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


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


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


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


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,


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


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

Education Health And 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, Health and 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


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


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