Category: Special Needs Minefield

August Challenge … be careful what you ask for

Yesterday I declared my intention to set a challenge for August.  I mentioned that some people do 30 day squat challenges and asked “Who would want to do that?”. What I actually meant was “who in their right mind would want to do that” but no, my gorgeous friend misread...

What made you smile today?

I’m on cloud 9 this evening. In January I agreed to become a collaborator on a very successful blog. Today, the creator of the blog has given me my first Linkedin recommendation. It reads as follows: I asked Debs to join me at Special Needs Jungle at the beginning of...

Bank Holidays and Motorways

Why did I think driving 300 miles on a Bank Holiday would be a good idea?  Why did I think Bank Holidays and Motorways would ever be a good combination? My day started badly when I was setting up the kids DVD players in the car and managed to lock...

SEN Reforms

Everyday I turn on Facebook and see questions about the proposed SEN reforms. I also see several interpretations of what people think the proposed SEN reforms will mean, some of which have taken some really “off the wall” thinking. Being so involved in the Pathfinder here, I forget what I...

101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorders

This book was a Christmas gift from my in-laws (along with Downton Abbey boxset and Clarins skin products – spoiled I know). As I’m sure you all know, there are so many books out there and some of them very very expensive. You’re never sure if it is worth buying...

Does Parent Participation change anything?

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt “Why do you bother speaking out/attending meetings/creating surveys (delete as appropriate), nothing ever changes”. I hear this all the time, not from practitioners but from other parents.  Some parents know me well enough to know I am not...