Two of my school age children are on the Autism Spectrum, this means they have a lifelong developmental disability which actually according to the National Autistic Society affects one in 100 people.
All Autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses but with my children in particular it affects how they communicate and interact with other people and the world and their sensitivity to loud sounds, smells, and bright light…
Busy spaces, loud events and in particular school for my two can be extremely overwhelming. This is one of the reasons why you may see ‘Autism Friendly’ events advertised which are specifically tweaked to be more Autism inclusive.
My Son is now older and has learnt to self regulate himself and recognise triggers but my daughter is younger and very vulnerable to what is called ‘sensory overload’… when she becomes anxious and overloaded in situations which probably wouldn’t bother you or I.. like a loud classroom or just the thought of going to school she becomes mentally and emotionally exhausted and shuts down…I have learnt recently that this is called ‘Autistic burn-out’.
I am one of thousands of parents with wonderful Autistic children learning everyday more and more about our Autistic children and how we can support them better…
A Papasan Chair has always been part of the ‘Sensorily Safe’ environment I have created over the years for my two..…. they both like a quiet small darkened space, Papasan Chair, soft glow fairy lights and a soft feel blanket… an area with reduced stimuli where when they are overwhelmed know they can go.
Our Papasan Chair has given them the safe and secure tight hug as its bowl shaped seat naturally wraps around which has definitely for my children as part of their ‘Safe Space’ has helped to lower stress and anxiety.
We have a super range of ‘Sensory Papasan Chairs’ which feature Papasan Cushions finished in super soft to the touch faux furs and fleeces for you to browse….
If you would like to learn more about Autism please visit the National Autistic Society they have a super informative website: www.autism.org.uk