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How we’re planning and practising skills in the holidays

Planning And Practising Skills

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

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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

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Motivating your children to get things done

Motivating Your Children To Get Things Done

When we received the global developmental delay and hypermobility diagnoses for our boys it set us off on a path of never-ending therapy. Their diagnoses were two-and-a-half years apart but each time we were hit with a deluge of ‘homework’ which is updated on a regular basis. The physio gave us exercises for improving mobility

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Celebrating birthdays with additional needs

Celebrating Birthdays With Additional Needs

Christmas had only just finished when Big Bear started asking about his birthday, which was six months away. Celebrating birthdays with additional needs can be a tricky process. Until the age of four he hated opening presents. He found it too overwhelming and every time someone handed him a gift he would either throw it

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Is global developmental delay progress holding us back?

Why Global Developmental Delay Progress Is HoldingUs Back

Hospital appointments are like buses: you wait ages for one and then two come along at once. In the last two days Little Bear has had two annual reviews: one with the paediatrician and the other with his speech and language therapist. The paediatrician review was a chance to discuss what’s happened in the last

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How do you solve a problem like transition?

Help A Child Transition Between Activities

This morning, Little Bear was playing with his trains when I asked him to have breakfast. “No, I play train track,” he replied, not even looking up. “First you have breakfast and then you can play with the train track,” I said. “Nooooooooo,” he wailed, stamping his feet on the ground. A full-blown meltdown ensued,

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Sensory Story: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Sensory Story We're Going On A Bear Hunt

My little sensory-seekers love interactive stories. When Big Bear was two years old my mum came over with the We’re Going On A Bear Hunt book and a box she’d filled with sensory props. There were green pom poms to make the ‘swishy swishy’ sound of the grass, blue satin material and a water spray for the

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Living in Limbo – Global Developmental Delay

Living In Limbo Life With Global Developmental Delay

Today is Global Developmental Delay Awareness Day.  A day when parents get together on social media to promote the condition, share their stories and wear yellow. Both our Bears were around 22 months old when doctors filed them under the heading ‘global developmental delay (GDD) and hypermobility’.   “What’s global developmental delay?”   This was the