Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Getting others on board with diagnoses, medication or therapies

As a parent of kids with special educational needs the world can sometimes seem a lonely place.  We rely on those close to us.  The friends I often make are parents who also have additional needs kids.  This makes sense really as I have most things in common with them.  We have a little community.  

But sometimes the extended family, teachers or friends can have misconceptions about certain diagnoses, medications or therapies.   This can make decisions about how to help kids even harder. 

Saturday, 5 September 2020

SEND and SpectrumSunday 93

By tomorrow all my kids will be back at their various schools and educational settings. Still I wonder when things will seem a bit more 'normal' at least a bit more like what we were used to anyway.  

Thursday, 27 August 2020

When you are a Power Ranger

Power Rangers Toys

You come across all sorts of awareness days when you've got kids with additional needs. I didn't think Power Rangers Day would be top of my list, but then I didn't know many years ago that I'd have such amazing kids, some of whom happen to be autistic. 

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Coral reef motor skills and learning craft

Coral Reef Craft

Although the beach can be a challenge for us - it can also be great.  Quieter beaches are better and these can often be rocky.  So we use what we have and have spent many summers up at my parents place on the North Coast of Scotland, stomping around the rocks finding creatures in the shallow waters.   We weren't sure if we would make it there this year but managed to see them for a week as the lockdown rules relaxed.   

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Preparing kids for heading back to school after the lockdown with giveaway

Boy filling in an activity sheet

Kids have been away from school for the longest period in their lives. Whilst our kids with autism struggle with these changes, many kids find the transition into and out of school challenging even in normal times. We've found that there are things that can help whatever type of bubble or other system your school is adopting to keep kids safe.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Getting my autistic kids to be comfortable with face masks

A few months ago I wrote a post about how I talk to my young children about the coronavirus COVID-19 and how do I keep them safe?  It has sparked a few responses particularly as, like myself, many of our readers have children with autism, comorbid conditions or other disabilities and might not be able to wear one. 

Sunday, 2 August 2020

SEND & SpectrumSunday Lockdown Linky 4

With even more of the lockdown easing, I wonder when things will seem a bit more 'normal' at least a bit more like what we were used to anyway.  In many ways lockdown has suited our autistic and ADHD family but I do wonder if I'll be calling these linkies 'lockdown' versions for much longer? It's hard to know what's going to happen and that can be challenging for many SEND families. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Will the pandemic slow down autism assessments?

Children by clock face

I had to make an appointment with a doctor last week. Anthony's meds means he has to speak to his GP every now and again before his prescription can be renewed.  I'd seen things in the news about the knock-n effects of the COVID-19 pandemic being a delay in people seeking medical attention.  I didn't think it would be so difficult to speak to our GP though.  It took over a week of phoning every day as the surgery opened to try and get one of the daily slots.  Eventually, I got one because we has actually run out of medication.  And I wondered how challenging this might be if it wasn't just our GP we needed to see.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Summer book ideas for the kids that will get them doing things

Learning motor-skills with our Gruffalo Terrible Tusks fruit kebabs

Books are great for many kids including those with autism.  They are great because they can give kids a starter for their imagination and they often provide the security of a routine - a story is the same each time you read it. So how can we use books to create more activities to expand their use during the holidays?

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