The Neurodiverse Coke Can

There is a great analogy that helps to explain why neurodiverse children (e.g. who are Autistic, or have ADHD) are perceived to be able to ‘cope’ and be ‘fine’ at school, but can become overwhelmed by the time they get home. There are so many stories about children who appear to be totally different in these two settings; the coke can analogy helps us understand why… Here’s Jack’s story.

Fathers’ Day – The Dads Collection!

On Sunday 19th June it is Fathers’ Day. A day which will be celebrated by some, mourned by others, a day of mixed emotions for more. Writing as ‘The Additional Needs Blogfather’, and as Founder of ‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, Dads of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities have always been closeContinue reading “Fathers’ Day – The Dads Collection!”

Busting Ten Autism Myths

Busting Ten Autism Myths There are an awful lots of Autism myths out there; most are ridiculous, some would actually be quite funny if they weren’t so harmful, but they do seem to somehow persist in the national consciousness. So, here’s my guide to the top ten Autism myths and how we can bust them:Continue reading “Busting Ten Autism Myths”

Supporting Special Needs Dads

There’s a rare breed that with some notable exceptions we don’t get to see so much of. A group of people that can often slip off the radar and go unnoticed. A demographic that rarely gets a mention in the chat forums or magazines. Special needs Dads. In my day job I provide training andContinue reading “Supporting Special Needs Dads”

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 eachContinue reading “Leaving Lockdown: Learning To Listen To Each Other, Our Children, And Ourselves”

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”

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”