Category: Special Needs Minefield

How we used an obsession.

Without obsession, life is nothing. John Waters My gorgeous eldest son has been obsessed with cars of all descriptions for what seems like forever.  Like most parents who have a child with ASD, I had read all the books I could find and each of them said “use their obsession”...

Does child protection protect children?

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr. There was a recent report in The Lancet stating that 1 in 4 disabled children are the victims of abuse.  This report was based...

How do I say “thank you”?

So often we write down our complaints, our bad experiences; we write about the people who made us unhappy today or the comment that you read that you felt was aimed directly at you. Today, however, I want to write about the things and people I am thankful for.  The...

Parents United

“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” Casey Stengel I love social media.  I love Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, etc. It can be a negative experience (people getting personal, trolling, etc) but generally I have found it to be a really...

Responsibility v Accountability

We use these words regularly in our lives but what is the difference? As a parent we have responsibility to enable our child to Be healthy Stay safe Enjoy and achieve Make a positive contribution Achieve economic well-being Responsibility is bestowed on us when we take on the role of parent...

SEN, LAC : Have labels stopped us looking out for our children?

I recently had the privilege of hosting a workshop at the Together for a Positive Future onference in Newbury.  One of the guest speakers was Charlie Mead, a child psychologist who works with Looked After Children (LAC) in Birmingham and the South West.  His presentation made a lasting impact on me and...

Do you remember? Questions in the Special Needs Minefield

Do you remember the day you heard?

Do you remember? Do you remember the day you heard?  Do you remember the day your child was given a label?  Do you remember the day your life was turned upside down?  Do you remember thinking your heart would never feel this much pain again?  Do you remember thinking you...

Today – the parent perspective

Many years ago, before I really knew what I was doing with videos (and before I was lucky enough to be gifted with an I-Mac), I put together a compilation of the every day things families of children with disabilities go through.  The every day things which may be in...

Today

Today Video: My child has a diagnosis

Many years ago, a practitioner sat in my home – perfectly groomed – and stated that she understood what my life was like.  I knew that she could empathise but not understand – not unless she was a mum of a child with special needs too. Today Video: In order to...

Magic Blue Pill

The Magic Blue Pill…..

I spend so much time with parents and often hear how they would like a magic blue pill to make everything better.  Here is a letter to my children about a magic blue pill.  I would like to start with saying though that my children do not have health issues...