I have three able-bodied kids and they all use the disabled toilets whenever we are out. Despite being eight and nearly six years old respectively, both my son's have autism and have to be monitored when using the toilet. It would be difficult for us to go out without disabled toilets.
Monday, 31 October 2016
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Saturday, 29 October 2016
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Explaining to someone who doesn't have much knowledge about autism about the impact of a change of schedule on my son is very difficult. When I worked, I used to do lots of events, and one of the parts of this I enjoyed was I always seemed to be able to get over hurdles and unexpected issues well. I had a sort of practical knack not only for what we could do to fix things but also what was important and needed to fixed.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
This week's wonderful Wednesday share is a quote shard by the Purple Clover facebook page. We are always on the look out for autism friendly services or autism kind places. Often though I think that our kids with autism, in fact the whole family would have more successes if people were just kind more. Sympathetic, instead of judgemental. Or caring instead of defensive.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
All parents get tired and may find they no longer have the time to themselves they used to have. Whether you are a parent or parent-carer of a child with additional needs, one of the easy things to disappear is how you used to take care of yourself. Now, kids come first, then everything else, then often mummy's needs are met last. But I can't afford to fall apart and need easy things to help me stay healthy and happy. So here's a few easy healthy habits I picked up when offered to try Pure Chimp Super Tea.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Usually my wonderful Wednesday post is a day I take a break and share an inspirational (hence wonderful) post, meme, TV show, advert etc that I've seen online over the last week. It's covered all sorts but I've found each of them wonderful enough to share and you can see them all here. In a way this week is the same but a bit different. My share is about The BAPS Blog Awards.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
OK, so I admit it. I was online, possibly tweeting and definitely not doing anything with the enormous pile of laundry that has taken over the utility room. My alarm had gone off to let me know it's nearly time to go and get the kids from their various schools but I knew I had one snooze before I really had to leave.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
This is a lovely activity that develops motor skills and promotes understanding on what's happening in nature at this time of year.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
This week's wonderful Wednesday share comes from Kate at A Less Refined Mind and is about her encounter with an autistic child at a sensory centre.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
The hilarity of our mealtimes is something to behold, reminiscent of feeding time at the zoo. My kids eating habits are so different and so without even including my hubby and I in the dinner rota, I seem to be required to concoct three meals at most sittings. It's not all the kids 'faults' that they are fussy eaters, but there is little denying their differences.
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Jane's level of imagination is astonishing to me. Her pre-school teacher says she's the 'role play queen' at nursery. Having had two autistic boys who both still struggle to use their imagination, it's been great to expose them to her play. In this kind of way, Jane's play is the marvel and breath of fresh air when it comes to games in the home... sometimes.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
There is no doubt this is going to be an emotive subject. If we could choose to rule out disabilities in our children, is that something we want to be able to do?
Not everyone chooses to have children. Some people are desperate and have difficulty, some like me get them first time round and some others have no plans for kids and get them anyway. But not many will have sat down and thought, I know, what I've always wanted in my life and what would make it complete would be if we could have an autistic child. Or a child who was blind, had Down's Syndrome or an extreme pain disorder? What if you could choose not to have a disabled child?