Start the day the easy way | Great British Porridge Co

B R E A K F A S T is indeed the most important meal of the day. It breaks the overnight fast and replenishes your body’s supply of glucose and other important nutrients. A good first meal fuels your body with enough energy to see you through to lunch. It’s been well documented that kids who eat breakfast generally have more energy and tend to do better in school. I’ve always been open and honest about the challenges we’ve had with Sonny and school and the struggles we’ve had with his relationship with food. I’m happy to share a brief summary of his journey so far with those that are curious. (Especially to those that feel the need to comment on how ‘nicely covered’ Sonny has become this last year) *Those are my words, not theirs.*

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SPACE Helping Families With Children on the Spectrum

Last week I wrote a piece on why I’ve chosen to fundraise for a local charity called SPACE for this years World Autism Awareness Week. I wanted to take the opportunity to explain a little more about the charity and what makes them so worthy of your donation. Space is a Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum, with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a related condition. The group has been running since 2007 and became a registered charity in 2017.

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Why I’m Fundraising For SPACE Autism Awareness Week 2018

Space is a charity supporting and relieving the needs of families and carers of children and young people diagnosed or under assessment for ASD, ADHD and related conditions but not exclusively.

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Knebworth House | An Autism Friendly Dinosaur Adventure

The historical Knebworth House is local to us. A mere 10 minutes drive, it’s famous worldwide for its rock concerts, open air cinema and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton. We pass it all the time on our travels but have never been.

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Zippy Spinners | Fidget Toys For Autism and Anxiety

Sonny suffers terribly with anxiety and having toys to hold helps to keep him calm. He has a strong need to fiddle and chew resulting in nails so bitten they have bled or become infected. I have brought so many different things in a desperate bid to distract him from chewing his fingers; Playdoh, Blutac, Theraputty, twisty toys, bendy toys and stretchy dinosaurs. We even tried various techniques I had learnt on an Autism course, but still Sonny chews his fingers.

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Screen Time with MITA | The Autism Therapy App

In a bid to find a new app for Sonny to explore, I came across MITA, a Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism app based on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)

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Luton Airport Fire Station

On Friday, Joe, Sonny and I took to the road. We had dropped Riley off at school to take the coach to the Peter Pan pantomime. Zachary went for a play at his Nanny’s house while we embarked on an adventure of our own. We’d been invited to Luton and Dunstable Airport Fire Station to meet some very special people.

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Elf on the Shelf – A Modern Christmas Tradition

For those of you who are not yet familiar with the concept, allow me to introduce you to a magical run up to Christmas Eve. Elf on the Shelf is a wonderful Christmas tradition, one you’ll wish you’d have known about sooner. The Elves live in the North Pole and adopt a family to help Father Christmas manage his ‘Naughty and Nice’ list. He arrives on the 1st day of December to greet his new family and each night flies back to the north pole to report to Father Christmas how the children have been that day…

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