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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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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Guest Story by Livia Vass

Livia Vass is a typesetter and mum to two lively boys (one on the spectrum) and two sweet cats. Her son was diagnosed age 9, so they are further along on the autism journey.

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Autism | The Moment I Knew

Knowing all I know now, I wondered how on earth we ever reached the end of that pier in the first place. I don’t remember too much about the walk back to our spot on the beach but it must have been calm. Quiet and reflective. My little boy was different. I knew it then. I just needed to know why. I needed to know how I could help him.

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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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5 Things This Autism Mummy Dreads

What do you do when your noise sensitive child is simultaneously the noisiest person you know? That’s not a question I have the answer to, other than just let them do their thing. Some days Sonny cannot bear the noise of the television, the loud buzz of a hedge cutter or his brother humming a song. Zachary, only 2 years of age, is fully aware of Sonny’s noise sensitivity and will scream as loud as possible to see his reaction, much to our delight.

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When Catch Up Coffees & Kids Don’t Mix

Looks from fellow coffee drinkers around us only added to the pressure. I’m certain Zachary knew this and upped his game. He knew I was trying to keep him hush and he wasn’t having any of it.

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I Was Sad But You Smiled

I knew it was coming. I picked you up from school and was handed a letter. It read ‘a whole school trip to the pantomime’ and I felt sad. I looked at you Sonny and you were happy. You smiled at me with your cheeky grin and those big blue eyes, I smiled back and ruffled your hair before tucking the letter into my bag. You’re so sweet but I felt sad.

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Same New Beginnings.

You love to win, you always have to win,  it makes you so cross when you loose. I try to help you understand it’s good to share, when we share everybody is happy. When you don’t win you throw yourself on the floor and scream and cry.

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For us that’s OK.

Sonny I see this is hard for you, I know your frustrated. You cry, stomp, growl and throw things. You sulk by the front door and bite your nails like you do when your anxious. I wish there was a way I could help you better understand. We can have so much fun this week. Mummy really misses you when you go to school, I love having you home.

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