Friday, 28 December 2018

Looking back at 2018 with our autistic and neurotypical family

Photos of our autistic and neurotypical family from our favourite posts

Another year passed and what has happened. Here I remind myself of the top posts and parts of our lives with our autistic and neurotypical family from the last twelve months.  I hope it's been a good year for you, here's ours.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Why George Michael's heart couldn't be sold on eBay

Box with hearts

Since last week Anthony has been singing a song he’s heard from other kids at school. On a walk the other day he blared out:
“Last Christmas, I gave you my heart,
But the very next day, you sold it on eBay.”

Friday, 21 December 2018

Four last minute gift ideas for autistic kids



If you've just left it a bit late for your kids or think you may be visiting some as a last minute arrangement here's some quick gift ideas we've grabbed that are still next day delivery or collections (at least at time of posting!)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Helping my autistic children communicate over Christmas


Christmas brings with it a change of routine, sensory explosions and a whole host of other things that can be overwhelming for any kids but particularly those with autism.  Perhaps more than other times, it's really important that I'm able to understand my kids, so I need to make it easy for them to communicate.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The pressure of inclusion in Christmas shows


Today was Jane's Christmas show. She's in Year 1 now and I've settled into a relaxed routine.  Jane beams with pride at every song, action and line. She waves at me when she thinks no one is looking.  Secretly I know she's eyeing up the lead rolls the Year 2 kids get.  It's a stark contrast to what I'm used to.   Jane's siblings are autistic and having kids with autism in a Christmas show is far more nerve wrecking.

Friday, 7 December 2018

How will we cope with an Elf on the Shelf


December came and so did a new comment from our youngest, Jane. “Sarah and Julian both have a magical Elf on the Shelf that talks to Father Christmas.” After a few days of  ‘Elf on the Shelf this..’ and ‘Elf on the Shelf that..’ it became apparent that what Jane was really after was an Elf of her own. She even made a video to Santa on my phone that I found late on Monday night. But Elf on the Shelf is a bit difficult in our house.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Guest Post: The importance of enjoying play via @theautismpage

Child playing with toys

Hi, my name is Jade and I am delighted to be able to guest post here. I found Rainbows are too Beautiful through its linky series #spectrumsunday. I really love the mix of activity posts, opinions and information shared.  It is great when you can really relate to a blog post and recent post from Rainbows are too Beautiful about restrictive diets and iPad use are certainly close to home for me.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 78

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Good day SEND & Spectrum Sunday linkers and welcome back to the place you can share and find blog posts about autism, mental health, education and anything related to autism and SEND parenting.  It's our last one before Christmas and the New Year so I hope you all have a great time.  Any posts on sensory play, autism, disabilities, mental health (parents or kids), education and anything else you want to write about, can all be added and shared here.

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