Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A birthday party when you have autistic siblings, and giveaway @giraffebounce


It's not unusual for autistic kids to miss out on the whole birthday party scene.  Even the loudest and little five year old can feel overwhelmed with the new chaos and general attack on the senses that is a kids birthday party.   But that doesn't mean they should miss out, especially when it's their siblings birthday.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Why I'm still hanging around on street corners (with my autistic son)

Boy with autism copying letters on street sign

I spent more than a few minutes in the last few years hanging around on street corners. And all because it's one of the places our son David, who is autistic, engages with written words. 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

How to prepare kids with autism to move home

Keys with a 'keep smiling' key chain

We've just had new neighbours move in next door.  They are a young family and it's fair to say the move in took a long time.  We moved here just before Jane's first birthday.  In fact we were lucky to have sun on her birthday so we could have her party in the garden as the house was still in turmoil. Looking back the boys did really well with it all.   All kids can find change difficult, but with two autistic kids, what did we do to help them with this massive alteration to life as they knew it?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Cherished Charity: Happy Mail via @MyLittlePreemie

Heart drawn with crayon

This week I'm continuing my latest blogging series called Cherished Charities. I was at a local Mayor's event when someone from another charity said, "No one has really heard of us unless they need us, it's so hard to raise funds."  So I thought I'd create a small opportunity for people to share the charities important to them here.  And I this week it's from Becca who writes at My Little Preemie

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Helping our ADHD son focus on his homework

Boy on computer

It may be the Easter break but that doesn't mean learning stops.  There's all the everyday learning when you go to the park and do activities at home of course.  And then there's also homework that's got to be done too.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Sometimes things are too much, or too beautiful for my autistic son

Girl singing

Our kids find the holidays quite difficult. Anthony in particular struggles and says "I don't know what I can do.." quite a lot. It's not for most kids who get bored, it's because he struggles to focus and make decisions. It's part of having autism and ADHD.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

When my child with autism does..

Autistic boy walking

It can be so easy to make snap judgements on behaviour.  It's not on purpose, but we are often programmed by our own experiences and up bringing.  Sometimes things aren't what they seem. Some behaviours associated with autism are often noticed as naughty, strange or annoying because it's not easy to understand why they are happening.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Diet ideas for increasing dopamine or serotonin

Child eating cheese

When Anthony was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a few years ago the health service sent us a list of things to help him.  Problem was, we were doing almost all of it already which meant the only remaining support for his ADHD was via medication. I wondered how the medication worked and if there was anything we could do instead via his diet?  I also wondered if by understanding this, it might apply to people with depression or sleep difficulties.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

My top five autism awareness posts

Autistic and neurotypical kids at the aquarium

It's World Autism Awareness Week next week.  Along with millions of people worldwide, I am, always, hopeful that the week will help highlight what autism is and is not and how fabulous people with autism (like two of my kids) are and also how challenging life can be for them and those who care for them sometimes.   The hope is that awareness leads to acceptance - that's the real goal. So here's my top five autism awareness posts from my blog.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

SEND and SpectrumSunday #70 - WAAW

SEND & Spectrum Sunday

Welcome back for Spectrum and SEND Sunday #70!  This week kicks off World Autism Awareness Week, but we've also had a few other awareness days recently.  Whether autism or any other special educational needs, disabilities, or mental health posts, come share them here. 
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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