Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Some people are aware that individuals with autism can be sensitive to loud noises so might be confused by our son Anthony. Although better at school, in most environments Anthony himself is extremely loud. He seems to operate at maximum volume all the time, and whilst this might be a bit annoying, it also makes it difficult to tell when Anthony is distressed or needs help because when he shouts for it, he's not actually any louder than normal.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Hot on the heels of the recent Sesame Street's reveal of their first autistic Muppet, is the re-boot of the Power Rangers Movie. And you've guessed it, one of the Power Rangers is autistic.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
There's no doubt that the cold and rainy weather makes it harder to get out with the kids. Even if it's not actually raining - everything is sopping wet. But we've found it's always worth it. And our new wellington boots from Term, have made it that bit easier. And with our discount code, they can make it easier for you too!
Thursday, 16 March 2017
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 Miriam at Faith Mummy and is about a moment of bravery in assembly.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
This week's wonderful news piece came via The SEND Parents Handbook facebook page, who highlighted one of articles about Mélanie Ségard, a young women who used social media to help propel herself onto television in France on the 27th of March. According to the Telegraph, Mélanie said that as someone with Down’s Syndrome, it’s a dream she never thought would be possible.
Monday, 13 March 2017
Busy Mum? I don't know one that isn't. Maybe you are a new mum with a baby that seems to need feeding all night or are a working mum who is doing an amazing job juggling everything. Maybe you just have no choice but to burn the candle at both ends, as my mum used to say. Grown ups need their sleep just as much as the kids but are often under more time pressure - so how best to get the best sleep when we get the chance?
Thursday, 9 March 2017
When Anthony turned three years old he got 15 hours of free childcare a week. Fantastic. When David turned three years old, he should have been entitled to the same amount. But that's not what he got. He got seven. David only got seven hours because he has autism, because he has additional needs. Looking back, I can't believe I let it happen.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
I never really thought of myself as a pushy parent. Too diplomatic. I simply explained facts and made it obvious that I had weighed all the options carefully and this was the best, or only conclusion. But sometimes and for some people this isn't enough.
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
I'm not sure if I'd really thought about what it would be like being a parent. I remember being all gooey eyed when feeding our new nephew a bottle of milk and that was it. Must have been some maternal instinct - I was pregnant within a month. But it wasn't all easy or what I thought it would be after that.
Sunday, 5 March 2017
Friday, 3 March 2017
I don't know a parent that doesn't wonder if they are doing enough. Am I a good enough mum? Should I be doing more? Sometimes even, what should I be doing? There are pictures splattered all over the social media of perfect looking families and happy children. It's going to be fab photos of kids in their World Book Day costumes not photos of a child crying their eyes out because mum forgot to check parent mail and they've turned up in school uniform.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Unless you or a member of your family have a rare disease, I don't imagine you know what's it's like. I don't. Our kids have some conditions, none of them diseases, and none of them rare. Autism diagnoses are at an all time high and the waiting times for many are too long. We have support through various condition related groups and charities. I help at a local charity for disabled children and their families and we had a parent come in with a toddler who had a very rare condition.