Finding calm in the chaos

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...

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...