Wednesday, 16 August 2017

30 hours of free childcare may not be possible for autistic children like mine


When my eldest son, Anthony, turned three years old he received 15 hours of free childcare a week. This was really helpful and made it possible for me to continue working. When David turned three years old, he should have been entitled to the same amount. But that's not what happened. He got seven. David only got seven hours because he has autism - because he has additional needs. Looking back, I can't believe I let it happen.  And I wonder if this will be the same for children like mine when the government extend free childcare for some working famlies in a few weeks time.

Monday, 14 August 2017

MadeUpMilestones: Picnic blanket with @happylittlehugh

An amazing #madeupmilestone for Hugh

It's time for another #madeupmilestones guest post, where I get the privilege of sharing a special moment for someone.  And today, it's from Little Mama Murphy about a few seconds of magic as in on a picnic blanket and captured on camera.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Tips to take our autistic kids to dinner with @ArthurPrice1902

Kids eating out

It's not that we've never been out to dinner with our family before.  It's more that it tends to have been a last resort.  We are on holiday and think it's too much for David to simply live on the toast we can make in our holiday apartment for two weeks.  We have somehow run out of food on holiday.  Or some other bizarre reason.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

SEND and SpectrumSunday #54

SEND & Spectrum Sunday 54

Welcome back for Spectrum and SEND Sunday #54!  I hope this linky finds you coping ok with the break or even having a great time.  Whatever you are doing this summer, we are here to share it with you.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Camping with friends with mini sleeping bag craft

Camping holiday

Many kids including those with autism like to know what's going to happen with something new. This could be a new place, new experience or even new people.  Some of our kids friends are going camping for the holidays.  Jane has even asked if maybe her friend can camp over.   This would be a big thing and I'm not sure we are quite there yet.  But we have been doing things recently to prepare the kids for a camping holiday and this easy motor-skills craft activity gets kids set for the idea of sleeping in a sleeping bag.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Parents with autistic kids need the right support

Our autistic son, at the playground

Becoming a parent can be easy for some, more difficult for others. Being a parent can be the same. Some take to it like a fish to water and for others it can be a daily struggle.  What must be really difficult is when your child’s autistic behaviour is misunderstood and as a result you are considered a bad parent.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WonderfulWednesday: SEND30DayChallenge via @mumsmissions


This month's wonderful Wednesday share isn't really a single post I found online.  It's a series I've found, all thanks to this idea of a Special Needs Bloggers 30 Day Challenge from Mum On A Mission.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Helping siblings with different abilities play together - Crouching Tigers

Jane playing crouching tigers and hiding

Sometimes it's difficult for the kids to play together - what am I talking about, a lot of the time it's difficult.  The holidays are upon us and this means less school mates and resorting to playing with siblings.  Two of our boys are autistic.  David is pre-verbal and thinks like a child half his age and Anthony also has ADHD.  Jane on the other hand is highly social and imaginative and desperate to play with her brothers.  This means we need to help them play and recently this means adapting games.  So we've created Crouching Tigers to help them play together.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Medal craft activity for the World @ParaAthletics Championship

Jane and Advid running - Medal Craft activity for the Para Athletics

Helping kids understand or engage with sports events can sometimes be a challenge whether they have autism or not.  As the World Para Athletics Championships are in full swing, why not engage them with a fun medals activity.  This craft activity we did at Me Too & Co has some great ways for developing motor skills and can celebrate your own achievements or games.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Our favourite online educational resources for the holidays - @clevertykes and more


Anthony really struggles with homework.  David is only interested in what he is interested in when he's interested in it and Jane is interested in learning about everything! Over the last school year we've found being able to access ideas for homework or about topics at a level my kids get and understand has been really helpful.  And we are heading for the holidays and summer projects.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

What SEND families find most difficult about the holidays

Anthony on holiday

In some ways, this is maybe one of the saddest posts I've written.  Generally I wouldn't put myself into the 'sad' or 'angry' blogger categories.  I definitely share how I feel and how *I think* my boys and family feel about things that happen. But I'm not sure they are really sad posts. When I asked some SEND families what they found difficult about the holidays I wasn't expecting half hearted remarks but I didn't expect to feel so down hearted after reading them.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sleeping in a sauna - tips to keep our family cool on hot nights

Sleeping in red sheets

Ahhh.. the British and our heatwaves.  We do love to complain about a lack of summer and then melt and moan when the temperature rises above 30 degrees.  Mostly I hear moaning about the nights. Windows have been opened and fans have been on in an effort to shift some of the slightly cooler air through the homes in our part of London.  But not in our house - it's just not safe.
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