Wednesday, 17 July 2019

When there is nothing to do but wait

Children by a clock waiting

I'm not good at waiting. I like short tasks and quick outputs if I'm honest about it.  Unfortunately there's a lot of waiting involved as a parent of a child with special educational needs.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

SEND and SpectrumSunday 85

It's hot - please come distract me with your SEND & autism posts with me here on our SEND and Spectrum Sunday linky.  Anything about autism, mental health, education and anything related to autism and special educational needs and disabilities parenting is welcome.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Mumma Games: ApexLegends, the basics vs Fortnite

MummaGames - Champion Apex Legends

Mumma Games is a post series to help kids like mine get the best out of gaming.  
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If you’re a gamer and not heard of Fortnite, then you’re not a gamer. Fortnite is one of the largest games played in the world. My son and I both play. It’s a battle Royale Game that is player versus player. 100 gamers are  dropped onto an island and the last one surviving wins.  Like Hunger Games gone mad. But you already know this right?

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Gear to help our autistic kids sleep

Anthony on his bed

None of our children sleep great. Estimates say between 50% and 90% of autistic people have some sleeping difficulties, whether that's going to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping at the wrong time. We've had it all and tried plenty of gear to help too.

Friday, 28 June 2019

SportsDay recount from my autistic son

Boy running

It's nearly the end of the summer term.  That means Sports Day, and Anthony hates Sports Day.  I'd have written 'hates' in all caps if my style guide would allow it. It is the worst day in every school year.  Last year he had a medical appointment that meant he couldn't be at school for the event.  As Anthony said, it was the 'best-timed appointment ever!'

Friday, 21 June 2019

Falling in love with our kids

Mother and baby

I'm not sure if I'd really thought about what it would be like being a parent. I remember being all gooey eyed when feeding our new nephew a bottle of milk and that was it.  It must have been some maternal instinct - I was pregnant within a month.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Helping our kids learn about time

Our autistic son monitoring his time

Telling the time is a skill that I take for granted. So much of our lives rely on being able to organise yourself, from getting to places on time, understanding how long things are going to take, and when you need to leave your house to get to there.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

My CarersWeek 2019

This week is Carers Week for 2019.  My week will 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 11 and David, age eight.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Taking our autistic kids to a wedding

Boy at wedding

Some friends of ours are getting married soon.  I'm so pleased for them.  Unfortunately we couldn't attend the wedding due to other commitments, but if we were going there's always the question... do we take the kids?  Some invites are pretty clear if kiddies are included, some couples have children of their own that are going too.  But weddings are big things and this can be challenging for autistic kids like ours.

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