Thursday, 30 August 2018

Helping an autistic child when someone dies


My Papa, the kids' Great Papa, was buried yesterday.    It hurts, but death is part of the process of our and our children's lives.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Keeping our autistic kids safe outside in the sun

Keeping our autistic kids cool - a girl holding parasol

Many kids with autism have challenges with their sensory system. Their brains are wired a bit differently and this means they interpret the world around them differently too. This can sometimes make it a bit more complicated when keeping them safe outside in the sun. But we've learned a few things as they've been growing that help us.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Four things to do near Sherwood Pines Forest with my autistic kids

Our autistic boys in Sherwood Pines Forest

Travelling can sometimes be a bit challenging for our autistic kids.  It involves changes in routine, unfamiliar places and people which can be confusing. But they still greatly benefit from time away and days out.  We've recently been to Sherwood Pines Forest in Nottinghamshire and here's some of the things we got up to that you could try.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Why my son still takes his ADHD medication during school holidays

Anthony on holiday

When Anthony was seven years old we asked for him to assessed for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) because despite all the help he was getting he could not settle or concentrate in class. Six months later he started a controlled stimulant drug to help him concentrate at school. Three years later he has it all the time... even in the school holidays.  Here's why.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Paper plate rock pool holiday activity

Rock pool motor skills learning craft activity

Although the beach can be a challenge for us - it can also be great.  Quieter beaches are better and these can often be rocky.  So we use what we have and have spent many summers up at my parents place on the North Coast of Scotland, stomping around the rocks finding creatures in the shallow waters.   All the kids have fun and to either prepare or to revisit this, we had fun making our own 'rock pool' with this fun motor skills learning craft activity.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 74

SEND & Spectrum Sunday for autism and SEND posts

Summer is here!  I'd love you to come share your SEND & autism summer posts with me here on our SEND and Spectrum Sunday linky - the place you can share and find blog posts about autism, mental health, education and anything related to autism and SEND parenting. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Holiday books - for the kids


Summer.  Are you lounging by the pool with a good book?  Are your kids?  No?  Well don't worry if they are. While I may be loving my copy of Talking Autism: Parenting Your Unique Child, many people read in the holidays to escape. And this can be the case for kids too.

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