Thursday, 19 January 2017

A sleep clinic with a small autistic boy

Boy with autism going to a sleep clinic

An estimated 50-90% of autistic people have difficulties with sleep and our six year old son, David, is one of them. After trying everything including no blue light, weighted blankets and a year on melatonin, we were referred for a sleep study at Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas & Guys Hospital in London.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

WonderfulWednesday: ADHD is not the fault of me @jodiemarieeaton

This week's wonderful Wednesday share is from Jodie who writes at Autism with Lots of Love and Affection  and is about the difficulties in getting and having an ADHD diagnosis accepted. It was published on the Huffington Post.

A wonderful weekend, finding peace in the forest (@forestholidays)

Anthony at Thorpe Forest

There are a few times when I honestly feel at peace outside our own home.  When the world of worries disappears just enough to let me see the delights that surrounds us. When I'm not worried about or relying on my thick skin to push aside the way the world that so often feels like an ill fit for our family.  But on our last weekend away, I, we, found some peace.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Having fun motor skills practice making penguin cupcakes

Having fun motor skills practice making penguin cupcakes

"There hasn't been much snow!" Jane moaned.  With all the Christmas films and cards having snow everywhere it's hardly surprising she and the other kids have been disappointed with the lack of white stuff.  A few flakes over the weekend went down well so I tried to capitalise on it by making penguin cupcakes using a recipe kit.  Kit's are great for as as they give instant access to baking and that's good when your autistic boys either get upset when waiting or will lose interest in an activity before it's begun. And we can talk about where it does snow and some penguin facts too.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Madeupmilestones: The party with @2ndtimemama

madeupmilestones picture

I'm proud of so many of my kids achievements.  My boys often don't hit the same milestones as listed in the 'little red book' milestone chart and I've learned that creating our own milestone charts celebrating their own achievements is more valuable to me.  This series celebrates the #madeupmilestones of those we care about. This month it's from Mummy Times Two who shares a milestone about a birthday party.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WonderfulWednesday: My son communicates with @googlemaps via @gwynnemiriam

Boy uses his google maps to communicate

This week's wonderful Wednesday share comes to us via Autism Speaks and is an article from Miriam Gwynne who writes at Faith Mummy. She shares a wonderful moment when she realised her son was using google maps to communicate.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

To the parents who thought my child was a genius

Love in a coffee shop - to the couple who thought my son was a genius

Picture the scene.  You are pregnant and with your partner, enjoying a (caffeine free) Latte in your favourite coffee shop.  As you perch on your bar stool and think about sitting on something a bit softer, you look over to see three kids and two adults sat on a set of comfy leather sofas and smile.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Spectrum and SEND Sunday #40

Hello, Happy New Year and welcome back to Spectrum and SEND Sunday #40, the place to share your autism, special educational needs and disabilities posts. Whatever stage of diagnosis or life you are at.. you are welcome here.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Baubles & Babbles: Aiming High

Welcome to my last Baubles and Babbles, my Christmas series that were little notes on helping my family communicate over the Christmas holidays. Before we head back to school, this last post is about setting expectations for the New Year.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Our best moments from 2016

Instagram round up

As always our lives have been filled with the unexpected and 2016 was no different. Our beautiful, wonderful and unique children have grown and our family have both tired and flourished. Along with my favourite Instagram photos (above) I'm sharing my top five best moments from the blog this year here, in reverse order.
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