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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

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How horse therapy is changing our lives

Sometimes you accidentally stumble across someone or something amazing that completely changes your life. Last year I attended a black-tie awards ceremony for work. I’ve been to loads of them and they tend to follow a very similar format. Dinner. Speaker. Awards. Home. This particular annual event is attended by about 1,000 people, mainly men,

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5 easy sensory activities for spring

5 Easy Sensory Activities For Easter

Hands up, I’m a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to organising sensory activities. I go through phases and recently it’s been a big old phase of nothing. But last weekend we rediscovered the Bears’ favourite activity: a homemade car wash using a bowl of soapy bubbles, some toy vehicles, and a sponge. Big Bear doesn’t

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Do you need an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)?

Education And Health Care Plan

This was a question we asked ourselves a lot in the year before Big Bear went to school. Do we need an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)? EHCPs are for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. Written by your local

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5 Fun Waiting Games for Kids

5 Fun Waiting Games For Kids

Over the last six years I have become an expert in waiting. If it was an Olympic event, I reckon I could go pro. The extent of Big Bear’s medical problems and his countless investigations for one thing and another have meant we have spent a good proportion of his life waiting for appointments. Add

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The day I wasn’t prepared

Preparation is key for a successful excursion in our house but sometimes I drop the ball. This was the day I wasn’t prepared. It should have been so simple to take Big Bear to get his haircut that Saturday morning. J had taken Little Bear to a swimming lesson in the car and was planning

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15 brilliant ways to improve fine motor skills

Our Bears struggle with and need to improve fine motor skills. Their hypermobility means navigating everyday life can be really hard for them. From building duplo to opening yoghurt pots and even picking small things up off the floor – everything is really difficult. But building up strength and dexterity in hands and fingers is

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My kids have ‘magic’ limbs

My Kids Have Magic Limbs

It’s quite difficult to play the piano when you’re hypermobile. I know that now but I didn’t when I was five and practising ‘flying to middle c’ with my finger. I could never quite hit it properly because the tip of my finger kept bending back when it landed. I didn’t really question it at

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8 essential tips for getting to school on time

Getting To School On TIme

Getting to school on time for any family is bloomin’ hard work. Add one or more children with additional needs and often it feels like trying to run a marathon through treacle every day. It’s a miracle that we actually manage to get to school on time 5 days a week but we do actually manage