Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thank you little girls


Performance has always been difficult for Anthony. The pressure of a spectacle, the potential of failure and the large number of people are a lot to cope with. We've always been very proud of Anthony's effort to participate in his class performances but I've noted that it's not only his increased ability to cope with summer concerts and plays that gives me hope for his future. It's the actions of the other children too.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

MadeUpMilestones: 'Bye Bye' with @kaiden_laverty

Small boy

We have finally been able to enjoy some good weather - and there's more good news!  It's also time for this month's #madeupmilestones series when we celebrate the achievements special to us and our kids.  This month it's Kaiden and a lovely step for his son, Joshua when leaving nursery.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

My CarersWeek 2017


It's nearing the end of Carers Week 2017.  My week has been 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 9 and David, age 6.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Wacky weather tree motor skills learning activity

Weather Station

We've had a rather wacky few weeks.  And this had included the weather.  We've had cloudy days, sunny days, wet days and even night time thunder storms.  If this is causing conversation in your house like it is on ours, then turn it into a fun motor skills learning activity with a weather tree craft.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

SEND & SpectrumSunday #50


Welcome back for Spectrum and SEND Sunday #50, the place where sharing autism, special educational needs and disabilities, and mental health posts is the thing to do.  In the spirit of keeping calm and carrying on, our linky is open but there's no denying it's been a shocking few weeks. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The good things about our schools


Cuts, restructuring, costs, staffing, SATS. And this doesn't even get me started on special educational needs and disabilities.  There seems to be plenty to be concerned about, and rightly so - our schools are vital, our kids education important. As Parliament seems to be fighting over what should be done with our schools I asked some online to tell me what they thought their kids schools did well - what was happening in their schools now that they wanted to celebrate? Here's what some fellow bloggers said.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Why it's ok for my autistic son to be playing Minecraft on a sunny day

Why it's ok for my autistic son to be playing Minecraft on a sunny day - Anthony plays on Minecraft Story Mode

It's half term.  The internet is full of photos of kids in paddling pools, at the beach and having picnics. But in our home, you are just as likely to see my kids playing apps and computer games as you are seeing them outside.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Dare I think about my autistic son's future?

Dare I think about my autistic son's future? David looks through a fence

We are thinking that our son may need a different school.  I imagine all parents consider how to get their kids the best education, whether that's your nearest school, one of your local maintained schools, an independent school, home schooling or something else.  Our boys have additional needs and we consider their education just as important as we do for our daughter.  We want them all to have the best opportunities now so they still have the best opportunities in the future.  But sometimes, that future is blurry, unknown, perhaps even unexpected.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Seeing things from another point of view with AniMalcolm

Anthony reading the AniMalcolm novel

Sometimes it's not easy to think about others.  It's easy to think about ourselves. And that's the most natural thing to do.  Evolution has mostly meant looking out for one's safety and we even develop by first thinking about ourselves in what seems like a selfish fashion.  Young children need to be taught to share because the part of their mind that allows them to think about others is still developing.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The importance of our south-west London autism diagnosis

Two boys on a hill

It appears we are some of the lucky ones. We live in south-west London and our boys were both diagnosed with ASD by the time they were four years old.  They have both received appropriate support from services, organisations and in their different school settings.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Motor skills and imagination development using stamp sets from Magic Fairy Wings

Jane making pictures with stamps

It's not uncommon for some kids to have delayed fine and gross motor skills.  When you find things like doing up buttons, picking up objects and holding a pencil difficult this can have an impact on lots of other development areas.  Both our autistic kids find it difficult to hold a pencil making things like writing and drawing hard.  

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Forest phonics fun

Jane spelled using sticks on the grass

I can't really believe Jane will be starting school in September. But there is no doubt she is ready for it. Perhaps having two older brothers has encouraged her but there is no doubt she is a girl that enjoys learning.  In a way she is always being taught to.  Her brother, David, is autistic and pre-verbal so we spend time shaping sounds and now looking at letters.  When Jane and I were walking around Bushy Park this week, she found a 'stick letter'.  And then had fun looking for letters and sounds as an impromtu activity that you can try too.
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