The ultimate guide to Autism-friendly days out in Yorkshire for Easter 2019

Do you find school holidays stressful? Does the lack of routine cause meltdowns? Are you looking for activities at Easter that your autistic child will enjoy? Then read on… If your child struggles with crowds and sensory issues, autism-friendly sessions can be a lifesaver. When done well, these sessions can be the difference between an awesome day out and a …

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 …

Planning And Practising Skills

How we’re planning and practising skills in the holidays

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 each Bear detailing the next …

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 help of a slide, a …

How to stay positive

Overall I’d say I’m a positive person. When things go wrong, I might wallow for a while but I’ll generally snap out of a low mood fairly quickly. The last six years have tested this positivity to its limits. Big Bear’s respiratory, hypermobility and developmental difficulties followed by Little Bear’s in-the-womb dramas (doctors thought he had a hole in the …

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 and strengthening muscles to help …

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 ‘splash splash’ of the river, …

Top Tips For Homework Success with Additional Needs

5 tips for homework success for children with additional needs

Big Bear has always received homework from school with varying degrees of success. In reception, it was daily reading and weekly maths homework. Maths was a difficult one because not only did Big Bear not understand a lot of it (spherical and cylinder shapes was one of the many disasters), because it was only once a week, the tasks were …