Friday, 30 December 2016
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Today's baubles and babbles post is about modelling communication. David's default communication method is Makaton. But that means it's my default when talking to him and sometimes when talking to the other kids too. If he's going to use his Makaton he has to know how. I wouldn't expect Jane our two year old to speak if I never spoke to her - same for David and his signing.
Friday, 23 December 2016
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
This week's wonderful Wednesday share is from my #SpectrumSunday co-host, Danielle at Someone's Mum. She's written this really helpful post about helping autistic children during Christmas.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Construction play can be great for so many areas of kids development. From motor skills to communication, imagination and care. Both our boys love models but don't have the skills, patience or understanding really to do most model kits. So I was interested when given the opportunity to review some new kits from AirFix that require no glue, paint etc, just putting easy to put together models - introducing the AirFix Quick Build Lamborghini and Hawk.
Monday, 19 December 2016
It's a fine line between enabling our autistic kids to enjoy different things and not making a change that causes stress and anxiety. This year we didn't put up the fake tree we've had since we first had the kids over nine years ago. Instead I had a heart-breaking and the heart-warming experience that came with getting our first real Christmas Tree.
Friday, 16 December 2016
It seems like I'm always on the go. When you've three kids at different schools and the myriad of appointments that comes with additional needs, there seems little time for anything. Sometimes I think, can I just have five to...put away clothes...go the the loo...sort out the other kids.... anything! So when I was contacted by 5 Minute Fun who asked me to try out an activity on their site, I thought it would be a good idea. Plus, I like evaluating activities for their potential to help my kids.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Monday, 12 December 2016
A year ago I wrote about how autism was like a courtesy car. How my life didn't seem to fit into a different smaller vehicle. How I struggled to operate the controls and how it didn't drive the way I expected. This year I went to the same garage, got another different courtesy car and had a whole new realisation about how far we've come.
Thursday, 8 December 2016
I used to think some of the parents collecting their kids from the school were insane. They'd be stood chatting away with a selection of small children milling and running around them. What are they doing? The road is right there, I thought.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Ah, I do feel like I've fallen into a hole sometimes, more often than I'd like actually. That's why this week's wonderful Wednesday share is the above that I found via Special Parents Handbook on Facebook.
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
David wasn't in last year's Christmas show. I didn't think twice about it. This year I got a call to say, he could be in the Christmas sing along. I'd like to say it went well. But all I can say right now is I'm watching tears drip into my Costa coffee.
Monday, 5 December 2016
At the end of November I gave a keynote speech to Special Education Needs and Disabilities professionals in London. Here I'm sharing exerts from the speech on what do we as SEND parents want? Today, I share part of the setting I gave in my speech.. being a SEND parent. I'd love your comments on what you'd share about being a parent.
Friday, 2 December 2016
I'm proud of so many of my kids achievements. My boys often don't hit the same milestones as listed in the 'little red book' milestone chart and I've learned that creating our own milestone charts celebrating their own achievements is more valuable to me. This series celebrates the #madeupmilestones of those we care about. This month it's from Upside Mum who shares a moment at a school show, something many of us may face at this time of year.