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…

How Do You Encourage Speech in Young Children?

One of my favourite memories of motherhood was the first time my son called me “mama”. I had looked forward to it for so long and was beginning to wonder if I’d ever hear it. Whilst my friends were posting the precious milestone as early as 9 months, but mostly around a year old, I…

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…

What I want our professionals to know…

A couple of Fridays ago we met J’s new speech therapist. I was anxious because we had worked with J’s previous therapist since just before his second birthday. Meeting someone new who didn’t know me or J’s history was daunting. As I sat in the waiting room I was thinking about all the professionals we…

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…