Tagged: Parenting

Top Tips for SENCOs

I have been approached by a magazine and asked for my views on the following: How should SENCOs involve parents in the decision making process and plan for their child? What can SENCOs do to improve co-production and communication in general? What types of questions do you think parents will...

What is Respect?

As a parent of three children with a variety of SEN and Disability, I often said “I just wish they would show me some respect”.  One day I was challenged to define what I meant by Respect, so I went to several parents like me and asked. This is what...

Reality Check - a necessary evil?

Reality checks – necessary evils?

The last few weeks have been full of harsh reality checks; those moments when reality just slaps you hard across the face.  They hurt. One of the big ones was the sudden unexpected reappearance of my gorgeous boy’s coping mechanism for anxiety.  This is something we haven’t seen for almost...

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...

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...

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...