Friday, 22 June 2018

What happens during the England WorldCup game

England Flag

Here are a few examples of what I hear:
"He's not covering the post."

"Shhh."

"Cap, cover the perimeter"

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

How an idea from Forest Bathing helps us with our worries


I'll be honest, when it was suggested I try out Forest Bathing I pictured a hidden geothermal lagoon. There are a few in the UK and although the physical health benefits of geothermal water are relatively well known, the Forest Bathing I took part in was much more about mental and overall well being that didn’t just apply to me, but also to my kids.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Organising space for my kids to do their homework


Having a place set for homework is really important to help our autistic and ADHD kids focus.  Some kids and young people need quiet blank rooms and others need the stimulation to focus. As always, go with what works for your kid.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Five simple overlooked expenses linked to having our autistic kids

Autistic boy sitting on grass

A quick search online will reveal a that there's plenty of expensive equipment that we could buy for our autistic boys. But the truth is that some of their autistic traits have some easily overlooked ways of costing money.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The value of volunteers @metooandco


This week, a smaller but extremely important South West London charity was awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).  I couldn't be more pleased.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday #72

SEND and SpectrumSunday linky badge 72

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 Autism, SEND parenting. Sensory play, autism, disabilities, mental health (parents or kids), education and any related topics you want to write about are all welcome!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

My autistic son is loving his lists


Lists.  We all use them at some point.  They help us organise our thoughts or remind us about tasks.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The intuition of additional needs siblings

Autistic David on a slide

Sometimes I'm amazed by my kids.  Anthony's acceptance of himself as a child who is autistic and has a diagnosis of ADHD; David's ability to find happiness in the smallest of moments.  Then there is the times I'm brought to tears by an interaction I never thought possible; the first time my two boys actually communicated and spoke to one another.  It was just a word.  It was brilliant.   Most of the time I'm very aware that I need to be around for these things to happen.  How could Anthony and David cope without me?  Of course, I should know better.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

CherishedCharity: Make a Wish via @motherhoodreal

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.  This month it's from Talya who writes at Motherhood: The Real Deal

Thursday, 17 May 2018

My mega help guide for looking after our autistic kids hair

Boy with wet hair

I'm a proud mama.  All my kids have gorgeous locks of beautiful multi-tonal auburn, blonde and brown hair.  They are gorgeous.  But given two of them have autism and with that a large range of sensory needs. I'm happy to share some of the things that have worked for us in the dealing with their hair; brushing, washing, cutting and helping them with pesky nits.
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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