• Autism

    Something Special Pairs Game

    For those of you unaware Something Special is a show on CBeebies, it’s hosted by Justin Fletcher and Mr Tumble. The series is created for kids with special needs and they use Makaton sing language throughout the show. Its a show that Ethan never used to take any interest in but as he has got older he is starting to pay more attention to it.  So whilst shopping I was quite surprised to see this Something Special Pairs Game in the shop as I never knew they made any merchandise. I had to buy them as the cards also have the Makaton signs on them and I thought what a perfect game for Ethan. …

  • Autism

    Routine?

    Over and over again I have been told that autistic children thrive on routine and I know that when Ethan was a baby he set his own feeding routine and we happily followed it but I have always thought we are more organised chaos than strict routine. I also feel Ethan is quite happy to take things in his stride as he has always managed well in all of the new situations we have put him in. It’s the little things that happen that make me realise yes Ethan does follow a routine, not a strict routine but he likes things done in a certain way. I was made aware of one…

  • Ethan

    Moving Up…

    At Ethan’s swimming lesson today we were told the following magical words… Ethan is ready to move up to the next group!   I couldn’t believe it, I feel like I have been waiting to move up to the next class for ages as we have seen so many other toddlers come and go.  So after Easter we will be in the next age group. This means that our swimming lessons will now be in the leisure pool and not in the teaching pool I will therefore have to swim with Ethan as I’m too short to stand on the bottom of the swimming pool. This will be a challenge for both of us…

  • Autism

    The Realisation That Our Son Is Autistic

    It has taken me a while to be able to write this post as I wanted to wait until we had received Ethan’s diagnosis and as this will be my 100th post I thought no time like the present. I have also wanted to write this post in the hope that it may help others on their journey with autism as reading other peoples blogs and experiences helped me with the realisation of autism, they still do! If you have stumbled across our blog because you think your child may be autistic I want you to know that the way you are feeling now will improve. It will take time and I think a…

  • Family

    Mini Apple & Banana Muffins

    I managed to drag myself off of the sofa today and finally away from watching the Steps concert for the millionth time this week to try to make some healthy snacks for Ethan.  I found this recipe on the Change 4 Life website in part of their be food smart campaign and thought we would give them a go.  There are two positive things about this recipe the first is I would class these as a cake so we may hopefully be able to replace the angel slices with these. The second is that they contain banana which Darren can’t stand therefore this means they will be in the kitchen…

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