To all those crocheting experts, yes this is terrible but it was my first ever attempt at a granny square while following a You Tube video. It was a reasonable try though. What has this got to do with Autism you're thinking.....it's not Crocheting Saturday.
Well my son likes a blanket as a stress reliever/comforter but obviously he can't cart around his blanket around at eighteen so we always look for an alternative. He has the blanket with the satin edge as he finds that so relaxing and it does control his anxiety. I did cut a piece from an old blanket but he didn't really like me cutting his blanket up even though it may have been dropping to pieces anyway.
He has however taken to my slightly messy crocheted granny square, it's handy and he can put it in his pocket. He likes popping his fingers through all the holes and nobody really notices he's got it. He seems to have his anxiety pretty well controlled at the moment but he can have this handy in his pocket or in his school bag just in case.
I hadn't thought of this being so handy. I'm a better knitter I think than a crocheter but hey it may only take a bit more practice. Whether you knit, crochet or sew you can come up with anything like this if a blanket has been of some comfort. They can also be made to any size, colour or texture. You could even sew a button and a loop on for that fidget fiddly facility. Plenty of ideas to make life easier eh? Not only for our young people but for us too, just knowing that there is something quite simple to help with any emotional change.
This may not be a solution for everyone with Autism but for us it's been great, I hope, even if this is not ideal for you it may still give you a hint or an idea of something that may work for you.
Thank you for reading today. I do hope the holidays are going ok for you all. Please join me again tomorrow for Pass the Remote but for now you take care.
Every Saturday will be about Autism, family and life.