Support Without Diagnosis

Why you don’t need a diagnosis to access support

It took almost six years for our paediatrician to act upon our question of whether Big Bear is autistic. We’re now in the middle of our assessment and waiting for the final piece of the jigsaw. Yet ironically now is the time when we least need a diagnosis. You see, it’s not actually going to change anything for Big Bear right …

30 Hot Weather Hacks You Need To Know This Summer

30 hot weather hacks you NEED to know this summer

I’m not usually a fan of hot weather – being pale and freckly means I need factor 50 and shade. However, I’ve actually quite enjoyed the last few weeks of sunshine and I’ve learned a few tricks to help keep both myself and the kids cool along the way. During this hottest time of the year, it’s important to learn ways …

Planning And Practising Skills

How we’re planning and practising skills in the holidays

Over the last few weeks we’ve had a LOT of appointments – about 15 in total for both Bears. Paediatrician, speech and language, audiology, immunology, occupational therapy, orthotics, pre-school, plus three school appointments…you name it, we’ve had it. Armed with my notebook (a journalist’s best friend), I made pages of notes at the appointments for each Bear detailing the next …

7 fun ice play activities

It’s been brilliant to have so much sunshine this summer but it can be hard to keep the little ones cool. Our south facing garden is a sun trap with no natural shade for most of the day. We’ve erected a tent to give the Bears a cooler space and created a waterslide with the help of a slide, a …

14 of the best days out in Cheshire with a Max Card

If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs FREE or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK. Families in Cheshire are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with huge savings at places including Gulliver’s World, …

17 Of The Best Days Out In Greater Manchester With A Max Card

17 of the best days out in Greater Manchester with a Max Card

  If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs FREE or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK. Families in Greater Manchester are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with huge savings at the Sealife …

6 FREE days out in Northumberland with a Max Card

If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs FREE or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK. Families in the North East are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with savings at castles, zoos, bowling …