SEND Round-up: Parenting challenges and Different Lives

special needs blog posts sliderThis month brought several posts highlighting the differences which living with children with additional needs can bring.

Jane from Our Little Escapades talked about Ethan?s First Parent Evening and how that differed from what she?d have expected at a mainstream school. Tracey experienced feelings that I?m guessing most of us have had when trying a day out, but ended up posting a great piece of positive thinking in Why You Shouldn?t Compare.

Autism Mumma also wrote about some challenges which arose in her day out; her post Time with T covered several familiar-sounding issues. Gym Bunny Mummy listed 20 Things Not To Say To A Parent Of A Child With Autism, one of which is the standard ?but all toddlers do that?. That took me back to when our girl was younger, and a time when it may have been more difficult for others to see how she was different. The early days of diagnosis can be the most challenging for many reasons and all parents need extra support and understanding at this time.

Help and advice also featured this month; Advocacy in Action posted about some interesting research which has thrown up Three Factors That Keep Relationships Strong and Diary of An Imperfect Mum told us How To Make A Visual Timetable. Abstract Lucas offers a few different solutions in her post Deep Jaw Pressure and The Need To Chew, and Looking For Blue Sky explains Why Adult Disability Services Are Needed.

I was pleased to be able to post a bit more about Girls With Autism and PDA Strategies, and to be able to publish the words of another mum who has been through difficult times but who is now seeing some improvements thanks to the help of a very special school.

Final bit of information for you all this month ? the lovely Orli who used to write at Orli, Just Breathe, has started blogging afresh with her acceptance that disability is all around ? read more at A Few More Steps. Happy reading all and please do leave your links for posts you?d like included in next month?s round-up.

 

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About Steph Curtis

Steph Curtis is mum to two primary-age girls and blogs at Steph?s Two Girls. She started blogging over five years ago after her youngest daughter Sasha was given a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (also called ASD or Autism). A buyer of toys and stationery in her pre-children life, Steph has now become a Trainer to help all parents of children with disabilities find support and information. Although ASD was the original diagnosis for Sasha, it is believed that she actually has a specific type of autism known as Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Steph is keen to raise awareness of this condition and will soon be running courses for parents to help with strategies for everyday life. Steph is on Twitter as @stephc007 and is a huge Facebook and Instagram fan.

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