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 …

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 …

An autism guide to the Eden project

If all tourist attractions could be as autism-friendly as the Eden Project in Cornwall, it would increase the success rate of our family days out by a billion per cent. When we visited in the middle of the summer holidays last year, it had the potential of being a (really expensive) disaster. Crowds, queues and noise awaited most visitors. And …

How to plan for a successful day out with children who have additional needs

Organising a day trip in our house is like planning a military operation. With a six-year-old and a four-year-old with additional needs, anything less than SAS-style planning is likely to lead to arguments, tears and tantrums. And that’s just me.  It’s not possible to plan for every eventuality. However there are several steps we usually take to increase the chance …

February half term ideas for children with additional needs in West Yorkshire

Do you find half term stressful? Does the lack of routine cause meltdowns in your house? Are you looking for activities in February half term 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 …

What to do in Scarborough when it’s raining

Let’s face it, the weather on the Yorkshire Coast is pretty unpredictable whatever time of year you go.   We often go during October half term and we’ve experienced heatwaves through to freezing temperatures. We went to Scarborough for a couple of nights on our most recent visit and our only full day there was a grey, cold and wet. …