Friday, 27 July 2018

Capturing photos of our kids

Photo by Claire Ansell

It's the end of the school year.  The obligatory school photograph has been ordered.  But honestly our kids never look great in them.  The staging of photos is not something that works well with either of our autistic boys and as they are growing I'm aware that if we are going to record their history in photographic evidence, we can't rely on posed shots at school or necessarily on holiday either.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Can you guess the correct meaning of these words? A vocab lesson from my moony son

Moon showing the afternoon

Anthony makes great observations. His latest one made me smile. He looked up at the afternoon sky and said "I can see the moon - in the day! It is very bright, yes, it's very moony this afternoon."

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The wait for an autism diagnosis

Children by clock face

Imagine your child reaches three years and still doesn't say a word. They don't point to anything, comment or smile. They sit and repeat patterns of play over and over again and get upset if they are disturbed.   You have some suspicions and after chatting with a health visitor you think... may be my child is autistic?

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Dear Fortnite, please bring back Playground Mode

Play Fortnite

Dear Fortnite,

Please bring back Playground Mode in the next update - it makes the game accessible for my autistic son.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

When Sports Day is little to do with sport

Boy with trainers balancing

I loved Sport's Day when I was in Primary School.  Why?  Because in many ways it was one of the few places I fitted in.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Helping our kids learn through forest breaks

Jane wearing her forest back pack

When I was younger, I didn't really see the point of a lot of things I learned at school.  Algebra and fractions were something I needed to know about in order to do my maths homework and science was mostly about trying not to get experiments wrong.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

An amazing England penalty shootout for our autistic son

Anthony goalkeeper

My husband spent a good deal of the evening, pacing around the hall, unable to watch the TV.  His stomach of nerves was surely replicated across many households in England.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

SEND and SpectrumSunday 73

SEND & Spectrum Sunday 73

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