When Special Interests Turn Into Dangerous Obsessions

When special interests become dangerous obsessions

How do you deal with a dangerous obsession? It’s a question that has been concerning me for some time. You see, Big Bear is obsessed – and I mean OBSESSED – with putting things around his neck. Mainly lanyards but if  he hasn’t got one to hand then anything will do. Yesterday he was walking around the house with two …

Surviving A Sleep Thief

We have a sleep thief

Surviving a sleep thief can sometimes feel like a tough military expedition with the SAS. Everyone has their own tolerance levels. I’m often up during the night with Big Bear but it’s the early mornings that are the toughest and I can’t function pre-6am. Which is a problem really, because he NEVER sleeps past 4.45am. 4.45am. CLICK, the landing light goes …

Swimming Lessons For Children WIth Autism

Let’s talk about swimming lessons for additional needs

Finding the right swimming lessons for children with additional needs is like looking for a perfect pair of jeans. It’s very much trial and error and takes time and energy to find the right one. I have spent a large proportion of the last five years seeking out appropriate activities that my children can enjoy. Right from the start, I …

Child Doesn't Play

Help! My child doesn’t play

I can’t remember how old Big Bear was when I realised my child doesn’t play like their children. From the moment he could pick things up he would generally throw them. Balls, bricks, cars…he just didn’t seem to know (or care about) what to do with them, despite my endless demonstrations. During a group holiday to Portugal when he was …