Thursday, 31 January 2019

Four fabulous Valentine's gifts for an Autism mum

Gift selection for an autism mum

It's February and so Valentine's Day draws near.  But you may be surprised to know that spouses and lovers are not the most popular recipients of Valentine's Day cards. Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards and this is followed closely by children, then mothers, wives, sweethearts and finally pets (presumably from other pets I don't know?). 

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Preparing our autistic kids for snow

It's nearly the end of January, and as our eldest proclaims "It might snow soon."  Like many autistic kids, Anthony thinks mostly in black and white, but the weather isn't always compliant.  Over the years he's come to realise that snow in our country is more rare than where his cousin lives in the USA and he confirms that his best chance of having some is late January.  So as snow is a rarity, and my autistic kids fear the unknown, how can I help my kids get ready for it? 

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Eight ways to help keep our sensory kids clean

Duck in bubbles

My kids have autism, but many kids struggle with teeth cleaning and bathing.  Here I've got some ideas to help with everything from disliking toothpaste to struggles like getting upset because the kids have got water on their face.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Planning for a family holiday with autistic kids

Children with autism are all different and come with their own personalities and abilities. But there are some traits that they will share, such as thriving on routine, as most children do. Set schedules can be what helps them, so the thought of sending them off on holiday can be stressful as it is putting them in a situation completely out of their comfort zone.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The quick trick on your iPhone that could save your or your family's life in an emergency


Today celebrates the 30th Birthday of one of my supported charities (London's Air Ambulance).  Doing what needs to be done as quickly as possible makes all the difference in an emergency.  But did you know there is a trick on your iPhone that could support emergency services if something ever happened to you or your family?  It takes less than 5 minutes to set up, could save your life and is called Medical ID.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

SEND and SpectrumSunday Linky 79

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Good day SEND & Spectrum Sunday linkers and Happy New Year. welcome back to the place you can share and find blog posts about autism, mental health, education and anything autism related.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

J.R.R. Tolkien and our ADHD son

I love the Hobbit.  First time I read it I was nine years old.  It inspired most of my reading.  I loved many things about it. The battle of good and evil, the adventure, the underdog finding themselves.  Anthony turned 10 last year and he's no where near reading such a book.  When he watched Lord of the Rings over Christmas, I understood a bit more about why.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Make a Pearl of Wisdom for the New Year 2019

Pearl of Wisdom craft

Too many messages can be confusing for many kids.  Especially ones like some of mine with autism and ADHD, or just when they are younger, like Jane, thinking of many things can be challenging. We tried this fun kids craft, highlighting a 'pearl of wisdom' or a special thing for the kids to remember for 2019, a bit like a New Years resolution for kids. 

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