Monday, 13 August 2018

Why my son still takes his ADHD medication during school holidays

Anthony on holiday

When Anthony was seven years old we asked for him to assessed for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) because despite all the help he was getting he could not settle or concentrate in class. Six months later he started a controlled stimulant drug to help him concentrate at school. Three years later he has it all the time... even in the school holidays.  Here's why.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Paper plate rock pool holiday activity

Rock pool motor skills learning craft activity

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.   All the kids have fun and to either prepare or to revisit this, we had fun making our own 'rock pool' with this fun motor skills learning craft activity.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 74

SEND & Spectrum Sunday for autism and SEND posts

Summer is here!  I'd love you to come share your SEND & autism summer 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 SEND parenting. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Holiday books - for the kids


Summer.  Are you lounging by the pool with a good book?  Are your kids?  No?  Well don't worry if they are. While I may be loving my copy of Talking Autism: Parenting Your Unique Child, many people read in the holidays to escape. And this can be the case for kids too.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Capturing photos of our kids

Photo by Claire Ansell

It's the end of the school year.  The obligatory school photograph has been ordered.  But honestly our kids never look great in them.  The staging of photos is not something that works well with either of our autistic boys and as they are growing I'm aware that if we are going to record their history in photographic evidence, we can't rely on posed shots at school or necessarily on holiday either.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Can you guess the correct meaning of these words? A vocab lesson from my moony son

Moon showing the afternoon

Anthony makes great observations. His latest one made me smile. He looked up at the afternoon sky and said "I can see the moon - in the day! It is very bright, yes, it's very moony this afternoon."

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.
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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