Thursday, 20 July 2017

Medal craft activity for the World @ParaAthletics Championship

Jane and Advid running - Medal Craft activity for the Para Athletics

Helping kids understand or engage with sports events can sometimes be a challenge whether they have autism or not.  As the World Para Athletics Championships are in full swing, why not engage them with a fun medals activity.  This craft activity we did at Me Too & Co has some great ways for developing motor skills and can celebrate your own achievements or games.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Our favourite online educational resources for the holidays - @clevertykes and more


Anthony really struggles with homework.  David is only interested in what he is interested in when he's interested in it and Jane is interested in learning about everything! Over the last school year we've found being able to access ideas for homework or about topics at a level my kids get and understand has been really helpful.  And we are heading for the holidays and summer projects.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

What SEND families find most difficult about the holidays

Anthony on holiday

In some ways, this is maybe one of the saddest posts I've written.  Generally I wouldn't put myself into the 'sad' or 'angry' blogger categories.  I definitely share how I feel and how *I think* my boys and family feel about things that happen. But I'm not sure they are really sad posts. When I asked some SEND families what they found difficult about the holidays I wasn't expecting half hearted remarks but I didn't expect to feel so down hearted after reading them.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sleeping in a sauna - keeping our family cool on hot nights

Sleeping in red sheets

Ahhh.. the British and our heatwaves.  We do love to complain about a lack of summer and then melt and moan when the temperature rises above 30 degrees.  Mostly I hear moaning about the nights. Windows have been opened and fans have been on in an effort to shift some of the slightly cooler air through the homes in our part of London.  But not in our house - it's just not safe.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

SEND & SpectrumSunday #52


Welcome back for Spectrum and SEND Sunday #52!  Summer is upon us and we are struggling a bit with the heat in our home. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Saved by a pack of M&S Dark Chocolate Lemon & Lime Jaffa Cakes


One of my girl friends loves the M&S Dark Chocolate Lemon & Lime Jaffa Cakes.  They are her go-to treat - worth their weight in gold. And though I'm not so sure that financially makes sense, she bought a pack over to my house the other day when she and her little boy came round for a play date with Jane.  And they were delicious.  Today I was going to drop some to her as a treat in return, but I couldn't.  Because yesterday I had to use them to save my son from himself. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Why we may always be part of the latest craze and @dowtkids FidgetSpinners giveaway

Why we may alwasy be part of the latest craze - Anthony playing with a Fidget Spinner

David loves to spin.  He spins toys, wheels, lights and particularly enjoys whole body spinning himself akin to a figure skater.  He'll spin when he's excited and sometimes spin his fingers near his eyes too.   He spins at home, at the playground, on days out and even in the odd restaurant.   And then in the same restaurant he may stand mesmerised by a spinning fan that's just meant to be keeping the patrons cool. Sometimes it's a reaction to having fun, being excited and sometimes it's about being calm.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

WonderfulWednesday: Father's Day at Sea via @bobscartoons

Still from an animated memoir by The Telegraph cartoonist, Bob, of his family’s first holiday

This month's wonderful Wednesday share was a link emailed to me by my husband.  It's a fantastic animated memoir by The Telegraph cartoonist, Bob, of his family’s first holiday which happened to fall on Father's Day this year.   Bob's daughter, Poppy, is a happy, cheeky, determined little girl who also happens to have cerebral palsy and epilepsy.  This year the family went on holiday and found that despite the difficulties it was well worth going.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Whose birthday is it today?

Whose birthday is it today? Car birthday cake

"Whose birthday is it today?"

That was the first question I was asked by Anthony this morning.  I racked my brain and wondered if I'd forgotten something.  Then he said, "You'll never guess."  Usually Anthony is right about this kind of thing.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thank you little girls


Performance has always been difficult for Anthony. The pressure of a spectacle, the potential of failure and the large number of people are a lot to cope with. We've always been very proud of Anthony's effort to participate in his class performances but I've noted that it's not only his increased ability to cope with summer concerts and plays that gives me hope for his future. It's the actions of the other children too.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

MadeUpMilestones: 'Bye Bye' with @kaiden_laverty

Small boy

We have finally been able to enjoy some good weather - and there's more good news!  It's also time for this month's #madeupmilestones series when we celebrate the achievements special to us and our kids.  This month it's Kaiden and a lovely step for his son, Joshua when leaving nursery.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

My CarersWeek 2017


It's nearing the end of Carers Week 2017.  My week has been like many others, full of highs and lows, based mostly on the highs and lows of my kids.  I have three kids and although I'm 'mum' to all three, I'm also a parent carer to my sons Anthony, age 9 and David, age 6.
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