Monday, 11 November 2019

Even his phone fell silent

Anthony walks in Scotland

Our eleven year old son with ASD is always on maximum volume. His whole being is set up to move about and make noise. He is constantly balancing his sensory system and it's just part of ADHD to move around constantly even on his meds. His diagnoses means he also has difficulty focussing, listening to instructions and remaining on task. But on Remembrance Sunday this year he once again was completely silent - and even put down his mobile phone.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Using mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help our kids to sleep - book giveaway

Girl asleep in bed

Sleep is extremely precious in our household. Estimates say between 50% and 90% of autistic people have some sleeping difficulties, whether that's falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping at the wrong time. Two out of our three kids are autistic and have a variety of associated challenges, including sleeping difficulties.  One of our kids has even been to the sleep neurology team at Evelina's Children's hospital to try and help.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

SEND and SpectrumSunday 88


Half term is finally over.  Whatever you have been up to in the world of SEND and / or autism I'd love to hear about it here on our linky for anything about autism, mental health, education, special educational needs and disabilities and associated topics.  

Monday, 28 October 2019

Time to get out the winter school uniforms

Girl with coat and back pack

It seems like the kids have only been back at school for a few weeks but it's already approaching half-term.  The routines we've just settled into will stop again.  Then it's just a week off.  It'll get even darker and colder and when they go back the kids will be in their winter uniforms.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

It's going to take more than a 'golden ticket' to fund our kids education


An article recently published in The Times has received much backlash for suggesting that parents of children with high-needs SEND are taking resources away from the rest of the school population.  The article quoted a Head Teacher who suggested that EHCP's (the legal document stating the needs of and provisions required for a child with SEND) were seen as a 'golden ticket'. 

Monday, 14 October 2019

How working with computers is good for our kids

Boy on computer

We've never shied away from using technology in our home and computers can be great for our kids. Sometimes it feels like the media is telling me I'm a bad parent for the use of computers and devices in our home.  But screen time on computers and devices are good for our kids and I'm happy to share just some of the reasons why.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Choosing a mainstream secondary school for a child with SEN

Boy looking over a wall

When your child has special educational needs (SEN) it feels like there is an even greater weight to getting the right school for them. Many children with SEN can attend regular mainstream primary and secondary schools and have their needs met well there. Both our boys have an ASD diagnosis but only one went to a mainstream primary school.  When it came to his secondary transfer what would I share about choosing a mainstream school secondary school for a child with special educational needs?

Sunday, 6 October 2019

SEND & SpectrumSunday 87


The weather has turned and so have things is our home. Different schools, new work and sleeping arrangements.  Whatever you have been up to in the world of SEND and / or autism I'd love to hear about it here on our linky for anything about autism, mental health, education, special educational needs and disabilities and associated topics.  

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Helping my autistic kids as the weather gets wet

David in his raincoat

The rain was so heavy today we had mini floods on the way back from school.  Not so long ago this would have caused at least one of the kids to have a meltdown.  But it's not quite so bad now that they understand what's going on and we've got things to help them stay dry.

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