Thursday, 19 July 2018

The wait for an autism diagnosis

Children by clock face

Imagine your child reaches three years and still doesn't say a word. They don't point to anything, comment or smile. They sit and repeat patterns of play over and over again and get upset if they are disturbed.   You have some suspicions and after chatting with a health visitor you think... may be my child is autistic?

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Dear Fortnite, please bring back Playground Mode

Play Fortnite

Dear Fortnite,

Please bring back Playground Mode in the next update - it makes the game accessible for my autistic son.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

When SportsDay is little to do with sport

Boy running

I loved Sport's Day when I was in Primary School.  Why?  Because in many ways it was one of the few places I fitted in.

Friday, 6 July 2018

An amazing England penalty shootout for our autistic son

Anthony goalkeeper

My husband spent a good deal of last Tuesday evening, pacing around the hall, unable to watch the TV.  His stomach of nerves was surely replicated across many households in England.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Helping our kids learn through experiences in the forest and giveaway

Jane wearing her forest back pack

When I was younger, I didn't really see the point of a lot of things I learned at school.  Algebra and fractions were something I needed to know about in order to do my maths homework and science was mostly about trying not to get experiments wrong.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

SEND and SpectrumSunday 73

SEND & Spectrum Sunday 73

Good day SEND & Spectrum Sunday linkers and welcome back to the place you can share and find blog posts about autism, mental health, education and anything related to autism and SEND parenting. Sensory play, autism, disabilities, mental health (parents or kids), education and any related topics you want to write about can all be added and shared here.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Keeping our autistic kids cool and safe on warm nights

David stands behind a fan

The heat is on.. and so are the warm nights.  Small chat about the weather this week has consisted of the various ways people have been staying cool whilst trying to sleep.  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 with our kids.  So what can we do to help us survive the warm nights?

Friday, 22 June 2018

What happened during the England WorldCup game

England Flag

Here are a few examples of what I heard:
"He's not covering the post."

"Shhh."

"Hype... Popcorn"

"Cap, cover the perimeter"

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Organising space for my kids to do their homework


Having a place set for homework is really important to help our autistic and ADHD kids focus.  Some kids and young people need quiet blank rooms and others need the stimulation to focus. As always, go with what works for your kid.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Five simple overlooked expenses linked to having our autistic kids

Autistic boy sitting on grass

A quick search online will reveal a that there's plenty of expensive equipment that we could buy for our autistic boys. But the truth is that some of their autistic traits have some easily overlooked ways of costing money.
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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