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 …

What to do in Scarborough when it’s raining

Let’s face it, the weather on the Yorkshire Coast is pretty unpredictable whatever time of year you go.   We often go during October half term and we’ve experienced heatwaves through to freezing temperatures. We went to Scarborough for a couple of nights on our most recent visit and our only full day there was a grey, cold and wet. …

Our journey to autism diagnosis: part 2

He finally got it. After six years, Big Bear received his autism diagnosis last week. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel at the news. J and I were fairly confident that he would get the diagnosis, although you can never be 100 per certain. Still, when you’re sitting in a room with someone telling you your child is autistic, it’s …

5 of the best days out in Merseyside 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 Merseyside are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with huge savings at places including museums, soft …

Feed the birds – fine motor skills game

I can’t claim credit for this idea as my mum made it but it’s proved such a hit in our house that I wanted to share it with you. The idea’s so simple: six baby birds sit in their nests while mummy bird feeds them worms.     We’ve had it about two months now and Little Bear plays with …

How to tackle after-school meltdowns

“Did you have a good day?” I asked Big Bear when he came out of school on the first day of the new school year. “Yep”, he smiled. “He’s had a fantastic day,” his Year 2 teacher replied beaming, before listing all the things he’d done that day. He’d even received a merit for his hard work. “Brilliant,” I said …

One of Those Days

One of those days

When was the last time you had ‘one of those days’? You know, the days when everything goes wrong and you can’t wait until bedtime? We have elements of one of those days most days but I recently had a day that was particularly relentless. It started off well. We had a productive meeting at school to go through Big …