Monday, 19 February 2018

When medication costs

Autistic boy leans on a swing in a cold playground - when medication costs

No one wants to have to medicate their child. No one wants to medicate their child if they could do something else.  And certainly no one wants to use medication on their child that doesn't work well especially if it's because it's cheap.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Kids Dragon's Fire Breath craft activity for ChineseNewYear

Jane holds her dragon breath cup and plays at being a Chinese dragon

Jane did this great activity making her own 'dragon fire breadth' for Chinese New Year. This is a super motor skills development activity for kids at any stage looking develop them.  It works on fine and bilateral motor skills with drawing, gluing and sticking.  Then kids use their imagination to be dragons.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

To our kids, for Valentines Day

Kids holding hands on valentines day

It's nearly valentines day. But you may be surprised to know that spouses and lovers receive are not the most popular recipients of valentines day cards. Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards and this is followed closely by children, then mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.  Having had three crushes on teacher's I can see why, and now as mum to three, the love I have for my precious bundles is huge - and as much for all may kids, additional needs and not.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Six ways to help my fussy eaters

David plays with his iPad while trying a flapjack - ideas to help my fussy eaters

Restricted diets.  Honestly, sometimes it can be depressing.  There's no medical reason why my boys can't eat things.  They are not allergic to anything (that I know of) and to most people it looks like I feed my kids the same food every day due to laziness. But it's not that.  I am in fact desperate to get them to eat a greater variety of foods.  If you are in the same boat, here's some of the ideas we have tried.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

What am I teaching my kids about happiness?

What am I teaching my kids about happiness - Jane at the gate

A report just released by Barnardo’s last week, found that school causes nearly two thirds of children to suffer from stress. A third of pupils are unhappy at home with a quarter are concerned about their weight. Sad isn't it.  Only two days ago I was writing about poor mental health in parents and now I'm writing about it again.  But maybe, that's the point.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Moving up in education for my autistic kids

Boy in library

We are in the midst of school visits.  Anthony will soon be leaving primary school and heading to secondary school.  Through school, as a child with autism and ADHD, Anthony has had some support to help him.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Time to Talk with parents of additional needs kids about mental health

Father and son walk along a path with dark clouds overhead

What's it like to bring up a child with additional needs?  It can be wonderful, amazing and full of things I never thought possible. But it can also be very tiring and stressful, and for many it can have a serious impact on their mental health.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Top five tips for helping autistic kids in wet weather with giveaway

Boy in a coat in a park with a grey sky over head - Top five tips for helping autistic kids in wet weather

We used to think Anthony didn't like rainbows because rainbows in the sky meant it was raining. Anthony used to hate the rain.  He said it hurt his face and he'd do anything to be out of it.  He used to be scared of getting out of the car if it was wet outside.  Now though we do much better and part of that is down to him learning about it and getting some things to help him in the wet.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday #66

SEND and SpectrumSunday linky badge

Welcome to our next SEND & Spectrum Sunday linky, where you can link-up and find blog posts about autism, mental health, education and anything related to SEND and SEND kids. Sensory play, autism, disabilities, mental health (parents or kids), education and any other related topics are all welcome!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

How Youtube and Minecraft helped my autistic son with conceptual thinking

A Minecraft character with a sword, part of the game which helps autistic Anthony develop his conceptual thinking.

Anthony has the type of autism and ADHD that's often not noticed until it's too late.  Anthony speaks, has good eye contact and understands a lot of what's going on around him.  He's on some medication for his ADHD which means that although he moves about and doesn't always pay attention, he's not bouncing off the walls.   But he still struggles in many areas like other kids with the same conditions.
What is Autism?
It's so much I couldn't possibly try and explain. For us it's wonderful and heart-breaking. Joyous and truthful. But as far as diagnosis is concerned, why not have a look at the National Autistic Society for their definition of Autism.
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