To HCP or not to HCP…

I met with Tom's high school SENCO (special needs co-ordinator) yesterday to discuss his gradual transition into the "HCP" special needs unit at the school. The more I see of it and the more I talk to the staff there, the more I believe this is the best future for Thomas academically. As much as... Continue Reading →

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Special Places: Sensory World

Introducing a new feature reporting on people and organisations providing services for autistic people. In our inaugural article today we are featuring Sensory World Play Centre in Dewsbury. Linda Holmes is a woman on a mission. Linda is the sole proprietor and manager of Sensory World Play Centre, a multi sensory play centre for children... Continue Reading →

Science, Scouts and Selfies

Hello again my lovelies. This has been quite a month and I have left you all hanging for far too long. I am so sorry! It's the same old story - so much life, so many exciting projects and somehow a month went by. If you're part of my Facebook Group then you'll see that there's been regular... Continue Reading →

#Autism_Is

Happy Sunday. I hope this weekend finds you well. Once again it's a grey, rainy, cool day where I am. Spring just can't seem to get started! To brighten up your day, and to reflect the blog's new name, I thought I'd introduce a new series: #autism_is, discussing different aspects of autism. I'm going to... Continue Reading →

Change Is the Only Constant

According to Heraclitus of Ephesus (c500 BE), life is flux, everything changes and "no man ever steps in the same river twice" (Wikipedia page). I can attest it is certainly true for this family. During the annual review of Tom's educational needs provision I was offered a slight possibility that he could move into the... Continue Reading →

Happy Mother’s Day

It's Mother's Day here in the UK. Now that Thomas has moved up from primary school he didn't make a card this year. I rather missed the glittery, tissue papery, coloured-outside-the-lines, half-illegible offering. Another sign of the passing away of his younger years. Ah, nostalgia. As he has not yet progressed to going out on... Continue Reading →

W2.8: Lego Therapy Study

Today we did the science. A research assistant came to our house to interview us for the "baseline" research. Tom proudly completed his questionnaire and then stayed to watch me complete my much longer and more detailed questionnaire. There was quite a lot of climbing on the sofa and restlessness as the parent questionnaire went... Continue Reading →

W2.7: Dirt Magnet

My son is a dirt magnet. Perhaps he has dyspraxia because he can't eat without covering himself in food or pour a drink without spilling it, or walk without finding a puddle of mud to splash onto his trousers and shoes, or run without slipping and falling into mud. When he brushes his teeth he... Continue Reading →

W2.6: Science, B*tch!

Thomas has been accepted into a two year study into the benefits of Lego® Therapy. He stands a fifty percent chance of receiving the therapy; the other fifty percent will be a control group that only fills out the questionnaires at the beginning of the process. He received a round of Lego Therapy last year in primary... Continue Reading →

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