Thursday, 28 July 2016

Share your #madeupmilestones


We may not all travel the same path or at the same speed but we are all on a journey. Be proud and share your #madeupmilestones with me.   I was inspired by Toni who writes at Gym Bunny Mummy, and her emotional piece about her son missing milestones. Her story is a common one and one we have definitely experienced.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WonderfulWednesday: Caring for plants to teach being gentle

Wonderful Wednesday autism image

This week's wonderful Wednesday share is from Yogarden on Instagram and is about caring for plants.  Now I'm not a plant person, or a yoga person actually and I'm not even in Instagram, but I saw a tweet that said "...help children learn to be gentle" and I clicked.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Mini festival for summer

Flags for our autims friendly mini festival

Finally it's the weather for it. Big festivals are currently not something we could consider going to, so we took advantage and enjoyed a little autism friendly mini festival in our own garden.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Prepping for camping with Sleeping Bag craft activity (wetalkmakaton)


Many kids including those with autism like to know what's going to happen when they go away somewhere.  We have been doing things recently to prepare the kids for a camping holiday and this easy craft activity gets kids set for the idea of sleeping in a sleeping bag.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

WonderfulWednesday: Academy students win prize for helping autistic friend


This week's wonderful Wednesday share comes from the Richmond and Twickenham Times and is about a group of three kids at secondary school who have taken it upon themselves to help their friend with autism at school.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Yay for the holidays?

Autitsic boy on ferry boat

Holiday. "An extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling."

Leave. Recess. Time off from work (yeah right).

Thursday, 14 July 2016

It took five years for my son to kiss me on the lips and I'm not stopping him now


That's right.  Until David was five years old, we didn't kiss on the mouth.  And now he's five and a half years old and we do .. I have absolutely no intention of stopping him.

Despite having a partner who works in the media I came across this rather bizarre 'news' story in The Telegraph about Victoria Beckham kissing her daughter on the lips via other bloggers supporting her actions.  Nothing bizarre about that in my opinion.. the really daft bit is that somehow it seems to have upset people?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

#WonderfulWednesday: The letter praising a student with autism after tests


This week's wonderful Wednesday share is about a letter that a teacher sends to her student with autism that praises him for all the qualities not tested for in the SATS.  I came across it on Scope's facebook page via the The Guardian.  It was originally shared by the students mother, Gail Twist, but has been picked up by lots of outlets including The Mighty site

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Investigations to relax about insects

Autistic boy spots caterpillar

Insects and bugs. I'm not the biggest fan of watching a magnified creepy crawly on the television.  But on the understanding that they are pretty useful for the planet, I don't have an issue with them too much.

Anthony quite likes ants.. why wouldn't he?  As a boy with autism he likes routines, lines, purpose.  Ants have all of these.

Monday, 11 July 2016

The difficulties of sleeping alone

Autistic child is still awake as moon rises

When my partner is out or away I'm not very good at going to bed. The children tend to go to bed a bit later.  I have a bizarre dinner like cereal, or baked beans with cheese on them - if I haven't already eaten with the kids at their meal time. I watch movies - more than one.  And I got to bed very late... when I'm tired so when I get into bed I fall straight asleep.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Our five year old autistic son was the first to mourn our dog passing


Autistic boy mourns dog

It's nearly two months to the day since our beautiful Beagle, Benj (Benjamin), passed away.

He was past ten years old and had been having tummy problems for a few years.  He was on a special diet but was still sick every now and again. We think he may have eaten something when he was out as he suddenly got very sick and collapsed on the stairs.  We took him to the vets.  Little did I know that it would be the last time anyone in the family saw him.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

#WonderfulWednesday: Labelling children's behaviour

How to think of your chils actions poem

This week's wonderful Wednesday share starts with a facebook post from Dinky and Me and was inspired by this image from Aspergers Experts. The image shows a statement that fits with a 'don't judge a book by it's cover' type scenario. Don't start by assuming kids are behaving badly.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Autism Parenting: Probably the best 'view' in the world

View of autistic children on a beach

Can you think of the best 'view' in the world?  I bet it's not the same as mine.

I've been fortunate enough to see beautiful sunsets over electric blue seas and sparkling snow covered mountains but I've never had a view as precious as the one I had one evening last week. 
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