3 ways to reduce anxiety for children at school

3 ways to reduce anxiety for children at school

I write this blog as a parent who thought long and hard about my boys return to school following the global pandemic of 2020 and as a teacher who is supporting students as they recently returned to the education that they have missed for five long months.    It’s...

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11 things that autism has taught me

11 things that autism has taught me

I am a huge fan of the app ‘Time Hop’ and check it each morning for a reminder of past adventures and dramas! Today I read that eleven years ago to the date, Harry was officially diagnosed with autism. Eleven years. Is that all? It feels like an eternity. I have...

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5 ways to feel less anxious wearing a face mask

5 ways to feel less anxious wearing a face mask

I have to admit, I didn't expect to feel as anxious as I did on day one of wearing my face mask while I shopped. I appreciate that our NHS workers (including my Mum and Sister) are wearing full PPE for hours on end and they all have my utmost respect. I am in no way...

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COVID 19; Why protecting our children isn’t always helpful

COVID 19; Why protecting our children isn’t always helpful

Ok so first of all I want to say that this is as far from a public health announcement as you can get. Parents and carers absolutely should be protecting our children; ensuring that they are washing their hands regularly, observing social distancing wherever possible...

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Making a difference with Sense International

Making a difference with Sense International

It feels like a lifetime ago since I was in Kenya with Sense International looking at the work the charity does to support deaf blind children and their families. I’m not going to lie, I’ve seen the adverts on TV that tug at the heart strings, showing lives a world...

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SEND parenting; needing what we don’t want

SEND parenting; needing what we don’t want

I had planned the lives of my twins before they even arrived. Not in a control freak kind of way, but in an 'I'm taking for granted that my babies will be fine' kind of way and in honesty, I didn't realise I had done it until I was told it had been taken away from us...

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Sharing my 9 lessons from Kenya

Sharing my 9 lessons from Kenya

Recently, I was privileged to be invited out to Kenya as part of the press team with Sense International to see the work that they are doing in and around Nairobi with children who are deaf blind. I had few expectations before I went as I really had no idea what work...

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Why we will never be a ‘normal’ family

Why we will never be a ‘normal’ family

When my premature twins were born, we were told that twin 2, Harry, had been born with a rare craniofacial condition called Goldenhar syndrome. Before his third birthday he had also been diagnosed with autism. I didn't want to hear these diagnoses, I didn't want...

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