Autism: Buying new shoes…

Well the time has come where I can no longer let J continue wearing his maroon ankle boots. His feet are just too big. J often has a favourite. He is the same with shoes. When given free choice they are the shoes he goes for…sometimes he ‘favourite’ (which does change time to time) just…

Our 1 Year ‘Autism Anniversary’…then and now.

Today is a very special anniversary. It was one year today that J received his formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I can’t quite believe that a year has gone past already. The gap between starting to assessment process and getting our diagnosis was torture. I don’t mean to sound dramatic but the ‘limbo’ you…

Halloween Activities for Children Under 5

Well it’s October already. The trees are changing colours, the heating is on and the shops are full of scary masks and fake blood. This must mean that Halloween is around the corner. Gone are the days when Halloween was just one evening where you dressed in a sheet or bin bag and knocked on…

Autumn Adventures: Things to do with my preschooler.

It is officially Autumn now. In all honesty it’s felt like Autumn for a couple of weeks now as the weather has certainly turned. I am definitely more of a sun lover, however every Autumn since becoming a parent I have found more and more fun things to do and explore. Here’s some of the…

5 Lego Activities to Amuse Children when Travelling…

We are off to Legoland this week and are very excited about it. However, it does mean a long journey and a stay in a hotel with a 3 year old. So I searched for some ‘connecting blocks’ (in our case for use with lego) themed activities on the Twinkl website… 1. Duplo Mix and…

A Parents Guide to Autism: Why is YouTube so appealing?

I’m on many, many Autism based forums and websites. I find it helpful to chat to other parents, hear things from the perspective of autistic adults and just to read that we’re not alone in all this. One of the topics discussed quite frequently is YOUTUBE. There’s questions ranging from ‘how long should I let…

Simple science activity for under 5’s…oranges and lemons

Science, and exploring in general are fantastic opportunities for children. They can support so many different learning experiences and really encourage thinking skills. I recently wrote about ‘STEM’ in early years (you can find the post here if interested) and this is definitely a great STEM activity. How this started… Today we popped for a…

J’s Journey Update: autism and beyond…

It’s a beautiful sunny day. Daddy and J are busy playing Star Wars on the climbing frame so I have a rare moment of peace (except for the sounds of explosions behind me). I thought now would be a good time to reflect on everything that’s gone on lately, and changes that are happening. Speech…

Life with Autism: Having a Haircut

It is the time I dread…the haircut. J has really thick hair that just grows so fast. He also has a double crown so ends up looking like a cockerel. J does not like his hair being cut. He doesn’t even like it being touched, unless it’s on his terms. I tend to leave it…

Review: Stonham Barns Soft Play (Suffolk)

Today we went off to explore a new soft play centre. I have been wanting to visit Stonham Barns for ages. We only had time to visit the soft play today but Stonham Barns has so much. It’s like it’s own little village. The centre itself was easy to find and had a secure entry…