Thursday, 15 November 2018

How my autistic son talks about the trees as they lose their leaves

All the trees are dead - autism, facts and absolutes?

For the last month or so, Anthony has spent several journey's to school pointing out all the trees that are loosing their leaves.   "They are dying," he says. We have talked about the fact that it is more like the trees are going to sleep, but Anthony rejected this. To him the tree doesn't look any different by winter to when it looks when it is dead. Instead he thinks about it coming back to life in the spring. 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Autumn to Winter motor skills craft - making a Pine Cone Snowy Owl Family

Snowy pine cone owl family

Learn about the seasons, autumnal materials and animals by making our Pine Cone Snowy Owls  with this fun and easy craft that helps motor skills development too.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 77


It's getting cold and I'm piling on the layers! However you are doing, I'd love you to come share your SEND & autism posts with me here on our SEND and Spectrum Sunday linky - the place you can share and find blog posts about autism, mental health, education and anything related to autism and special educational needs and disabilities parenting. 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Understanding our sleep and Fitbit Versa giveaway

Understanding sleep - glasses and laptop on bed

I've just got a new pair of glasses. They are a bit special. Apart from being my first pair of transitions lenses, my new glasses have an extra added bonus that they help me fall a sleep better.  Confused? Well if I said they had blue light filters in them, some people might get a clue as to why. Understanding how we fall asleep and about our sleep cycles has helped our whole house sleep a bit better.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Helping our kids cope with their feelings after someone dies

Parent hugging child on a beach at sunset

It’s been a few months now since my Papa died. I thought I saw him the other day. It wasn't him obviously, it was another elderly gentlemen, sat in the driver’s seat of a car similar to his and pulled into a disabled parking bay, as I guess he would have been.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Why my autistic son spends hours playing on his iPad

My autistic son playing on his iPad

A few weeks ago I watched a feature on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on kids and devices. The feature was highlighting that half of three to four year olds have their own phone or tablet.  I think if I told some people how long my son can play or should I say, is allowed to play, on his iPad I'd get strange looks. I know if I told people he spent hours everyday on it I'd be judged.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

When our autistic son is sick


Thankfully our kids aren't often ill. Looking after little ones when they are a bit poorly is typical mother work and it's not that different when they are on the autistic spectrum, it's just sometimes a bit come complicated.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Slime, goo and wet sensory play



Sensory play was something I’d never heard of before I had kids with autism. My boys brains don’t just interpret people differently, but the world around them. Their brains literally feel things differently to me and this can sometimes mean they love doing some activities or hate doing them.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 76


School's are back and autumn is on it's way!  However it is going, I'd love you to come share your SEND & autism posts with me here on our SEND and Spectrum Sunday linky - the place you can share and find blog posts about autism, mental health, education and anything related to autism and special educational needs and disabilities parenting. 

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