How to plan for a successful day out with children who have additional needs

Organising a day trip in our house is like planning a military operation. With a six-year-old and a four-year-old with additional needs, anything less than SAS-style planning is likely to lead to arguments, tears and tantrums. And that’s just me.  It’s not possible to plan for every eventuality. However there are several steps we usually take to increase the chance …

February half term ideas for children with additional needs in West Yorkshire

Do you find half term stressful? Does the lack of routine cause meltdowns in your house? Are you looking for activities in February half term that your autistic child will enjoy? Then read on… If your child struggles with crowds and sensory issues, autism-friendly sessions can be a lifesaver. When done well, these sessions can be the difference between an …

Holidays with autism: The ultimate guide to preparing for Lapland

So you want to go to Lapland, you don’t know where to start and you’re completely overwhelmed with all the things you need to think about. Fear not! I’ve put together a complete guide to preparing for a Lapland holiday. Plus packing lists you can customise so you don’t forget anything. So get a highlighter and start crossing things off. …

Holidays with autism: Lapland on a budget

There’s no getting around the fact that holidays to Lapland are not cheap. You are looking at more than £2,0000 for a three-night stay including flights, accommodation and activities for a family of four. This can rise to £7,000-plus for a nice hotel in a remote location. It’s easy to get carried away when booking a trip to Lapland and …

Holidays with autism: 11 essential items to pack for a winter holiday

It was whilst zipping across a frozen lake at 20mph that I realised I’d forgotten a vital item of clothing on our husky trip in Lapland. I’d only brought one pair of gloves and every time I took them off to take a picture of the breathtaking views, my hands felt like they were going to fall off. In temperatures …

Lapland with autism: Our Christmas adventure

  For the last few years, Lapland has been at the top of my bucket list for our family. The Bears have hardly seen snow and I thought it would be a good adventure for us all.  Timing was an issue. I wanted to go while The Bears were still young but we needed Little Bear to be confident on …

10 essential secrets to flying with an autistic child

It’s less than a week until we go on holiday and our thoughts are turning to the flights. We’re going on four aeroplanes in four days, which is a challenge with two boys who have global developmental delay, hypermobility and autism thrown into the mix. The airport is going to be a big deal. We’ve not been abroad on a …

How to prepare your autistic child for a holiday to Lapland

When we booked our holiday to Lapland in February, one of the biggest questions to consider was when to tell The Bears. Telling them too early could make them anxious and our daily lives a nightmare “Are we going yet” “When are we going?” “Are we going today?” “Can we go today?” “Why aren’t we going today?” “I want to …

Autism family travel: fun or flippin’ hard work?

Let’s face it, holidays can be a bit tricky when you’ve got children on the autistic spectrum. Working out where to go, worrying about how suitable it will be, as well as how to get there and how to prepare the kids, can all seem a bit daunting. However, everyone needs a holiday from time to time and families of …