Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Helping our kids cope with their feelings after someone dies

Parent hugging child on a beach at sunset

It’s been a few months now since my Papa died. I thought I saw him the other day. It wasn't him obviously, it was another elderly gentlemen, sat in the driver’s seat of a car similar to his and pulled into a disabled parking bay, as I guess he would have been.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Why my autistic son spends hours playing on his iPad

My autistic son playing on his iPad

A few weeks ago I watched a feature on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on kids and devices. The feature was highlighting that half of three to four year olds have their own phone or tablet.  I think if I told some people how long my son can play or should I say, is allowed to play, on his iPad I'd get strange looks. I know if I told people he spent hours everyday on it I'd be judged.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

When our autistic son is sick

Thankfully our kids aren't often ill. Looking after little ones when they are a bit poorly is typical mother work and it's not that different when they are on the autistic spectrum, it's just sometimes a bit come complicated.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Slime, goo and wet sensory play

Sensory play was something I’d never heard of before I had kids with autism. My boys brains don’t just interpret people differently, but the world around them. Their brains literally feel things differently to me and this can sometimes mean they love doing some activities or hate doing them.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 76

School's are back and autumn is on it's way!  However it is going, I'd love you to come share your SEND & autism 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 special educational needs and disabilities parenting. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Supporting independence in the morning routine

Mornings in our home are a sort of regimented chaos.  Three kids who all require some form of supervision, two schools to get to and all their gear. Although my kids may seem old enough to be doing a lot of the morning routine themselves, they have a few challenges

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