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…

When your son is the ‘different’ one in a group…

I’m sat in one of J’s groups (the best kind where parents sit and watch rather than having to join in, haha) and I’m watching with a huge grin on my face. There are times where my son is just like the rest of the 3-4yr olds. They feed off each other don’t they? One…

Days out: Undley Farm Pumpkin Patch, Suffolk

Today we went to Undley Farm for their yearly Pumpkin Patch adventure. This is our fourth year of going and it didn’t disappointment. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger… Undley Farm is near Lakenheath in Suffolk. It’s easy enough to find with a sat nav and there are signs dotted about. I…