What Can Special Needs Parents Learn From Scandinavian ‘Hygge’

‘Hygge’ is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. With a recent study showing that people living in the arctic circle are armed with a mindset linked to this that helps combat the long ‘polar night’, a bit of ‘hygge’ might come in … Continue reading What Can Special Needs Parents Learn From Scandinavian ‘Hygge’

Lost In Lockdown: Left Behind

It’s been over six-months since lockdown started, and although for some there is the beginning of a return to some kind of normality, schools going back, offices opening up, for others lockdown continues like some never-ending groundhog day. With the pandemic seemingly entering 'Phase 2' now, things look like they could get harder again.Even for … Continue reading Lost In Lockdown: Left Behind

Beyond Zoom: Supporting Additional Needs Families

It's over six months in since the start of lockdown and some churches are beginning to open back up for in-building services again, exploring ways to meet the Government guidelines for gatherings of no more than 30 people, or is it six, or is it 3.14159. It’s difficult, the rules keep changing and most churches … Continue reading Beyond Zoom: Supporting Additional Needs Families

The Day Finally Came, But Who Would Be The Anxious One?

It had been coming for six long months, since school closed due to the Coronavirus lockdown back in March. Back then, James was on a gradual build-up of his time in school, slowly getting back to where he had been before epilepsy, and the associated anxiety that came with it entered his world. You see, … Continue reading The Day Finally Came, But Who Would Be The Anxious One?

Returning To School – Resources To Help Children With Additional Needs And Their Families

It seems like a lifetime ago that ‘Lockdown’ began, including the closure of school to all but a few children, in an attempt to limit the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. In reality it was just three months ago… the equivalent of two school summer holidays. For some the time has passed uneventfully, children have … Continue reading Returning To School – Resources To Help Children With Additional Needs And Their Families

Acts Of Kindness In A Pandemic

Some wonderful thoughts about acts of kindness in a pandemic (and a familiar face for regular readers of The Additional Needs Blogfather!) in this excellent blog from my friend Miriam, who writes as ‘faithmummy’ (do read more of her blog posts, they are awesome!)

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I stood in the playground of my daughter’s school in mid March as parents and grandparents gathered. There was only one thing being talked about: Coronavirus and panic buying! While many were stressing about shortages of toilet rolls and hand soap I was getting more and more stressed about the availability of baby wipes with two disabled children who both needed them. Since I wasn’t about to disclose to otherwise strangers about my children’s intimate care needs I kept quiet and walked my daughter home wondering how I would meet her and her brothers needs silently.

No-one could have predicted that by the end of that week my daughter’s school would close, along with every other school in the country, for an indefinite period due to a worldwide pandemic.

Coronavirus was no longer about which shops had toilet rolls but now about life and death and living in lockdown.

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CBM: How A Christian Disability Charity Response To Coronavirus Is Saving Lives

The media is full of bleak, challenging and depressing news at the moment; stories from around the world of the Coronavirus causing serious illness and death, of devastation to lives and livelihoods, of nations close to collapse as they try to respond to this crisis. But it's not all bad news, there are glimmers of … Continue reading CBM: How A Christian Disability Charity Response To Coronavirus Is Saving Lives

Why It’s Not Time To Go Back To School

The headlines are full of the news that schools, particularly primary schools in England, are being prepared to open for children in years Reception, 1 and 6 (ages 4-5, 5-6 and 10-11) from Monday 1st June, if possible. That’s two weeks away. Pupils in secondary education who are taking exams next year, current years 10 … Continue reading Why It’s Not Time To Go Back To School

Lockdown Groundhog Day

When I woke up this morning, the first thing that struck me was that I had absolutely no idea what the date was or even what day of the week it was. No clue. Next I realised that I’ve experienced that feeling every day over the past few weeks during lockdown, as I’m sure many … Continue reading Lockdown Groundhog Day

It’s Time To Start Planning For A Return To Children’s, Youth & Families Work

There are a range of things that have suddenly appeared and taken over our lives in the past few months, 'Coronavirus', 'COVID-19', 'Social-Distancing', 'Lockdown', 'PPE' and more, and there is so much uncertainty as to if, when and how it's all going to end. But in these strange times that we live in, especially as … Continue reading It’s Time To Start Planning For A Return To Children’s, Youth & Families Work