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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

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Our journey to autism diagnosis – part 1

Our Journey To Autism Diagnosis Part 1

The word autism was always at the back of my mind even before Big Bear was born. My brother has Aspergers Syndrome, and although autism isn’t a genetic condition, it often runs in families. Our journey to autism diagnosis began at our first meeting with the paediatrician, when Big Bear was showing signs of developmental

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REVIEW: How I finally got my child to sleep past 5am

How I Finally Got My Child To Sleep Past 5am

Anyone who follows this blog regularly or knows me personally will know that we have a problem with sleep in this house. Big Bear is big sensory seeker and a very restless sleeper. He often wakes in the night to go to the toilet and generally likes to start his day between 4.45am and 5.15am.

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5 easy ideas for water sensory play

Easy Ideas For Water Sensory Play

Water sensory play is one the Bears’ favourite activities. A washing up bowl full of bubbles will keep them occupied for ages. The feeling of water on their hands relaxes them and their favourite game is to wash their cars or Paw Patrol figures in the bubbles. As long as the water doesn’t go on

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I am THAT mum

I Am That Mum

I am THAT mum. You know the one. THAT mum with the child having a meltdown in the supermarket. The one you’re glad is not you, whilst silently thinking their child is incredibly spoilt. The one whose child is lying on the floor, blocking the aisle so you have no choice but to step over

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Don’t feel sorry for me or my kids with additional needs

Don't Feel Sorry For Me

I was eight months pregnant with Little Bear when a work contact I was having a telephone conversation with said: “Oh, you’re having another boy? You’ll be wanting a third then.” He wasn’t even born yet and someone I barely knew had dismissed him because of his gender. This is quite common with two of the

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Think you know autism? Think again

Think You Know Autism? Think Again - Common Autism Myths dispelled

“He’s not autistic, he has eye contact.” I’ve lost count the number of times this has been said to me by the medical professionals involved in Big Bear’s care. We’ve raised the autism question at nearly every appointment he has had for the last five years and until a few months ago, this was the