Using a sensory tent to support better sleep…

J has never been a great sleeper. He never slept through as a baby, or a toddler or a preschooler. However we had a routine and bedroom environment going that was minimizing issues. Although J would wake ups he had visuals that reminded him not to get up and to go back to sleep or…

Days Out: Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth

Today we went to the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth. J has been watching YouTube videos of various sea life centres and was eager to see some Rays. The centre was easy to find and there was easy parking nearby (no parking onsite). A big plus is that it’s right by the beach so…

How to cope with a difficult eater…

Food and eating has always been a challenge for us. It started as a baby with allergies and the stress of finding the right formula, and then got worse at 18 months when he just stopped wanting to eat all together. Now he’s 4 and his social and sensory needs play a huge part in…

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…

What Is It Like To Visit Legoland With An Autistic Child?

In August 2018 we visited Legoland Windsor as our family holiday. My little boy, J is autistic. Going on days out and over night stays are stressful but we love to do them as they are such great experiences. J loves Lego. We spent a lot of time watching the various Lego movies and Tv…

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…

Days Out for under £20: Planet Laser (Suffolk)

Today was the first proper rainy day we’ve had all summer. It was definitely an ‘indoor day’. Soft play was out of the question as it would be rammed and frankly I didn’t want to pay a fortune. Swimming was the same. So we went to J’s favourite place…Planet Laser. The reason I love Planet…

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…