Starting secondary school

Bam started secondary school this September. Starting secondary school is a big step for any child. The change is huge – a child goes from having one/maybe two teachers all week to six a day. Suddenly, they are expected to follow a timetable and complete about four or fives times the amount of homework thanContinue reading “Starting secondary school”

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Awaiting EHCP decision

I’m waiting for the Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) decision to enter my inbox – it’s due on Monday but the local authority have warned me that there may be a delay of a few days. It’s really putting me on edge…we’ve been told that Bam’s application is borderline so I’m aware we mightContinue reading “Awaiting EHCP decision”

Bam on tour…school trip excitement

Last week Bam went on a school trip. The school asked him to write a summary of his day for the school newsletter – his account of his day is below. This piece really made me smile, his excitement and love of the outdoors really shines through. So here it is….handing over to Bam… ThankContinue reading “Bam on tour…school trip excitement”

Supporting the sibling of a special needs child

When you have a child with special needs, they can quite quickly and easily become the focus of your attention. They need extra support to keep up with daily life, they need extra understanding because sometimes they’re not able to keep up with daily life and they need extra energy because sometimes life can beContinue reading “Supporting the sibling of a special needs child”

Receiving a high functioning autism diagnosis

I walked into the doctor’s surgery feeling a bit nervous. I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew we would be there for two hours and that they were going to do two types of assessment. I didn’t know what the assessments would involve, I hadn’t prepared myself for the emotional impact either –Continue reading “Receiving a high functioning autism diagnosis”

Act of kindness at the top of a lighthouse

Living with a child with ADHD inevitably brings the odd challenge along the way…When those challenges arise the behaviour and reactions of those around you can make a difficult situation better or worse Yesterday I was lucky to be in the company of a very lovely Nan! Here’s what happened. We were in Plymouth visitingContinue reading “Act of kindness at the top of a lighthouse”

Bam is 10!

Warning to pregnant Mummas – contains detail of a difficult birth Wow, how does a decade go so fast….Bam is 10 today and I’m looking back wondering how we arrived at today so quickly! This morning he said to me ‘ Mum, you can have a glass of wine tonight. I’m impressed you have keptContinue reading “Bam is 10!”

You didn’t glance back?

Dearest Bam, I know you didn’t glance back today after I kissed you goodbye. Why would you? You were full to the brim with excitement for your residential trip with the school. Chatting to your mates about Pokémon cards and which activities you were going to do. I heard you say ‘I’m going to do everything!’Continue reading “You didn’t glance back?”

Family on tour

It’s the Easter holidays, time for a mini break with the darling children. The sun is shining, we pack up the car and head down to the lovely county of Devon. Kids have electronic devices to entertain them on our journey. All goes pretty smoothly, apart from the frequent occurrence of bottom odour from oneContinue reading “Family on tour”

TV documentary on ADHD

As soon as I found out that there was going to be a documentary on ADHD with Rory Bremner, I couldn’t wait to see it. I’m always keen to learn more about the condition, hoping to hear a nugget of information that may help my Bam. I’m pleased to say the documentary most definitely didn’tContinue reading “TV documentary on ADHD”