Thursday, 29 September 2016
Books have always played a big role in our home. From helping our autistic boys access their imagination to immersing the all our children in words - books provide a source of education and fun for our family. We use basic books to label items to help increase vocabulary. One of the greatest opportunities is that of shared attention or activity. The joy and skill of doing something together and what better way to do that than with a snuggle book.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
I found my wonderful Wednesday share this week via Autism on our house Facebook page who published this image via Respectfully Connected. It's a quote from Meg Murray that highlights how, just like our kids are 'different, not less', so is our family.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
My kids see the world differently to me. Even Jane who currently doesn't seem to be on the autistic spectrum (won't rule it out though) is just three years old, so must see it differently too. I am always looking for new ways to gain an insight into the way they think, and now I have another one to try.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
After two days spent crawling from the bed to the toilet continuously and two more days laying limp on the sofa, I'm finally feeling a bit better. Honestly I've not been struck down by a bug like this in years. Now, on the road to recovery, I learned something I didn't expect about my son's difficulties.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Thursday, 15 September 2016
By tomorrow all three of my children will be in education. Jane will start half days at pre-school, David will be repeating his reception year and Anthony has just entered year 4. It has flown by. But of course having three kids in education as I've described actually means only one of them will be sat at a desk for most of the day.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
This week's wonderful Wednesday share is from Mad House Mum and is about when a parent feels uncomfortable at the school gates.
Monday, 12 September 2016
Will my actions matter? Will pretending to be a speech and language therapist everyday make a difference? And even lately, will this post, a letter to Tess Stimson, result in something more than just a few page views?
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
This week's wonderful Wednesday share is from Was This in the Plan? and is about Stephanie (a truly amazing woman) and Daisy (one of her four amazing children) taking part in a 5K run at the Olympic Park in East London.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
I spent more than a few minutes last year hanging around on street corners... with my kids. And mostly because of our son David, who has autism and a wonderful thing he's started to do.. on street corners.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
Dear Tess Stimson, and the people on the plane and in the restaurant,
I understand you had a recent bad experience when you were out because you were disturbed by a child making a lot of noise. You may have been having a difficult time and eventually snapped at the child. It emerged that the child was disabled and what ensued was a classic onslaught of verbal abuse from a mother defending her child. It's not uncommon.
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Ever wanted to tell the school your #SEN child attends something but been too busy with the paperwork to do it? Have a #SEND story of praise? What have you learned about what you want the school or LA to understand?