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The Gift of Sandpaper

Ladies and Gentleman, we have CAMHS. Yes, you heard me right… WE. HAVE. CAMHS. Some of you will be looking askance, wondering, not for...

I hadn't realised...

I hadn’t realised that tonight is a big deal. I hadn’t worked out that it was the end of a decade, that it was supposed to be a time of...

Pants

Back in the bad old days, when communication was limited and meltdowns were frequent, getting to school at all, let alone on time, could...

Room Rules

So, we are in. Well, half in. Well actually probably not even that far in but we are getting there. This house move has been pure hell...

Twelve Prickly Strangers

None of us wanted to be there, especially me; ‘If this is a bloody support group, I’m off’. Twelve prickly strangers, corralled together...

Ten. Purple. Hippo.

Once upon a time there was a Little Lad of two and a half years, who didn’t speak. His Mummy wasn’t worried because she knew that it was...

Three Frosties

Here we go again. Another birthday, another school change. A pending house move, the end of term. The changes keep coming and your...

Escapade

‘OH MUMMY!’, his beautiful face lit up with excitement. Ear defenders on, eyes shut, leaning towards me and throwing his arms around my...

Parent Toolkit

Dear Friend, You are setting off on a new voyage with your child and you may feel frightened, lost and alone. I want you to know that...

Glory

Ah yes, World Autism Awareness Day.  The Boy and I haven’t discussed it today – he’s up to his eyeballs in exams and probably won’t see...

Museum

In our previous home it was almost impossible to get my children out of the house at weekends.  They wanted to hibernate and if they were...

Socks

We’ve had a breakthrough.  Over a year and a half after giving up wearing school shoes and about 2 years since a sock graced her feet, my...

Meltdown

I am shattered.  This afternoon I witnessed a horrendous meltdown and, for the first time in as long as I can remember, it didn’t happen...

Morning

First day of double school run.  Second day of No.1 child’s new school, first day of No.2 child’s new school.  Parent must be calm,...

Inclusion - Part 2 - One down...

Yesterday I made the 200 mile round trip to visit two schools for my daughter – the same two schools that I had been told had ‘raised...

Inclusion

So, we are moving.  Both children require a school place for September.  I have done my homework.  I have sat in front of a map and have...

Supermarket

It had been raining for days.  There were only a few places that we could visit without a meltdown and all but one of those was outside....