Holidays with autism: 11 essential items to pack for a winter holiday

It was whilst zipping across a frozen lake at 20mph that I realised I’d forgotten a vital item of clothing on our husky trip in Lapland. I’d only brought one pair of gloves and every time I took them off to take a picture of the breathtaking views, my hands felt like they were going to fall off. In temperatures …

Lapland with autism: Our Christmas adventure

  For the last few years, Lapland has been at the top of my bucket list for our family. The Bears have hardly seen snow and I thought it would be a good adventure for us all.  Timing was an issue. I wanted to go while The Bears were still young but we needed Little Bear to be confident on …

The Best UK Family Days Out for Families of Children with Autism

Do you feel overwhelmed by the summer holidays?   Do you want a day out with the kids but need some inspiration?   Me too. Filling six weeks can seem a bit overwhelming but you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a summer guide for days out in the UK which are suitable for families of children with …

Sand Le Mere Holiday Park

Our stay at Sand le Mere holiday village – Review

Hands up if you love a caravan holiday. Finding suitable holidays as a family with additional needs isn’t easy. When The Bears were little we spent a lot of time at my grandma’s static caravan near Bridlington and they were some of our most relaxing breaks. Fast forward 7 years and my grandma, now 91, sold the caravan a couple of …

Edinburgh with autism: Our first city break with kids

We’ve never tried a city break as a family before.   Funnily enough, the thought of trying to keep two young children who have no awareness of danger, and aren’t keen on walking too far, alive in a bustling environment where they can’t run around has never really appealed to me. It’s the main reason we rarely venture into the …

9 Of The Best Car Games With Kids

9 of the best car games with kids

 What are the best car games with kids? A few weeks ago we embarked on our longest family road trip to date – 500 miles from Yorkshire to Westerhoven in The Netherlands.   The furthest we’d driven is to Cornwall and I planned our first trip there to the nth degree. Thank goodness I did. We ended up spending 9 …

5 ways travel can boost your mental health

How do I look after myself? This week is Mental Health Awareness week, and it’s probably a question we should all be asking.   Life is busy for all parents but for those of us with children who have additional needs, we’re a different kind of busy – endless meetings, hospital appointments and school appointments on top of the day-to-day crazy …

Visit Thomas Land With Autism

An autism guide to Thomas Land

“Look mummy! There’s the Fat Controller!” shouted an over-excited Big Bear running off into Thomas Land. I ran after him. “Nope, that’s just a daddy in a black t shirt with his family,” I replied as I tried to steer him away before the man heard. Visit Thomas Land with autism and you’re in for a magical family adventure (apart …

A visit to Mattel Play! Liverpool

I can’t remember when the Thomas obsession first started, it was so long ago, but it’s probably been at least three years.   We’ve got the trains and the pjs, know all the episodes, seen all the films, visited Thomas Land twice, been on a Thomas-themed day out at the local railway… You get the picture.   I didn’t think …

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 …