Published Sunday, June 18, 2017 by

ASD & SEND Roundup #28

weekly round up of autism and special needs blog posts & articles

It has been a crazy busy week with our wedding anniversary, my company offsite, a neighbourhood street party, Father's day lunch, and my brother is visiting us for 2 weeks from Seattle.

After such a crazy week it is lovely to be able to sit in my garden listening to the birds and take some time for myself. I am increasingly working out how important it is for me to take time out, especially when life gets busy. For years, I have been going to the doctors for blood tests as I was concerned about how tired I was on Saturday mornings ... no matter how much sleep I got. I now realise that I need Saturday mornings to myself in order to "power up" after the demands of the week and the pressures of parenting. After feeling guilty for so long, I am finally starting to accept that it is what I need to be able to function.

With a visitor in the house, Eldest has also had a difficult week. The first night he was wound up tighter than a spring, and it took us hours to get him to calm down enough to be able to go to bed. After a few days of being in a state of heightened anxiety, we seem to be calming down again. It has been a reminder to us that we need to prepare Eldest for when people come to visit us, and for us to ensure that we have something planned to help him work through his emotions during these times. My mum will be heading over to visit us from South Africa for a few weeks. Hopefully, we will be better prepared for her visit.

This week I was struck by two blog posts Scary Mommy's The Loneliness of Special Needs Parenting and Ellen Stumbo's Special Needs Parents you are not invisible, I see you. Being a special needs parent can be challenging, and incredibly lonely at times. The community of SEND parents can make such a difference, especially during the challenging times when you need understanding, advice and support from other parents who have been through similar challenges.  Please do get in touch if you have any questions - if I can't answer it, I know a great group of SEND parents who will be able to offer some advice.

A happy Father's Day to all the Dads, and all of the amazing mums.

Helen xx

Articles included in the roundup this week:

  • I will not let a broken system break my little boy. - Someone's Mum 
  • James An Interactive Cartoon And Games From Chaudron Magique - Savvy 
  • The genius in people with learning, mental health issues 
  • How Does A School Decide If They Can Meet The Needs Of A Student With SEND? - Mummy Times Two 
  • Why I dislike the phrase ‘If you’ve met one person with autism…' - Someone's Mum 
  • SEND Round-up: Awareness, behaviour & care | BritMums 
  • Parenting from a special Perspective: Life with ASD and the rest 
  • 1001 Awesome Adventures to Defeat Boredom This Summer - UK Yankee 
  • Inclusion at its best 
  • The Glad Game - Mummy Times Two 
  • Special needs parents, you are not invisible, I see you - Ellen Stumbo 
  • My Explosive Child Has Lost Control - What Do I do? - Not The Former Things 
  • Politics and Special Interests. 
  • Learning About The World With North Star Geography - Not The Former Things 
  • Listen. 
  • He’s 9 years old and has autism. He’s headed to gymnastics nationals for the third time. 
  • How to answer our children's awkward questions ... 
  • The Loneliness Of Special Needs Motherhood 
  • Why my autistic son would be a great father 
  • The one where I confess 
  • Birthdays, Cake & Autism
  • The Reality of Autism and Lack of Danger Awareness 
  • What Happened When A Child Refused To Have My Autistic Daughter In Her Team