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. ItContinue reading “Are You Feeling Exhausted?”

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 enjoyedContinue reading “Washing My Autistic Sons’ Feet”

12 Days Of Additional Needs Christmas

Traditionally, the twelve days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and run on until January 6th which is ‘Epiphany’ or ‘Three Kings’ Day, the day that marks the arrival of the three wise men in the nativity story. It’s also usually the day when all the Christmas decorations come down. I thought it would be funContinue reading “12 Days Of Additional Needs Christmas”

Parents Out Of Fuel

Some days stay in the memory a long time, this one I will never forget; it was the day that I learned what a terrific sense of humour God has! And I was on the receiving end. As so many stories do, this one started quite simply… A long time before the word ‘lockdown’ had become theContinue reading “Parents Out Of Fuel”

Additional Needs Parenting: Unpredictable, Impactful, Inspirational

Most of you know that James, our 18-year-old autistic son, has had times when it has been hard for him to leave the house, with all the disruption that causes around school, work, socialising etc. Things are better now than they were, but still remain quite unpredictable with the occasional hard day; however the journey,Continue reading “Additional Needs Parenting: Unpredictable, Impactful, Inspirational”

Special Needs Dads And The Self-Care Challenge

Special Needs Dads (Pater Specialibus Necessitates) are an interesting breed; I should know, I am one, and one of many ‘hats’ I wear is that of Founder of ‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’ (https://thedadsfirecircle.com), a place for Special Needs Dads to gather. Now, Special Needs Dads come in all kinds; there are the Dads that areContinue reading “Special Needs Dads And The Self-Care Challenge”

Additional Needs Parenting Is Like Being A Circus Performer

Additional Needs parenting can be a bit like a circus sometimes, maybe more than we would like to admit!  Here’s a (hopefully) light-hearted look at how at times we can play many of the familiar roles of circus performers… Circus (noun):  a travelling company of acrobats, clowns, and other entertainers which gives performances, typically in a large tent,Continue reading “Additional Needs Parenting Is Like Being A Circus Performer”

Special Needs Parents Are Candles, Burning Between Hope And Despair

Parents of children with additional/special needs and disabilities are often labelled negatively; ‘troublemakers’, ‘confrontational’, ‘needy’, ‘over-sharing’. I’ve seen parents blamed for their child’s disability, I’ve seen parents told that they have no right to speak on behalf of, or share details about, their child. I’ve seen parents told that they are wrong to feel orContinue reading “Special Needs Parents Are Candles, Burning Between Hope And Despair”

‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, A Place For Additional Needs Dads To Gather

Let me give you a little glimpse into how my mind works sometimes…. My family and I were watching Ben Fogle, his ‘New Lives In The Wild’ show on Channel 5, have you seen it? It’s about people who have given up the rat-race and gone to live a life in the wild places; it’sContinue reading “‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, A Place For Additional Needs Dads To Gather”

A Dads’ Story: Disney Pixar’s Film ‘Float’ Is About Bobby Rubio’s Autistic Son

When Disney Pixar release a new short animated film, it’s usually something to get excited about. When it is written, directed and produced by a parent of an Autistic child, and he uses the film to give us a glimpse into his and his son’s story, then it’s going to be ground-breaking. ‘Float’, a seven-minuteContinue reading “A Dads’ Story: Disney Pixar’s Film ‘Float’ Is About Bobby Rubio’s Autistic Son”