“I’m not naughty – I’m autistic”

How can you tell the difference between a naughty child and a child with an Autistic Spectrum Condition? What kind of things upset a child with autism? How should other children interact with children on the spectrum?

It’s Autism Awareness Month, and we’ve been busy showcasing our games at the ‘Anna Kennedy Online’ Autism Expo. Autism affects up to 1 in 64 people, and here at BrainBox we’re really keen to understand more about it.

There’s so much information in so many places it can seem daunting, so we’ve pulled together six great tools to help us all get better acquainted with the A-word:

6 tools to help you understand autism better

Video: Too much information

This new video from the National Autistic Society shows how 10 year old Alexander feels when he tries to walk through a busy shopping centre. He gets sensory overload, so the plethora of sounds, sights and smells can be very confusing and upsetting, and people brushing into him can sometimes be too much. Watch the video and see if you can make it to the end.

Game: Pick a character

Autism can affect people in so many different ways. This interactive animation from Autism Scotland lets you choose a character to understand more about how their spectrum condition affects their daily life:

Article: Talk about it

Children are accepting of differences but they don’t always understand them, so it’s important to talk honestly about autism with all children, whether they’re on the spectrum or not. This blog gives 10 ways to talk to children about autism:

Programme: The A-Word

Many of you will have seen the BBC drama The A-Word. Here’s what it’s all about: “How do you respond to attempts to change you when change is the thing you fear the most? The series follows Joe’s resistance and his response to those who demand things from him he cannot give. And his manner of dealing with the family around him and their ever-changing needs provides us with a dramatic journey that is emotional, funny and real.” Watch it on iPlayer.

Blog: Autism in the family

Back in May 2014 we featured a blog from Lucie Aiston who has two children with autism. She told us how she uses play to help her son learn to share and interact. Read more about it here:

Parents View: Games that help

Here at BrainBox we want to help and we think our games do just that! Here, parents tell you which games hit the mark for children with learning differences like autism and dyslexia:

Whatever you do for Autism Awareness Month with your children, we hope you’ll keep learning – and keep it fun!