Wednesday, 17 October 2018

When our autistic son is sick


Thankfully our kids aren't often ill. Looking after little ones when they are a bit poorly is typical mother work and it's not that different when they are on the autistic spectrum, it's just sometimes a bit come complicated.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Slime, goo and wet sensory play



Sensory play was something I’d never heard of before I had kids with autism. My boys brains don’t just interpret people differently, but the world around them. Their brains literally feel things differently to me and this can sometimes mean they love doing some activities or hate doing them.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 76


School's are back and autumn is on it's way!  However it is going, I'd love you to come share your SEND & autism 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 special educational needs and disabilities parenting. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Supporting independence in the morning routine


Mornings in our home are a sort of regimented chaos.  Three kids who all require some form of supervision, two schools to get to and all their gear. Although my kids may seem old enough to be doing a lot of the morning routine themselves, they have a few challenges

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Three books for parents of newly diagnosed autistic kids

My Best Autism Parenting Books Recommendations

I was pretty sure that our eldest was autistic before he was diagnosed. But it was still an odd feeling to hear it confirmed.  The paediatrician seemed to be expecting tears or questions and it made me feel nervous - it made the diagnosis feel like an occasion.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

14 weeks till Christmas: The challenges of my ADHD son using his learned knowledge


Anthony is great at his times tables. He learned them by rote. A very popular learning method for many. Sometimes it takes a moment as he rattles through them in his head, but he always gets them right.  So if he knows it's 14 weeks until Christmas, why can't he tell me how many days it is?

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

What Roald Dahl reveals to my autistic son

Autistic Boy reading Roald Dahl

I remember reading both the Magic Finger and Fantastic Mr Fox at school.  Honestly I couldn't remember much about the stories except that I was pretty sure they involved some magic.  So I'm not surprised that Anthony has also been reading, or at least listening to these books at school too.  But I am surprised that he learned so much from Roald Dahl himself.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Helping my son to focus on what he is doing


There is sometimes a misconception that kids with ADHD can't focus on anything.  With our lad at least, this isn't always the case. Anthony can actually super focus on some things of his choosing. Often his biggest challenge is being able to focus on the task at hand, on what he should be doing especially if it's something he's not interested in.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Thinking about melatonin?


Sleep has been fairly absent in our past.  Our beautiful kids have a variety of challenges and autism and ADHD are among them.  This has resulted in poor sleep for most of the family for most of the time.  A few years ago, David started on melatonin.  It was not an easy decision to make or an easy prescription to get and in the end didn't work for us.  But if you are thinking about helping you or someone you love get to sleep so they can wake up to a good morning, here's some information on it for you.

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