Friday, 27 March 2020

Our TV viewers have turned to Twitch during the coronavirus lockdown

Watching computer games or streaming

Formula One means so much to my son, it's hard to describe.  When he heard that the Formula One races had been cancelled due to the Coronavirus he honestly cried for an hour, under his covers, telling people to go away and leave him alone.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Dealing with the stress of being stuck at home

The latest government advice recommends a minimum of three weeks of social distancing and self-isolation to tackle the Coronavirus COVID-19 spread. Many families have had to change how they operate - and in a home like ours where routine is king, it can make us stressed and anxious. 

Thursday, 19 March 2020

When you have a restricted diet and there is panic buying

Initially it seemed like I just had kids who were fussy eaters.  Anthony stuck with the same brand and flavour of baby food for way longer than most kids ate baby food. We tried plenty, I really wanted to make my own baby mush.. but Anthony would have none of it.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Online educational resources for kids at home

We have the real prospect of being at home.  Over the last school year we've found being able to access ideas for homework or about topics at a level my kids get and understand has been really helpful and we will no doubt be using them a lot over the next while.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Ways to stay connected with your partner when raising SEN kids

As parents of kids with additional needs, life can put a lot of pressure on relationships. We all have to deal with stresses and strains in our daily lives, however, when these get built up over a considerable amount of time, they can end up causing lasting damage to our relationships and to those that we love.

Friday, 6 March 2020

How do I help my pre-verbal autistic child during this coronavirus outbreak?

Child sneezing

Just a few days ago I wrote a post about how I talk to my young children about the coronavirus COVID-19 and how do I keep them safe?  It's sparked a few responses particularly as, like myself, many of our readers have children with autism, comorbid conditions or other disabilities. For many children, it's about being honest and talking to them at their level.  But how do you help a child who might not understand what's going on never mind what to do about it?

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

How do I talk to my young children about the Coronavirus COVID-19 and keep them safe?

"Jane have you heard of the Coronavirus?  Do you know anything about it?"

Jane immediately stopped what she was doing.  She came over to me and looked focussed. "Do you mean COVID-19?  That's it's proper name."  It was obvious she was being very serious and knew something about it. So I asked, "What do you know?  Do you want to know anything else about it?"

"I need to stop it spreading."

Sunday, 1 March 2020

SEND and SpectrumSunday #92

Half term is over - whatever you have been up to I'd love to hear about it here on our linky post on anything about autism, mental health, education, special educational needs and disabilities and associated topics.  

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