Finding calm in the chaos

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...

Silent Sunday – it really is

How lovely is an unexpected break? Our plan for today was drive to my in-laws and then all visit the Enfield Car Pageant but on arrival, my father-in-law and hubby decided that looking at old cars was a man thing. So, I am sat in my in-laws’ garden, in the...

Is that sunshine I see?

Today has been a very unproductive day – mostly due to the fact that I actually went out last night and drank alcohol.  Forgetting that I don’t this often, I also decided that “shots” were a good idea. Being so out of practice at the drinking thing, I have seriously...

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...

What is Person Centred Practice?

Person Centred:  An approach to working with people which puts the individual’s needs and aspirations firmly at the centre of the process. There is so much talk about Person Centred Practice and to be honest, I wasn’t too sure what it meant.  I had an idea that the definition above...