Thursday, 22 September 2016

4 days being sick - is this what it's like?

After two days spent crawling from the bed to the toilet continuously and two more days laying limp on the sofa, I'm finally feeling a bit better.  Honestly I've not been struck down by a bug like this in years.  Now, on the road to recovery, I learned something I didn't expect about my son's difficulties.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Learning through play - how do you play chess?

By tomorrow all three of my children will be in education. Jane will start half days at pre-school, David will be repeating his reception year and Anthony has just entered year 4. It has flown by.  But of course having three kids in education as I've described actually means only one of them will be sat at a desk for most of the day.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

WonderfulWednesday: Intimidation in the playground

This week's wonderful Wednesday share is from Mad House Mum and is about when a parent feels uncomfortable at the school gates.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Will it matter or make a difference?

boy with autism and girl sitting on a bench

Will my actions matter? Will pretending to be a speech and language therapist everyday make a difference? And even lately, will this post, a letter to Tess Stimson, result in something more than just a few page views?

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

WonderfulWednesday: A medal for Daisy, thanks to Parallel London

inclusive event sights at Olympic park

This week's wonderful Wednesday share is from Was This in the Plan? and is about Stephanie (a truly amazing woman) and Daisy (one of her four amazing children) taking part in a 5K run at the Olympic Park in East London.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Why I don't mind hanging around on street corners (with my son who has autism)

Boy with autism copying letters on street sign

I spent more than a few minutes this summer hanging around on street corners... with my kids.  And mostly because of our son David, who has autism and a wonderful thing he's started to do.. on street corners.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Spectrum and SEND Sunday #32

Spectrum and SEND Sunday #32 graphic

Hello, and welcome to Spectrum and SEND Sunday #32,  the place to share your autism, special educational needs and disabilities posts. If you are new to linkies, you can look at my guide on what they are and what to do to join the #SpectrumSunday linky in a bit more detail.  If you are unsure about all this adding badges and commenting malarkey then have a look here for further explanations.

Friday, 2 September 2016

An apology to Tess Stimson, the people on the plane and in the restaurant

apology letter from mum of autistic child

Dear Tess Stimson, and the people on the plane and in the restaurant,

I understand you had a recent bad experience when you were out because you were disturbed by a child making a lot of noise.  You may have been having a difficult time and eventually snapped at the child.  It emerged that the child was disabled and what ensued was a classic onslaught of verbal abuse from a mother defending her child. It's not uncommon. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

What would you ask of the school your SEND child attends?

Ever wanted to tell the school your #SEN child attends something but been too busy with the paperwork to do it?  Have a #SEND story of praise? What have you learned about what you want the school or LA to understand?

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