

What’s up?

What’s Up? is a fantastic free app on iTunes and Google Play utilising some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more!

    • Devices: iOS and Android

    • Price: Free but Offers In-App Purchases

Headspace  

Meditation made simple. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.

      • Devices: iOS, Android and via the website

      • Price: Paid for app (subscription required) however, you can get Headspace for free when you sign up to Anxiety UK.

Relax Melodies

Select sounds and melodies to help you sleep.

    • Devices: iOS and Android
    • Price: Free but Offers In-App Purchases

TaoMix2

Create and explore soundscapes with a colour visual interface.

    • Devices: iOS and Android
    • Price: Free version available.

Moodtrack Diary

Monitor and track your emotional health. The app records a range of emotions for anxiety, depression, stress, post-traumatic stress and your general well-being.

    • Devices: iOS and Android
    • Price: Free but Offers In-App Purchases

Grief: Support for Young People

This app has been created by leading bereavement charity Child Bereavement UK and the bereaved young people we work with. It is for 11 to 25-year-olds who have been bereaved of someone important to them. It can also be used by friends, teachers, parents and professionals who would like to know how to support bereaved young people.

    • Devices: iOS and Android
    • Price: Free

CALM

Relax with Calm, a simple mindfulness meditation app

  • Devices: iOS, Android and website
  • Price: Paid for app

Sleep Advisor 

Aim to educate readers on how to use meditation as a way to achieve better sleep, this guide includes sections about the right time to meditate and tips on how to meditate before going to bed.

 

Useful Websites 

Here is a list of websites and a book which are useful resources in supporting children and young people with anxiety.

www.youngminds.org.uk

UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

www.mind.org.uk

Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

www.barnados.org.uk

Children's charity; services help children in poverty, support young carers and help families looking to foster or adopt.

AnDY Research Clinic

Offer assessments, treatment and research to children and young people suffering with anxiety and/or depression.

www.minded.org.uk

A free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.

www.anxietyuk.org.uk

A user-led organisation. Provides support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. We can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.

myLifeRaft.com

MyLiferaft is an online place for all your health and well-being information, to help connect you and your carers.  All your information will be stored safely and easily, allowing only those you choose to be able to access it. Free and paid-for accounts available.