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…

Ways to Use Visual Communication with Children…

Visual communication is a great way to engage children who have difficulty with a range of scenarios. This may be listening skills, understanding, regulating emotions/behaviour and those who have not yet learnt to/are not able to read. In our family having visual communications has been a huge support with the issues caused by J’s diagnosis…

Living Arrows 18/53: Fun at the Fair…

This week the fun fair has been in town. I have gone every year since I lived here and my experience has gone through many phases. It started as a child exploring the rides and running around with friends, then a teenager where it was having boys dare each other to go on the scary…

Spring Has Sprung…fun home learning activities for preschoolers.

Despite the rain we have had all the signs that Spring is here. The buds are popping up, birds are chirping, lambs race around the fields. Now it’s time for us to get outside and explore a different aspect of nature. There are so many experiences for new language, life cycles to explore and ways…

Moving On…saying goodbye.

Today is a rather bittersweet day. It’s exciting in that it shows how far J has come in a relatively short period of time but it’s sad to say goodbye to someone who has been such a big part of our lives for a lot of J’s life! This morning I went to J’s speech…

A Morning in the Life of Autism…

It’s 6.30am and I’ve woken up. I look at my gro-clock and can see it’s still blue. This means I can’t get up yet. I shout to tell Mummy I’m awake and need a wee. She tells me to go to the toilet. That makes sense so off I go. I do this by myself….

J’s Journey: a quick update.

It’s felt a while since I did an update so thought I’d let you all know what’s been going on with J lately. So, J was diagnosed with Autism in October. That feels a life time ago now but really we’re still at the beginning of the journey. Speech therapy J is still being seen…

Encouraging Mark-Making: a parents guide…

Writing and drawing is an area where children are often put under a lot of pressure. They have to hold a pen a certain way, write in a certain formation, remember finger spaces, grammar, spelling. Everything has to have a meaning. Even in the English Early Years framework there is a large emphasis on writing…

Phonics: a guide for preschool parents…

Phonics is something that often splits opinions. Some love it, some hate it. Some believe phonics has no place in early years, whereas others believe it is essential for pre-reading skills. For many, phonics is simply a word used by their child’s provider but parents don’t always understand what it means. Basically put, phonics is…

It’s Easy Being Green…

The world is changing. Both materially and ecologically. There’s so much more packaging, cars, use of gas and electric and all the other nasties which can affect our planet. I am by no means on eco-warrior. However I do try and make changes where I can. We already buy fruit loose rather than use bags….