5 ways travel can boost your mental health

How do I look after myself? This week is Mental Health Awareness week, and it’s probably a question we should all be asking.   Life is busy for all parents but for those of us with children who have additional needs, we’re a different kind of busy – endless meetings, hospital appointments and school appointments on top of the day-to-day crazy …

Visit Thomas Land With Autism

An autism guide to Thomas Land

“Look mummy! There’s the Fat Controller!” shouted an over-excited Big Bear running off into Thomas Land. I ran after him. “Nope, that’s just a daddy in a black t shirt with his family,” I replied as I tried to steer him away before the man heard. Visit Thomas Land with autism and you’re in for a magical family adventure (apart …

A visit to Mattel Play! Liverpool

I can’t remember when the Thomas obsession first started, it was so long ago, but it’s probably been at least three years.   We’ve got the trains and the pjs, know all the episodes, seen all the films, visited Thomas Land twice, been on a Thomas-themed day out at the local railway… You get the picture.   I didn’t think …

The ultimate guide to Autism-friendly days out in Yorkshire for Easter 2019

Do you find school holidays stressful? Does the lack of routine cause meltdowns? Are you looking for activities at Easter 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 awesome day out and a …

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 …