Helping Our Autistic Children Recover From Meltdowns

Our Autistic son, James, had a meltdown recently, an experience that will be familiar to many families of Autistic children. Like any Autistic child or young person, when James has a meltdown there can be a wide range of triggers that could be causing it. He may be being overwhelmed by a range of sensory … Continue reading Helping Our Autistic Children Recover From Meltdowns

Left Behind – Children With Additional Needs As We Emerge From The COVID-19 Pandemic

As part of its ongoing research partnership with Pears Foundation, the Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP) of which I'm a member, surveyed roughly 300 parents in June 2021 in our final survey as part of the series. I had the privilege of being one of those parents. The findings, released today, reveal that whilst the rest … Continue reading Left Behind – Children With Additional Needs As We Emerge From The COVID-19 Pandemic

Make Sure We Make The Right Choice. Because Sometimes We Don’t, Do We?

Previously, I've reminded us of the “Go Compare!” TV advert and how we should “Go Cherish!” instead when thinking about the children and young people we journey with that have additional needs (see link at the end of this blog post). This time, I want to remind us of another TV advert and how it … Continue reading Make Sure We Make The Right Choice. Because Sometimes We Don’t, Do We?

Toby’s New Hope: A Disciple Of John The Baptist At The Feeding Of The 5,000

I’m Tobias, people call me Toby*; will you come with me on a journey as I share my story with you? It’s a story of tragedy, renewal, and hope; it’s challenging at times but maybe the ending can be the beginning of a new story for you?My story starts with my good friend and mentor, … Continue reading Toby’s New Hope: A Disciple Of John The Baptist At The Feeding Of The 5,000

To Hug, Or Not To Hug, That Is The Question!

As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease further from Monday 17th May, one of the most looked for announcements has finally been made – hugging will be allowed! The UK Government has said that “...people in England will be allowed to hug loved ones and enjoy indoor hospitality from next Monday...”, whilst urging people to "...exercise … Continue reading To Hug, Or Not To Hug, That Is The Question!

Don’t “Go Compare!” – Milestones, Transitions And Rites Of Passage For Children With Additional Needs

Throughout the childhood and adolescence of any child there are many different kinds of milestones, transitions and rites of passage, many changes that come along, but for families of children with additional needs these can provide many opportunities for unhealthy comparison and a realisation of difference, which can sometimes be so difficult and painful.Milestones might … Continue reading Don’t “Go Compare!” – Milestones, Transitions And Rites Of Passage For Children With Additional Needs

Be Like Ian – Choose Kindness

Every now and then I read something that lifts my soul for the rest of the day, sometimes even for the rest of the week! Yesterday was one of those days…I was looking on the BBC website and saw the story of a mum, Natalie, and her young autistic son, Rudy, who also has a … Continue reading Be Like Ian – Choose Kindness

Ohana Means Family. Family Means No One Gets Left Behind Or Forgotten.

As lockdown restrictions gradually ease, in line with Government guidance, churches across all four nations of the United Kingdom are beginning to put serious thought into what this means for the opening of church buildings and the resumption of in-building activity, including children’s and youth work.Over the past year, some children’s and youth work has … Continue reading Ohana Means Family. Family Means No One Gets Left Behind Or Forgotten.

Washing My Autistic Sons’ Feet

James, my autistic son, gets cold feet. Sometimes this is because he often prefers to go barefoot, sometimes this is because his blood circulation isn’t as good as it might be, or maybe it’s a combination of the two. He likes to have his feet rubbed, to warm them up, but he has also enjoyed … Continue reading Washing My Autistic Sons’ Feet

Lost In Lockdown Again? How To Keep On Supporting Children With Additional Needs.

We’re back in lockdown again, schools are closed to most children again, many families of children and young people with additional needs are struggling again. It’s like we’re in a recurring lockdown ‘Groundhog Day’, but there are things that families as well as churches can do to help everyone to be able to cope better, … Continue reading Lost In Lockdown Again? How To Keep On Supporting Children With Additional Needs.