Saturday, 31 March 2018

SEND and SpectrumSunday #70 - WAAW

SEND & Spectrum Sunday

Welcome back for Spectrum and SEND Sunday #70!  This week was World Autism Awareness Week, but we've also had a few other awareness days recently.  Whether autism or any other special educational needs, disabilities, or mental health posts, come share them here. 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

When my child with autism does..

Autistic boy walking

It can be so easy to make snap judgements on behaviour.  It's not on purpose, but we are often programmed by our own experiences and up bringing.  Sometimes things aren't what they seem. Some behaviours associated with autism are often noticed as naughty, strange or annoying because it's not easy to understand why they are happening.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Diet ideas for increasing dopamine or serotonin

Child eating cheese

When Anthony was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a few years ago the health service sent us a list of things to help him.  Problem was, we were doing almost all of it already which meant the only remaining support for his ADHD was via medication. I wondered how the medication worked and if there was anything we could do instead via his diet?  I also wondered if by understanding this, it might apply to people with depression or sleep difficulties.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

My top five autism awareness posts

Autistic and neurotypical kids at the aquarium

It's World Autism Awareness Week next week.  Along with millions of people worldwide, I am, always, hopeful that the week will help highlight what autism is and is not and how fabulous people with autism (like two of my kids) are and also how challenging life can be for them and those who care for them sometimes.   The hope is that awareness leads to acceptance - that's the real goal. So here's my top five autism awareness posts from my blog.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

It's World Down Syndrome Day - what's with the socks?

Odd socks for Down's Syndrome Day

Today, many people will have been wearing odd socks for World Down Syndrome Day.  But what's it got to do with socks?

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Burrowing bunny Easter cupcakes learning activity

Burrowing bunny cupcake motor skills activity

There's always plenty of food involved in Easter.  The kids love the Easter egg hunt in the garden and then there are the hundreds of hot cross buns consumed (one of Anthony's favourite snacks that are not available all year round).  This year we're making super easy burrowing bunny cupcakes that will help with their spatial reasoning, motor skills development and include Oreos as a special treat.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The benefits of a few autism friendly events

Autistic boy at a playgym

Going out with my kids is usually a little challenging, but we are getting better at it.  It's not so long along that the idea of going out on my own with our three kids meant I'd stay inside instead.  After all the kids are fine in the house and it's only later they struggle after being in all day.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The memory functions of my 10 year old autistic lad with ADHD

Autistic boy sitting on a step and thinking

"I can't find my shoes, where are they, where are they?" screams Anthony as he races through the house. Anthony needs to be reminded to put his shoes in the hall when he takes them off. He can never remember where else they might be and has huge difficulty actually seeing them even when in plain sight. It's like directing a blind folded person to an object on the floor sometimes.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

When you find out your child has got upset at school

Sad boy

When I dropped Jane at school on Monday, her older brother's teaching assistant was waiting at the door.  Anthony has autism and ADHD and has a learning support assistant (LSA)  or teaching assistant (TA) help him at school.  At first I thought he must have forgotten something, but then it was obvious that his TA was checking in because he'd got really upset a few days before.  It doesn't matter if your child has additional needs or not - no one wants to hear their child has been upset.

Monday, 5 March 2018

The first time one son spoke to the other

Back of two autistic boys on a hill

David had his birthday recently.  He turned seven years old.  But unlike most other seven year olds he didn't say 'thank you' for his gifts or talk endlessly to his Nana & Papa on the phone about his big day. That's because David is autistic and what we describe as pre-verbal.  Basically put, David doesn't really talk.
What is Autism?
It's so much I couldn't possibly try and explain. For us it's wonderful and heart-breaking. Joyous and truthful. But as far as diagnosis is concerned, why not have a look at the National Autistic Society for their definition of Autism.
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