A Letter to My Autistic 5 Year Old

Dearest J, Today you turned 5 years old. I know its a cliché but time has gone too fast. Each day you grow and change. I wish I could slow it all down. It’s been a whirlwind 5 years and we have been through so much. You were a very much wanted baby. We longed…

Big School: Preparing to Start Reception.

This September my eldest son, J starts ‘big school’. By this I mean Reception class in Primary School. I know some parents who are counting down, saying their children are ‘totally ready’ or that they can’t wait for the peace and quiet. I’m sure they jest when they talk of their excitement (or maybe not?)…

Exploring Tumble Tots: A Structured Physical Play Group (inc. Autism advice)

Tumble Tots is a physical development programme for children in the early years (0-5 years). It’s basically a preschool child friendly gymnastics session where children learn to use equipment, do music and movements and develop skills such as hand-eye coordination, arm strength and gross motor control. It’s an important area of development at physical skills…

Preparing for labour and beyond second time around…

In just over 2 weeks I reach the due date for our second little boy. I have noticed a lot of differences between the two pregnancies as I reached third trimester. When I was nearing the end with J I was still working. We had the big things ready in the nursery room and other…

Family: Planning for Cold Weather.

I am a bit of an ‘over planner’. I write lists and I think of every possible scenario. When I watch disaster films I often think ‘what would our plan be?’. For this reason I always have an emergency box ready. As the cold weather is coming there’s the risk of what could happen such…

Speech, Language and Special Needs: Meeting Our Paediatrician

Hi everyone, J’s initial assessment Yesterday J met our paediatric consultant at the Child Development Centre. We waited in the waiting area first which had toys and books to explore so J didn’t get bored. We were then called in and Dr M led us to his office. He quickly put us both at ease…