The autumn half term break has arrived - and I'm so glad its here. Its been a busy first term back looking at secondary school placements for son 3, college for son 1, new home ed curriculum for son 2 and making sure son 4 doesn't feel left out! But in all this busyness of life I seemed to have lost my sparkle, the reason for why I was working so hard... Life has been busy with 2 birthdays in the immediate family and 3 in the extended, plus our wedding anniversary (with more
As a family we've moved churches twice. I imagine families with typical children, would research and make sure they are happy with what the potential church has to offer and then just turn up on Sunday and expect to put their children into the kids work, if that is what they wanted for them. When you have children with additional needs - its just not that simple. We've moved twice with autistic children at different ages so thought I would share our experience. Wondering w
How to stay sane whilst parenting children with autism! Routines and visuals, how they helped to keep a calmer household and trained my children on what was expected. Personally, I hate having to do the same thing over and over again - I find it soul destroying and as feel as though I am being controlled. I prefer to have a set of tasks I can complete throughout the day in any order and add in spontaneity. However, this does not work for my children - at all, not one bit.
At the moment, it feels like financially everything is going wrong. It has just been one thing after another. Unexpected bills, trying to do the right thing only for it to fall back in our faces, trying to earn extra and it amounts to a lot of stress with little return. We have not been overspending but bills have come in higher or unexpected costs have appeared and then keep appearing. We are in the midst of this story and we don't yet know how it will end. It is temptin
Living with autistic children makes you look at the world differently and whilst some things are difficult to navigate, others brighten my day! Here's some of my top 5 happy autism moments with my children... 1. Literal Mum 'Please can you put this towel in the downstairs toilet?' Child 'okay' He takes towel and goes downstairs Expectation: towel to be somewhere in the bathroom, ideally hanging on towel rail Reality: Towel down the toilet, exactly as requested 2. A different
Perhaps you would think that after already having a son with Autism that diagnosis the second time round would be straight forward - or that surely after all we've been through it wouldn't happened again... Maybe after having experience of fighting for a specialist school place, that 2nd time round would be a doddle... It was not.. There had been a question mark over our second child - was he merely copying his autistic brothers behaviours? was this the affect of living with