Monday, 14 October 2019

How working with computers is good for our kids

Boy on computer

We've never shied away from using technology in our home and computers can be great for our kids. Sometimes it feels like the media is telling me I'm a bad parent for the use of computers and devices in our home.  But screen time on computers and devices are good for our kids and I'm happy to share just some of the reasons why.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Choosing a mainstream secondary school for a child with SEN

Boy looking over a wall

When your child has special educational needs (SEN) it feels like there is an even greater weight to getting the right school for them. Many children with SEN can attend regular mainstream primary and secondary schools and have their needs met well there. Both our boys have an ASD diagnosis but only one went to a mainstream primary school.  When it came to his secondary transfer what would I share about choosing a mainstream school secondary school for a child with special educational needs?

Sunday, 6 October 2019

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The weather has turned and so have things is our home. Different schools, new work and sleeping arrangements.  Whatever you have been up to in the world of SEND and / or autism I'd love to hear about it here on our linky for anything about autism, mental health, education, special educational needs and disabilities and associated topics.  

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Helping my autistic kids as the weather gets wet

David in his raincoat

The rain was so heavy today we had mini floods on the way back from school.  Not so long ago this would have caused at least one of the kids to have a meltdown.  But it's not quite so bad now that they understand what's going on and we've got things to help them stay dry.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Mumma Games: ApexLegends, the basics vs Fortnite

MummaGames - Champion Apex Legends

Mumma Games includes posts to help kids like mine get the best out of gaming and technology.  
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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, 24 September 2019

Why autism-friendly events are important

Anthony walks near a complex

Going out with my kids is usually a little challenging, but we are getting better at it.  It's not so long ago that the idea of going out on my own with our three kids meant I'd stay inside instead.  After all the kids are fine in the house and it's only later they struggle after being in all day.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Helping my autistic kids to become organised

Anthony struggles to remember, imagine of him beside a statue of an elephant in a garden

My kids struggle with organisation.  It's a challenge for many kids and can especially difficult for those like our son, Anthony, with autism and ADHD or other special educational needs.  Whilst it's easy to get into the routine of doing everything for them, helping them build independence is equally important.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

For the first time in his life, he didn’t cry about going back to school

Anthony's last day at a mainstream primary school.

My son Anthony is now 11 years old.  He has been going to school for seven years.  After each holiday he cried several times a day, several days before his first day back at school.  Let's just say half of Christmas was miserable for him.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

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Summer is over.  Our eldest is starting a new school.  It's the first time he's OK with going to school after the summer holidays because of it. I hope it works for him - I really really do. 

Thanks for all those who joined me over the summer with up to three posts! Anything about autism, mental health, education and anything related to autism and special educational needs and disabilities parenting is as always welcome.  

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