Lack of safety awareness = stress!

For most families it must feel such a simple thing, heading out a few blocks walk to the local shops to run an errand. In fact in such beautiful sunny weather like today it should be a pleasure...,2 children with learning disability, no safety awareness and sensory issues it's not that simple!As there was only…

Rainbows week 3…

Was a trip to the local Pizza Hut. Angel has been very excited about going to eat pizza with rainbows! Mummy was more nervous about leaving her... Will she sit still? Will she make a bolt for the door? Will she cope with the noise? Well 15 little girls and all the noise and she…

A step into mainstream

What a lovely phone call to receive this evening. Angel has a place at one of our local rainbow packs! Max 15 girls in a local school 10 minutes walk from our home, I couldn't be more delighted! Our first experience of a local pack wasn't great - a 'closed shop' so Angel wasn't welcome,…

No blue badge for a learning disabled child is like taking away their freedom….

I have to admit to shedding a tear in front of Angel today.. Mummy's upset she says....why? We were sitting in the SMART (SouthEast mobility and rehabilitation technology centre) in Edinburgh having been referred there for Angel's blue badge assessment. She has had a blue badge for 3 years and it has transformed our ability…

Soldier’s voice #2

Soldier certainly made me laugh today, he may be non-verbal but he knows what he wants! I was recently updating his clothes for the summer, I thought lets be bold and get something a bit different from his navy, denim and beige trousers. Well if going to be bold lets not do it by half,…

A diagnosis, so why so confused??

Yesterday our world was turned upside down again! We turned up for a routine appointment for Angel to find out we had results for our Soldier from a leading edge genetics study of developmental disorders that Soldier has been part of for 3 years. This study is called DDD (deciphering developmental disorders) and holds the hope…

Soldier’s voice #1

As many of us with kids on the autistic spectrum know there are so many different views of autism especially non-verbal autism. Some schools of thought are that children who present with autism, are non-verbal and appear to have severe learning disability are  just that severely mentally impaired. Other schools of thought are that the…

Heartbreaking loneliness

I have to admit to feeling like a bad parent at the moment..... Our Soldier has started to show some interest in interacting with our Angel but in true autistic style he much prefers his own company and in fact really struggles in normal noisy children's company and takes himself off to a quiet spot.…