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Special Needs in Mainstream Education One Year on #HealthHop

Special Needs in Mainstream Education One Year on #HealthHop

Last year I was worrying about the impact of my son with special needs going to school. I did not know whether he would be fully supported or if he could cope. Would he make friends okay, would he keep up with his peers. If I am honest I have become so complacent about his(…)

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This is my Child – Undiagnosed

This is my Child – Undiagnosed

This post is in conjunction with The Mumsnet This is my Child Campaign is about busting myths and raising awareness. When he was 2 years old he started to demonstrate “traits” of Autism, some reminding me of his oldest brother. They weren’t anything we couldn’t handle, we’d had 14 years of living with Aspergers at this point.(…)

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Starting School

Starting School

This bottle I received when I went to BlogonMOSI from the lovely Handpicked Collection– what has that got to do with starting school? Well there’s an awful lot to think about isn’t there. At the time I was (and still am) fighting to get my son 1:1 support for the whole time he is at school,(…)

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The Importance of Reading

The Importance of Reading

There’s no denying it reading is an important skill. It helps with language development; social development – helping us to empathise with others/or learn to understand them better, gives us something to discuss with each other, put things into perspective, to look at things from a different angle; helps us to learn moral messages; gives(…)

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Paint it Red for Autism

Paint it Red for Autism

Tuesday 2nd April 2013 World Autism Awareness Day “Autism is much more common than many people think, with over half a million people in the UK having the condition. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.” (Source The National Autistic Society) I have just quickly put together some(…)

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Deciding when to Stop Having Children

Deciding when to Stop Having Children

When to have, and when to stop having, children is a big decision for any couple. It seems that everyone else has to have an opinion about it before, during, and after the decision-making – when it is nothing to do with them. The judgements, rumours and comments are unbelievable sometimes. I am imagining this(…)

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Making Sacrifices – Siblings of Special Needs Children

Making Sacrifices – Siblings of Special Needs Children

With Parenting comes Sacrifices They start with Sacrificing things for Yourself Then comes Sacrificing things that you Want for Your Children But what about when One Child HAS to Sacrifice things for Another I think when there’s a child with special needs in the family this may happen more. I have been thinking about the(…)

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Trying to do the Best for your Child (DLA)

Trying to do the Best for your Child (DLA)

When you have a child there’s no doubting that financially it’s a large commitment, one that you can’t really comprehend. Some people try to save up and make sure they can “afford” a child before they have their first, or subsequent children. Some things inevitably you cannot predict; how many days off sick your child(…)

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All Different but all the Same – Parenting Siblings when there’s Special Needs in the family

All Different but all the Same – Parenting Siblings when there’s Special Needs in the family

Whether we like it or not we are all different. Life would be boring otherwise wouldn’t it. Consequently we are all treated differently too. So when I considered how my “normal trait” children were treated compared to my “special needs” children, I think it’s the same as how my teen is treated compared to my(…)

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder

When our son started displaying “unusual” behaviour I just assumed it was Autism (my oldest son has Aspergers Syndrome), and that it was a case of getting it diagnosed (he’s 4 the end of Next April). But now I’ve been told to read this book about Sensory Processing Disorder. I think it was less worrying(…)

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