My One Additional Needs New Year Resolution…

For me my New Year resolution isn't something that will fade after a day, a week, a month; it is a calling that will extend through this year and beyond as long as God gives me breath in my body...

Standing With Ukraine But Not In This: Ukraine’s Disabled Young People

Once again the news is filled with horror; once again awful scenes from Ukraine fill our TV screens; but this time it's not the war with Russia that makes us shudder, it's footage of the special needs institutions, places of utter despair and heart-wrenching abuse and misery, that breaks our hearts.We've seen it before; the … Continue reading Standing With Ukraine But Not In This: Ukraine’s Disabled Young People

Why The Christmas Story Is Good News For Children With Additional Needs Too

As we remember the nativity story it might be hard to imagine how this familiar scene can bring good news to children with additional needs and their families. Here’s eight reasons why we should think differently though…

Being An Additional Needs ‘Grizzly Bear’ Parent

Most of the time, as parents of a child with additional needs, things work as they should. That doesn’t happen by accident, it takes a huge amount of planning and energy to ensure that everything goes smoothly, but to an unknowing onlooker everything looks under control, relatively calm, generally successful, like watching a grizzly bear … Continue reading Being An Additional Needs ‘Grizzly Bear’ Parent

Just Keep Swimming… Supporting Children And Young People With Additional Needs

Can you swim? When did you learn? Were you inspired by watching one of the Olympic greats winning a clutch of medals at an Olympic Games, maybe smashing a World Record or two on the way? Rebecca Adlington and Adam Peaty When you started to swim, taking those first, tentative steps into the water, could … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming… Supporting Children And Young People With Additional Needs

Alternative Halloween For Children With Additional Needs

Halloween literally means the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, a day festival celebrated on the 1st November each year. The name Halloween is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Evening which is celebrated on 31st October. The origin and meaning of the festival of Halloween is derived from ancient Celtic harvest … Continue reading Alternative Halloween For Children With Additional Needs

Why The Economic Crisis Is Terrible News For Disabled Children, And How To Help

The media is in meltdown reporting on the economic crisis that has hit the United Kingdom following the Governments mini-budget on Friday 23rd September. Economic experts are queueing up to explain why this is a disaster, and the financial markets are reacting with big drops in the London stock market and the value of the … Continue reading Why The Economic Crisis Is Terrible News For Disabled Children, And How To Help

The Neurodiverse Coke Can

As he walks through the front door, his parent asks him “Did you have a good day at school today, Jack?” and in doing so metaphorically pulls the ‘ring pull’ on the coke can that has been shaken all day… Boom! Jack erupts, and his parent wonders why this always happens at home and not at school…

10 Tops Tips For Back To School

As the return to the new school year gets closer for many of us, or has already started for some, it can be a time of great anxiety and stress for all children and young people, especially children and young people with additional needs. It can be a challenging and difficult time for parents and … Continue reading 10 Tops Tips For Back To School

Five Ways To Support Additional Needs Siblings, An Often Overlooked Group

This blog post is written by Mark Arnold’s daughter, Phoebe, who shares her experience of growing up as an additional needs sibling to her brother, James, as well as offering learnings for us all…Growing up I didn't often see a family unit similar to my own; from a young age I was a carer for … Continue reading Five Ways To Support Additional Needs Siblings, An Often Overlooked Group