Thursday, 18 January 2018

Rewards that help with interaction and behaviour

Boy with autism on a colourful train

Some kids respond really well to reward charts.  There's a lot to be said for them.  But they require an understanding of what's being rewarded.  For some kids especially those with communication difficulties, rewards work really well, but they need to instant and they need to have meaning.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Facing an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) deadline

Boys at the Tower of London

I’ve been thinking about significance of deadlines. This morning the BBC breakfast show featured a story about the approaching EHCP transfer deadline. This was set by Government for all local authorities to transfer an old document called a 'Statement of Special Educational Needs' to the new Education, Health and Care Plan - a document set out as part of the Children’s Act 2014 to improve things for kids, like mine, who need additional support with their education.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Navigating the sea of homework

Kids with autism can find some things difficult.  An autistic boy tries to walk in the water at a beach.

Out of our three school-age kids, two of them get homework. Young Jane is excited to do hers. She loves learning and practising and getting better. Anthony though finds it difficult.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Has Toby Young been backed into a cave?


Politics. Half way through the last season of House of Cards, I said to my other half, “I just don’t think like this lot.” But who does really? I mean it’s all drama on the TV right?

I’m generally one for weighing information and thinking about things. Then finally saying my point. Isn’t that what most people do? Or not?  Take for example, Mr Toby Young.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Make your own StickMan Family with this kids motor-skills craft activity

Child playing with Stick Man Family

Inspired by preparing for our latest autistic and neurotypical family visit to see Stick Man Live last week, Jane I set about making our own Stick Man Family by using up materials leftover from Christmas and delving into our craft box.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

5 reasons to start a passion project


There’s never a better time to think about yourself than right after your children head back to school after winter break.  As a parent, it's easy to put yourself last.   But the New Year is a great time to focus if you’ve been putting off doing something you want to do - why not start a passion project.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Home ideas for an autistic household in 2018

Jane paints the wall

Everyone knows the home is where the heart is.  We all want to enjoy our home but sometimes with kids it can seem like making our home safe, or nice or suitable for the family is challenging.  Our kids don't understand many boundaries so the place can end up a mess or be unsafe.  Here's some easier ideas to help make a house a safe home for a neurotypical and autistic family..

Sunday, 31 December 2017

SEND and SpectrumSunday #64 - Happy Hogmanay

Spectrum Sunday badge

Happy New Year's Eve!  The festive season has been pretty overwhelming though mostly in a good way and still left me exhausted.  Our kids are back to school this week (though on different days) but I'm completely unprepared regards uniforms etc.  However, I've managed to pull myself together for our SEND and Spectrum Sunday linky.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Looking back at our big moments from 2017

David, our autistic son, looking back through a window on a train journey

The year is drawing to an end!  How has our last year been?  Looking back for us it's been a series of highs and lows, as always.  Here's my monthly top picks of things I'd like to share with you from 2017.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Our captured shots from 2017

Photos including three children watching pengiuns, a boy jumping in red wellington boots, a girl painting in a hallway in the sunlight, a boy on a beach, and centered around a photo of a family walking in the mountains


As 2017 comes to a close, I've looked back through the moments captured on our instagram, picked my favourite photographs and written about what they mean to us. 
What is Autism?
It's so much I couldn't possibly try and explain. For us it's wonderful and heart-breaking. Joyous and truthful. But as far as diagnosis is concerned, why not have a look at the National Autistic Society for their definition of Autism.
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