6 Exciting Number Games: A Parents Guide to Early Number Play.

Maths was my least favourite topic in school. I’m pretty sure my GCSE maths teacher had to sell a kidney to bribe the exam board into passing me (hopefully I’m just joking). However, J seems to be the opposite. He has a growing fascination with numbers and a natural ability to learn the concepts of…

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…

Autism and Festivals: A day out at Strawberry Fair, Cambridge…

Today is one of my favourite days of the year…the first Saturday of June. This means it was Strawberry Fair! I have been to Cambridge’s Strawberry Fair almost every year since I was 18. When I was younger it was all about the music, having drinks with friends and exploring the crafts stalls (including finding…

Life with Autism: Having a Haircut

It is the time I dread…the haircut. J has really thick hair that just grows so fast. He also has a double crown so ends up looking like a cockerel. J does not like his hair being cut. He doesn’t even like it being touched, unless it’s on his terms. I tend to leave it…

Review: Stonham Barns Soft Play (Suffolk)

Today we went off to explore a new soft play centre. I have been wanting to visit Stonham Barns for ages. We only had time to visit the soft play today but Stonham Barns has so much. It’s like it’s own little village. The centre itself was easy to find and had a secure entry…

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…

Keeping Children Safe in the Sun…

We are very excited to have the sun return and have made the most of time outdoors. However, I am always keeping an eye that J doesn’t get too red and keeps hydrated. With 86% of melanoma skin cancer being caused my UV exposure it’s important to be aware of how time in direct sun….

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….

Living Arrows 15/53: The Benefits of Trampolining…

Hi all, I can’t believe it’s the 15th Monday of 2018 already. Where has the time gone?! Well this week Daddy has been off work. We planned to go on lots of adventures but the weather was not on our side. Instead we had a movie day (watched the new Star Wars), visited soft play…

Living Arrows Week 14/53: Easter Baking and an Epiphany.

It’s been a really busy week  this week. We had Grandmas funeral on Tuesday and been seeing family this week. Then of course we had Easter and was exploring J’s sensory box. Those of you who read my ‘J’s journey update‘ post the other day will know that we’ve put in an application for our…