A Colourful Treasure Hunt: Learning Colours Through Active Play

My little boy is two and a half and we've been doing lots of colour-themed activities to help him learn his colours. He loves pirates so I devised a colour- themed treasure trail for him to follow, with a biscuit as the treasure. I set up a trail of coloured arrows around the house and… Continue reading A Colourful Treasure Hunt: Learning Colours Through Active Play

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Trapped In Orbit Between Mars and Jupiter: What Does It Feel Like To Be Autistic? An Interview with an Autistic 7 Year-Old

Autism Awareness Month has started and Autism Awareness Week is in full swing but today (2nd April) is Autism Acceptance Day which is a slightly different thing. Over the last few years, awareness of Autism has increased greatly and most people have a basic understanding of what it is. It has been portrayed and discussed… Continue reading Trapped In Orbit Between Mars and Jupiter: What Does It Feel Like To Be Autistic? An Interview with an Autistic 7 Year-Old

Katy Perry’s Firework – an empowering mantra for letting your true colours shine

The text of this post is largely taken from a Facebook post I wrote two years ago but it is still relevant so I'm republishing it here. As some of you will know, my 7 year-old son is autistic. In advance of #WorldAutismAwarenessDay tomorrow, I thought I would share one of his favourite songs, Firework… Continue reading Katy Perry’s Firework – an empowering mantra for letting your true colours shine

The Great Mathmagical #OreoCookieQuest – Making Times Tables A Fun Activity To Enjoy Together

Oreo is currently celebrating The Great Oreo Cookie Quest promotion on their packs, which means you can pick up a pack from your local shop or supermarket and have a go at winning some awesome prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to California and the Googleplex! You're looking for the packs with a pink promotional flash… Continue reading The Great Mathmagical #OreoCookieQuest – Making Times Tables A Fun Activity To Enjoy Together

Parenting Induced Sleep Deprivation – what effect are your kids having on your health?

I've been up before 5am for the third day running, and I am tired. Much as I love being a Mum, the prolonged lack of sleep is hard. I had one night's unbroken sleep in the whole of 2017 and it doesn't look like 2018 is going to be much better! My youngest is only… Continue reading Parenting Induced Sleep Deprivation – what effect are your kids having on your health?

Keeping The Kids Busy: Invitation To Play Trays

I use these to prompt my kids with play ideas. They get stuck in a rut, picking the same toys to play with but if I set something up for them, I can entice them into playing with different things which they wouldn't think of or choose of their own accord. Once the tray is… Continue reading Keeping The Kids Busy: Invitation To Play Trays

How To Avoid Christmas Meltdowns: Coping Strategies For The Festive Season

Christmas is a lovely time of year but it can all get a bit much for some people, especially kids on the spectrum. Changes to normal routine can be unsettling, visitors present a social challenge and all the lights, colours and the constant Christmas music can leave them constantly one step from sensory overload. New… Continue reading How To Avoid Christmas Meltdowns: Coping Strategies For The Festive Season

Why do we have so many books?: Developing Early Reading Skills by Sharing Books With Your Baby, Toddler or Pre-Schooler

We have a lot of children's books in our house. But you can never have too many books right? My kids love books and we share books, stories and rhymes every day for a variety of reasons.  As my three are all at different ages (5 months, 2 and 7), we have a range of… Continue reading Why do we have so many books?: Developing Early Reading Skills by Sharing Books With Your Baby, Toddler or Pre-Schooler

The Pressure Vest: Calming Strategies For Fizzy Moments

I wrote a few months ago about my son's recent Occupational Therapy assessment. You can read about it in more detail here but the basic gist is that he may have Developmental Co-ordination Disorder as well as Autism (which he was diagnosed with 3 years ago at the age of 4). The boy is often fizzy, a… Continue reading The Pressure Vest: Calming Strategies For Fizzy Moments