Our Favourite Easter and Spring Activities for Kids…

Spring time is one of my favourite times of year. We have the return of sunshine, baby animals being born and colour returning to the garden. For children the best part of spring is usually opportunity to be back outside more, and the joy of Easter chocolate. It’s an exciting time for some fun activities…

Encouraging play skills through book themed activities

We are definitely a book family in this household. Between myself, J and my husband our house has a lot of books in every room. J has a ‘book nook’ upstairs and a book shelf downstairs, as well as books in his bag and the car! He reads everything from rhyming books to classic kids…

Keeping children safe: Should children keep secrets?

Today J asked me to keep something a secret. It was only something little and silly but I told him no. Not because I’m mean or want to gossip but because secrets can be dangerous. In today’s social media driven world, children have access to chat boards, messenger services, sharing photos and ability to cause…

A Visit to the Moon…exploring space with under 5’s.

J has a fascination with space thanks to his love of Star Wars. It started as just an interest in the Star Wars planets but it then began to bring in our own universe too. He started to want to know about Earth, the moon, our planets etc. We’ve been spending time exploring our world…

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…

Announcing Pregnancy to our Autistic Son…

In August 2018 I got those two little lines that either fill a woman with excitement or fear…or in my case both. We had been trying for a sibling for J for almost 2 years and in 2017 I suffered a devastating miscarriage. So when I fell pregnant this time I was so happy to…

Gingerbread Biscuits: Baking with an autistic child.

Baking can be a marmite activity. Some children love the mess, the fun of creating and seeing your creations when baked. For others it can cause panic at the mess, the uncertainty of what happens next and upset at the fact it’s not instantaneous. J falls into the category of ‘thumbs down’ for baking. He…

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: Surviving a visit to Santa

Today was a day that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. We went to see Father Christmas…something I didn’t think would happen. The last time J saw Santa was when he was 1, and he cried his eyes out. When he was 2 he wouldn’t go anywhere near a grotto, when he was…