Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Making changes to technology for my kids

Boy in iPad

I don't shy away from the amount of time my kids spend with tech.  There's no doubt that David uses his iPad for far more than simply entertainment.  Anthony too learns from playing his computer games.  But I wondered, could these also be the basis for helping them develop skills they need for the future?  Or what could be done to help them take advantage of their comfort with tech?

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Helping my kids eat

Restricted diets.  Honestly, sometimes it can be depressing.  There's no medical reason why my boys can't eat things.  They are not allergic to anything (that I know of) and to most people it looks like I feed my kids the same food every day due to laziness. But it's not that.  I am in fact desperate to get them to eat a greater variety of foods.  If you are in the same boat, here's some of the ideas we have tried.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Four inclusive and supportive kids books

Kids inclusive reads

Through no fault of their own, many kids books miss out on the opportunity to be inclusive.  Many writers draw on their own experiences when writing and creating stories, so it's maybe not a surprise.  But I've found a few books that show inclusion in their stories and support kids in being themselves.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

How my autistic son talks about the trees as they lose their leaves

All the trees are dead - autism, facts and absolutes?

For the last month or so, Anthony has spent several journey's to school pointing out all the trees that are loosing their leaves.   "They are dying," he says. We have talked about the fact that it is more like the trees are going to sleep, but Anthony rejected this. To him the tree doesn't look any different by winter to when it looks when it is dead. Instead he thinks about it coming back to life in the spring. 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Autumn to Winter motor skills craft - making a Pine Cone Snowy Owl Family

Snowy pine cone owl family

Learn about the seasons, autumnal materials and animals by making our Pine Cone Snowy Owls  with this fun and easy craft that helps motor skills development too.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

SEND & SpectrumSunday 77

It's getting cold and I'm piling on the layers! However you are doing, 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. 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Understand blue light, our sleep cycles and how we sleep better

Understanding sleep - glasses and laptop on bed

I've just got a new pair of glasses. They are a bit special. Apart from being my first pair of transitions lenses, my new glasses have an extra added bonus that they help me fall a sleep better.  Confused? Well if I said they had blue light filters in them, some people might get a clue as to why. Understanding how we fall asleep and about our sleep cycles has helped our whole house sleep a bit better.

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