Why Getting Birthday’s Right Matters!

June is the month where three generations of Arnold’s celebrate their birthdays; James, me and my Dad. Chronologically, and just by a few hours, the first is James’ birthday. This has been the second birthday he has had during the pandemic, the second birthday that we’ve not been able to celebrate with him as we … Continue reading Why Getting Birthday’s Right Matters!

Holiday! Celebrate! – A Song For Additional Needs Families In 2021

Who knew that when global pop icon Madonna’s third hit single, ‘Holiday’, hit the airwaves in 1983 that the words to this upbeat pop classic would become so iconic for the world some 38 years later. As we arrive at the second COVID-19 summer many families are looking for a much-needed holiday, but with so … Continue reading Holiday! Celebrate! – A Song For Additional Needs Families In 2021

Leaving Lockdown: Learning To Listen To Each Other, Our Children, And Ourselves

We are surrounded by noise, whether it is the noise of people around us, the constant noise of technology, the noise of kitchen appliances, the noise of cars and trucks, emergency vehicles, planes and trains. There is noise everywhere and perhaps that is one reason why we've become less good at listening… listening to each … Continue reading Leaving Lockdown: Learning To Listen To Each Other, Our Children, And Ourselves

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

COVID-19 Jabs And Young People With Additional Needs

James is in his late teens, is autistic, has learning difficulties, epilepsy and anxiety, and so he came in towards the bottom end of category ‘six’ in the Government’s COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups: Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group.Last week it was James’ turn to have his first COVID-19 vaccination. … Continue reading COVID-19 Jabs And Young People With Additional Needs

Are You Feeling Exhausted?

We will soon be at the anniversary of the beginning of the first COVID-19 lockdown, which began with Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on the 23rd March 2020. A year on, and still in the third lockdown, every day seems the same; many of us are feeling a weariness, an overwhelming sense of exhaustion. It … Continue reading Are You Feeling Exhausted?

What Is Your Favourite Photo Of Your Additional Needs Child?

Possibly like no generations before, our children have grown up with their whole lives being captured on camera. Whatever our views on social media, many of our children have had their lives broadcast to the world as every achievement, milestone or event has been posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or a hundred other platforms.As parents … Continue reading What Is Your Favourite Photo Of Your Additional Needs Child?

Looking For Light In The Darkness

These times we are living in are hard, aren’t they? Living through the last 12-months has sometimes seemed like a never ending ‘Groundhog Day’, and the current lockdown has seemed harder that previously due to fatigue and the weather not being so good.It seems so dark, and I don’t just mean the still short days … Continue reading Looking For Light In The Darkness

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

The International Day of Education In A Global Pandemic

The third International Day of Education (January 24) will be marked on Monday 25 January 2021 under the theme 'Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation'. This day, celebrated globally, shines a light on the need to create and sustain educational opportunities for every child, and for these opportunities to be lifelong.When it adopted the … Continue reading The International Day of Education In A Global Pandemic